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10 Technology Master Data Handling and Workflow

Stack, Laura Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

How executives organize their personal work matters more now than it ever has. Things as simple as efficient time management, organization, and email processing help you save time and sharpen the knife of effectiveness. Do you know how to triage your time, abandoning and delegating tasks until all that remains is the lean, profitable meat of your job? Even something as simple as how you handle information can smooth your workflow, saving you more of that most precious of resources: time.

Technology has been a blessing in this regard, but it’s a two-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s helped make modern workers more productive. The cloud computing phenomenon alone has simplified access to anywhere/anytime information, letting us do our work no matter where we are.

Conversely, technology can be tyrannical. Not only do you risk Schlimmbesserung (the effort to make something better that actually makes it worse; in this case, the flood of new work triggered by supposed timesaving inventions), it sometimes makes it easier for others to steal proprietary information. You may also become trapped by your technology, unable to survive without it.

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8 A Vision for a More Humane Tech

Wadhwa, Vivek; Salkever, Alex Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Imagine that your smartphone had a pause button that would stop all buzzing and notifications for multiples of fifteen minutes and clear your home screen to leave nothing on it except for a clock—and that you could block all incoming messages by pushing a single button on the phone. You might say that your phone already does that with its Do Not Disturb (DND) mode, but DND requires quite a bit of management in its present state, and when the DND period ends, you get a rush of notifications, followed by newly arriving notifications. What if you could program the phone to send you notifications only on the hour, in regular batches?

In fact, someone has already invented a phone like that. It’s named “Siempo,” and it was designed by a team from the ground up to encourage more conscious, thoughtful use of applications and technology, and to return to users control over their lives. Siempo calls the device the “phone for humans.”1 Siempo was launched on Kickstarter in March 2017, and it raised only a fraction of its goal of $500,000. Sadly, the market did not fully validate what Siempo was offering.

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EQ #21 Doing a Fair Share

Adele Lynn HRD Press, Inc. PDF

50 Activities for Developing Emotional Intelligence

Coaching Tips for the Coach/Trainer

The level to which people contribute in the workplace is an area that causes concern for the leader as well as peers and co-workers. When workers believe that there is a sense of fair and equal contributions expected by everyone, workers are more accepting of their share. However, when people think that some co-workers are permitted to slack and not carry their fair share of the workload, resentment sets in. Also, if employees perceive that the boss does not carry his or her fair share, this also causes a climate of resentment. Needless to say, many of these issues are driven by opinion and perception, however, the emotionally intelligent manager knows that it is his or her job to manage the perceptions and create an environment that is perceived as fair.

The point of this exercise is to allow participants to honestly evaluate the contribution levels of their employees. Although no two employees’ contributions will ever be exactly the same, a general sense of equity within the work team is important. When people in the workplace believe that all are required to do their share, they accept their share more willingly.

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Chapter 9 Why Circle Takes Us to the Shadow

Baldwin, Christina Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The strength of the circle environment allows a broad range of human interaction and provides enough structure so that people have insights that increase their capacities. This includes unconscious material that comes forward for healing. As we gain experience, circle helps hold and integrate the natural complexity and diversity of human beings.

We get very busy in the spheres of our lives, focused on a hundred things we consider essential and important. Yet when we slow down, as circle slows us down, the issues submerged under our busyness rise to the surface. Sometimes this is a gentle process—like looking around a circle of friends and thinking, Wow, I really belong. These people—we care about each other, and feeling our hearts open and threads of storyline weave into our check-in. Sometimes what’s going on in us is a shock—like listening to a circle of colleagues checking in with one negative comment after another and thinking, Boy, are we exhausted or what? We can’t even tap into something hopeful to say to each other, and feeling overwhelmed. We slow down. We start to listen to our inner story and the stories around us. We look around, and sometimes we see clearly who is in the circle with us and sometimes we recall a figure from the past or sense an aspect of ourselves we have not claimed or a reflection that seems cloudy and disturbing. This eruption of personal history and the psychological veil that fell over the present was modeled in the story of Diana and Doug in the preceding pages. These are all aspects of the human shadow.

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11 Principle 7 Relying on Feelings and Intuition

Levine, Stewart Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion, creatures bristling with prejudice and motivated by pride and vanity.

Dale Carnegie

Although attitudes are changing, most people still accept that the world operates on the premise of logic. Aristotle and Newton would be proud of how we follow their basic cognitive precepts about the way the world works. Everything fits into a category, A flows into B, and consequences are predictable.

Based on what is being written and what traditional institutions are integrating (alternative and Eastern forms of medicine are good examples), I believe we may be on the verge of creating a new foundation. The scientific method needs to be supplemented. In this global village, we are facing many challenges so complex that new theoretical models are needed for the solutions and resolutions to our current challenges.

A wonderful example of this kind of inquiry is the bestseller Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley, a businessperson, consultant, and professor.16 Wheatley noticed that most of the fundamental principles around which we build organizations and institutions are grounded in Newtonian logic. This conceptualizes the world in terms of “materialism and reductionism—a focus on things other than relationships.” Newtonian logic was leading-edge thinking at the time his fundamental principles were adopted. As I write, a dialogue is taking place about the benefit social and value networks add to an organization as well as Ken Wilbur’s A Brief History of Everything and Eckart Tolle’s The Power of Now.17

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