Bold but Flexible: How to Effectively Share Your Vision

Not too long ago, opinion researchers held a focus group experiment in two Colorado towns: Boulder, known for its left-leaning politics, and Colorado Springs, where views typically reflect a more rightward bent. Not surprisingly, the researchers found that when people talked about big, complex issues like climate change or same-sex marriage with others who thought the same way, they didn’t become smarter on the subject; they just became more set in their opinions.

Source: www.ssireview.org

Creating change requires that organizations effectively communicate their vision in a way that draws in both existing allies and “unusual suspects.”

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Happiness Reveals a Lot about Our Choices — but It Isn’t Everything

When making a decision, does happiness win out over all? It’s important —even for decisions with implications that go far beyond simply achieving contentment, says Wharton operations and information management professor Alex Rees-Jones. But, as the saying goes, happiness isn’t everything. Often people knowingly forego the choice that will give them the most pleasure for one that satisfies other ideals or factors that are important to them.

Source: knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu

Happiness is something that is very important to people … but people will explicitly trade off the pursuit of happiness to pursue other goals.

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Why Certainty Matters in Business

Most people do not think much about certainty, but it governs most of what they do. “Certainty is the catalyst that turns attitudes into action,” says Zakary Tormala, a psychologist and associate professor of marketing in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His research, with Derek D. Rucker of Northwestern University, among others, has applications for executives, pollsters, and anyone who has an interest in spurring people to action. Managers who understand certainty can better groom leaders in their organizations.

Source: www.gsb.stanford.edu

A psychologist explores what makes our attitudes change over time.

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What Everyone Should Know About Managing Up

Having a healthy, positive relationship with your boss makes your work life much easier — it’s also good for your job satisfaction and your career. But some managers don’t make it easy. Bad bosses are the stuff of legend. And too many managers are overextended, overwhelmed, or downright incompetent — a topic that HBR has covered extensively over the years. Even if your boss has some serious shortcomings, it’s in your best interest, and it’s your responsibility, to make the relationship work.

Source: hbr.org

No matter what type of manager you have, there are some skills that are universally important to manage upwards.

How to Conduct an Effective Job Interview

The virtual stack of resumes in your inbox is winnowed and certain candidates have passed the phone screen. Next step: in-person interviews. How should you use the relatively brief time to get to know — and assess — a near stranger? How many people at your firm should be involved? How can you tell if a candidate will be a good fit? And finally, should you really ask questions like: “What’s your greatest weakness?”

Source: hbr.org

As the employment market improves and candidates have more options, hiring the right person for the job has become increasingly difficult.

Five Best Online Presentation Creation Tools

You don’t have to download an office suite to build great-looking presentations for work, a talk, or school. There are plenty of online options that work well from any computer with a web browser, whether it’s your desktop, a PC at work, or a laptop on the go. This week we’re looking at five of the best.

There are plenty of good reasons to consider an online presentation app—by and large, the best ones are either free or low-cost, they store all of your data online for you to access when you need it, and you don’t have to carry around files or your own computer to give a presentation—as long as there’s a web browser where you’re headed, you can give flawless talks—assuming you know your material of course—there’s more to a great presentation than the slides. Still, earlier in the week we asked you for the best online presentation creation tools, and you gave us a bunch of great options. Here are your five top picks, in no particular order.

Source: lifehacker.com

Take a look at the 5 best online presentation tools.

Creating People Advantage 2014-2015: How to Set Up Great HR Functions

Business leaders today are faced with an extremely dynamic business environment, characterized by technological innovation, blurring boundaries among industries, shifts in customer behavior, scarcity of talent, and huge variations in growth across regions. HR functions need to help companies meet these challenges as true strategic partners. To fulfill this mandate, however, HR leaders need a clear view of their current capabilities, their priorities over the next three to five years, and the best way to tailor efforts to improve.

Source: www.bcgperspectives.com

Three case studies illustrate how leading HR departments can take on a greater strategic role within organizations and help them compete more effectively.

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