Trouble at the office?

Business Week has put out their special Business@Work issue.

Great articles on work-life balance, staying creative, dealing with toxic bosses, rigid bureaucracies, generation gaps and time management survival strategies.

From Good to Great author Jim Collins…"as I look at the most effective people we've studied, a 'stop-doing' list or not-to-do list is more important than a to-do list, because the to-do list is infinite. For every big, annual priority you put on the to-do list, you need a corresponding item on the stop-doing list."

From Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It authors Cali Ressier and Jody Thompson…"Stop assuming that if someone's body is in the building, you are getting something out of their mind. As a business leader, would you rather have someone do rock-star work in less time or mediocre work in more time?".

And from The No Asshole Rule author Robert Sutton…"most people, regardless of their personality traits, will automatically and mindlessly start feeling and displaying the emotions expressed by the people around them. If you want to avoid acting like a nasty and insensitive creep, treat it like a contagious disease."

Sutton adds that research shows 3 things happen when people are put in positions of power:

1. they focus more on satisfying their own needs

2. they focus less on the needs of their "underlings"

3. they act like the "rules" others are expected to follow don't apply to them.

Published by

Jay Robb

I've reviewed more than 500 business books for the Hamilton Spectator since 1999 and worked in public relations since 1993.

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