Blinded By Belief (Article)

INSEAD Knowledge is the expert opinion on and management insights portal of INSEAD Business School. Writer of this article, Manfred Kets, works with business executives and has written and spoken a lot about leadership and working in teams. In this specific article he addresses signs of people suffering from”denialism”; refusal to admit the truth of a concept or proposition that is supported by the majority of scientific or historical evidence. Manfred explains that denialism comes from a defensive mechanism built in stress where people have learned to say or do whatever is needed to disarm the opponents logic. We all have met someone like this (or maybe you are one of them?!), but how do you work with them? Manfred explains that you need to first acknowledge when the defense mechanism flares up. Once realized try to ask open ended question to explore what they are running from and to arrive at self-understanding instead of having it imposed on them. Make sure you’re clear in saying that no one has the answers and try to go from there. More information and detail in the article!

Better Decisions (Article)

McKinsey is the world’s leading management consulting firm serving 70% of the Fortune 1000 and has produced more CEOs proportionally in large scale corporations than any other company in the world. Their website also provides articles, insights, and case studies on topics such as leadership and  organizational structure. In this case, have you ever wondered how to avoid poor decision maker as a leader? This insight provides a 5 minute read on the main issues that has an influence on decision making: bias, deciding types, deciding behavior, and organizational decision making. With each issue they provide a short infographic and/or explanation. In addition, for every issue they provided a link to a case study explaining it’s importance when making decisions as a leader within an organization. This is why they call it a quick briefing in five, or a fifty-minute deeper dive!

Why You Need a Creative Hobby, Even if You Think You’re Too Busy (Article)

Foundr is a multifaceted digital business that is independently published, with the muscle of a traditional media company. Their mission is to create a supportive, potent global community and to provide young/new entrepreneurs with courage and valuable information. This article is about the potential effects of having a creative hobby that you enjoy regularly. The article uses research to provide potential evidence that making time for a creative hobby regularly can have positive benefits for your work. Some of the benefits of having a creative hobby which is further explained in the article are performing better at work, greater feeling of control/mastery, opportunity to recharge, diversifying your attention (taking pressure off your work), building your network, and more.

The Who, What and Why of Global Personal Player Development (Article)

BelievePerform is a website developed to bring together those who have a passion for sport psychology as well as those who want to get a better understanding of the field. Writer, Dr. Mark Robinson, is founder of Personal Player Development LLC and assists the athletic community in understanding the issues and challenges athletes encounter along the athletic journey. In this article, Dr Robinson writes about the importance of Personal Development for athletes, though elite performer in their field/industry/concentration could benefit from this. Robinson claims that personal development assists in understanding athletic identity, decision-making, and coping skills throughout life. This aspect appears to often often be ignored in an athlete’s life. Explanation is provided why there is a lack of guidance in personal development and what the cost of this has been for many athletes around the world.

Leadership with a Smile Managing Our Emotions as a Tool of Enacting Leadership (Article)

TThe European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. The writer, Dr. Marian Izatt-White, focuses her research around successful leadership on a day-to-day basis. In this article she writes about the balance of being authentic, while managing your emotions for effective leadership. The article provides real-world examples of instances where managers needed to control their emotions (such as in redundancies and disciplinary conversations) and when they effectively allowed for authentic emotions to surface. Preparation, having an outlet, and exercise are among the advises to control your emotional outlet in a professional setting.

The Science of Breathing: How Slowing It Down Can Make Us Calm and Productive (Article)

Forbes Media is a global media, branding and technology company, with a focus on news and information about business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles. In this article, contributor Seth Porges simplifies the explanation of how our autonomic nervous system works, it’s ties to stress and anxiety, and how breathing can be used as a solution to get rid of those unpleasant feelings. When stressed and anxious the sympathetic nervous system (the fight or flight part of our nervous system) reacts causing body reactions such as shortage of breath and tensing of your muscles.  Porges writes that slow, consistent, and deep breathing can slow down all bodily functions leaving you in a calmer and more controlled state. Dr. Gerbarg suggests coherent breathing as a daily practice, such as slow and long breaths of about 10 to 12 seconds, can significantly improve your ability to deal with feelings such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

Stoicism 101 (Article)

Time Ferriss is a writer, entrepreneur, and investor who dedicated his time on learning from experts in their field and experimenting himself with new challenges. Ferriss lives by the philosophy of stoicism and was initially inspired by the letters of Lucius Seneca (these letters are provided for free on his website) back in 2006. In this blog, Tim lets his friend Ryan Holiday (author, marketer, and entrepreneur) talk about stoicism, what it stands for, and how you can apply it in your own life.  The fundamentals of stoicism are based off the practice of misfortune, training perception to avoid good and bad, and remembering it’s all ephemeral (remember how small you are). According to Ryan and Tim, the reason for the significant impact of stoicism in their lives is because it’s a philosophy that provides simple and practical rules that you can live by.

Harvard Psychologist: “Why You’re Not Achieving Your Goals” (Article)

The World Economic Forum carefully blends and balances the best of many kinds of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, international organizations and academic institutions. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Harvard Social Psychologist, Amy Cuddy, has focused most of her career on research why people do or do not achieve their goals. This article writes about the importance of enjoying the process and not setting unrealistic poorly planned goals. In stead, she advises, chop up a big goal into a string of daily or weekly goals that are easier to accomplish.  The article provides a link to a video of Amy Cuddy personally explaining this issue.

Leadership Is a Journey, Not a Destination (Article)

INSEAD Knowledge is the expert opinion on and management insights portal of INSEAD Business School. Author, Ian Woodword, writes about the importance of being able to adjust your leadership qualities depending on the context rather than using the same skills for every situation. Disruption, volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity and diversity can change the type of leader that is needed for any given moment. Woodword provides the 6 A’s insightful leaders have which can help them adapt in a given context. Woodword also provides 6 capabilities the leaders, their team and the entire organization can benefit from to keep all who are involved focused and motivated.

Leo Messi and Larry Ellison Have More In Common Than You Think (Article)

The European Business Review is the leading business intelligence magazine provides readers with indispensable insight, current best practices and breakthrough ideas. This article discusses the Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and how Leo Messi (Barcelona striker) and Larry Ellison (CEO Oracle) both use it though one is for sport and the other for business. Explains HRV’s physical and emotional advantages. Heart Rate Variability is used for recovery, energy efficiency, program/work tailoring, and stress management.