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Top 10 Articles We Liked

 

We are always reading and learning from others so in this section we will share with you some of the articles, papers, books etc that we have really liked and think you might find value in. Let us know what you think!
 


diversityCognitive bias cheat sheet: Because thinking is hard. - Buster Benson

I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. It’s been an invaluable reference for helping me identify the hidden flaws in my own thinking. Nothing else I’ve come across seems to be both as comprehensive and as succinct. However, honestly, the Wikipedia page is a bit of a tangled mess. read more...  

SHCC likes this because it gives the best summary we have seen for biases and why we have them.


playing to_win2Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works. - A.G. Lafley, and Roger L. Martin

Playing to Win outlines a proven method that has worked for some of today’s most celebrated brands and products. Coming from the Procter & Gamble the book provides very practical steps and guidelines to guide your thinking, choices and execution. It emphasises that strategy is all about choices. To win, a company must choose to do some things and not others. It guides the reader through topics like: What is our winning aspiration? Where will you play? How will you win? What capabilities must you have?"   

SHCC likes this because It breaks the strategy process down to steps that every employee can understand!


Work journeyPainful, Valuable Lessons From Taking Charge of My Career - Dr. Travis Bradberry...

"When it’s time to take action, remember that it’s always better to be at the bottom of the ladder you want to climb than at the top of one you don’t..

You are not a victim of circumstance. No one can force you to make decisions and take actions that run contrary to your values and aspirations. The circumstances you’re living in today are your own — you created them. Likewise, your future is entirely up to you. If you’re feeling stuck, it’s probably because you’re afraid to take the risks necessary to achieve your goals and live your dreams." read more...  

SHCC likes this because its a journey we can associate with - tough, but worth it!


Iron lady_Do you have grit? - Dr. Travis Bradberry...

"Grit is that “extra something” that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.

Developing grit is all about habitually doing the things that no one else is willing to do. There are quite a few signs that you have grit, and if you aren’t doing the following on a regular basis, you should be." read more...  

SHCC likes this because sometimes the difference between failure and success is putting one foot in front of the other.


Reframing questionsHow Reframing A Problem Unlocks Innovation (and strategy)...

Reframing problems enhance your ability to generate imaginative responses. By changing the frame, you dramatically change the range of possible solutions.

Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first fifty-five minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” read more...  

SHCC likes this because our work is often about new strategies and solutions that requires asking new questions.


Firms-of-EndearmentFirms or Endearment...

Most studies of corporate "greatness" start with financial performance and work backwards - this study started with human performance and worked forward.

The Companies identified follow a stakeholder focussed business model (vs shareholders only) returning 1025% over the past 10 years, compared to only 122% for the S&P 500 and 316% for the companies profiled in the bestselling book Good to Great read more...  

SHCC likes this because in the stakeholder focussed model we find a philosophical home for the Strategic Human Capital Consulting focus of the strategic role of People and Culture in the success of organisations.


Brain EQ_and_stress_2Retrain your stressed-out brain...

Organizational life is rife with toxic moments - impossible directives from headquarters, unreasonable people in positions of power, abrasive workmates, and on and on. So, how can we manage such constant stress, or outright distress?

One strategy for managing our reactions to hassles and upsets takes advantage of another dynamic between the prefrontal area and the amygdala circuitry. read more...  

SHCC likes this because it provides some of the most updated research on understanding the left-to-right ratio of prefrontal activity that accurately predicts our typical mood range day to day.


Getting-your-team-emotionally-engagedGetting your team emotionally engaged is half the leadership battle. Here's how to do it...

For leaders to be effective, they need to be able to be able to organize, direct, and focus people's efforts toward the goals of the organization. But that's only half of a leader’s job.

The other half is being able to engage people emotionally in the goals of the company. In studying highly effective organizations, we've found that the best leaders are the ones who can create self-direction and self-motivation in their people. " read more...  

SHCC likes this because of the idea of the paradoxical mindset leaders need when it comes to balancing a focus on people and results.


GoogleThe happines machine. How Google became such a great place to work...

This week, for the fourth consecutive year, Google was named the best company to work for by Fortune magazine - what are they doing right?."What we try to do is bring the same level of rigor to people decisions that we do to engineering decisions. Our mission is to have all people decisions be informed by data." read more...  

SHCC likes this because it shows the success of a data driven (hard nosed) approach to the 'soft issues'.


MindfulnessZen and the Art of Work...

Mindfulness is the simple practice of cultivating attention. It teaches us to raise awareness of what’s going on inside of you, so you can better deal with what’s going on outside you. read more...  

SHCC likes this because it gives a brief introduction to get you thinking about mindfulness .


Why-Talent-Leaves-300x22710 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You...

Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures. This column shares some research, observations, and insights on how to stop the talent door from revolving... read more...  

SHCC likes this because of the simplicty with which a complex problem is dealt.


Daniel GolemanDaniel Goleman: Flaming the Online Brain...

Nature designed the social brain for face-to-face interactions – not the online world. So how do social brains interact when we're sitting looking at a video monitor instead of directly at another person? We’ve had a major clue about the problems with this interface ever since the beginning of the Internet..... This clue is flaming. Flaming happens when someone is a little upset – or very upset – and with their amygdala in firm control, furiously types out a message and hits “send” before thinking about it... read more...  

SHCC likes this because of the insight into the role of the amygdala on the quality of our electronic communication.


logo-modal26 things I’ve learnt in 3 years since ‘escaping the city’ to start this website...

Friday 17th July 2009 was the last day of my corporate life.... Three years ago I would have laughed at you if you’d have told me where we’d be today. I’m writing this post to 1) show you that it is possible and 2) to share what I’ve learnt in this 3-year journey from corporate fugitive to entrepreneur. read more...  

SHCC likes this because of the deep insight into the challenges and growth journey of starting your own business.


logo-time10 Smart Rules for Giving Negative Feedback...

Praising good performance is easy, but what about those times when someone on your team needs a kick in the butt more than a pat on the back? In that case, you’ll need to give some negative feedback–and do it without demotivating or demoralizing the other person. This post explains exactly how to do this. read more...  

SHCC likes this because of the practical approach to a tough topic.