1. 3 Ways to Stand Up and Be Heard When You’re on a Competitive Team
“Who doesn’t love to work on a high-performing team? It’s motivating to work with smart, dedicated colleagues who constantly add value to projects and are quick to execute on their responsibilities, then ask, ‘What’s next?’
But in some high-performing teams, collaboration gets put aside as competition heats up. Co-workers play verbal ping-pong in meetings, constantly promote their achievements, and put in long hours to try to gain an edge over their colleagues.
So what does it take to speak up and have a voice when you work in a highly competitive team?”
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A few very striking things have been brought to my attention this week. The first is that mindfulness meditation before bed is the perfect way to unwind, forget the troubles of the day and any anticipation of worry ahead. The focus is on the here and now, and this quite literally means bodily sensations like breathing. I’ve learnt that when we practice mindfulness, we accept all thoughts and feelings as they come and go, assigning no judgment to them.
The second is that finding happiness in our everyday work can change everything. The trickiest part is actually identifying the root of unhappiness and being prepared to do something about it. WICT UK VP, Kate Bradshaw writes in her article for LinkedIn Pulse that, ‘Some companies are hiring talented folk just to collaborate and deliver a specific project. That way they get the best people who want to be there. They’re on a contract, but all the better for being hired for what they’re really good at, and for a specific time, and most importantly for what they’re passionate about. This is the passion economy.’ So is the passion economy the way forward? Gwen Moran wrote for Fast Company this week, ‘If there truly aren’t aspects of your job that make you happy, create them’. Or is the solution to instead focus your efforts on finding a way in which you can contribute to what really matters to you?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
In the meantime, here are our Top 5 Reads of The Week including the articles by Kate Bradshaw and Gwen Moran and one on mindfulness meditation.
1. Why Passion Could Change Everything
WICT UK VP, Kate Bradshaw explores the impact of the passion economy on women and men, for businesses, for communities and society.
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1. 22 Books Women Think Men Should Read
“Time and again, lists of required reading for men circulate that seem more like lists of required reading BY men. Esquire’s list of 80 books all men should read included just one by a woman. AskMen’s 10 books men should read before 30 did as well – a cookbook. It’s become clear: Men think men should read books by men, about men.”