Sometimes, we see trends emerging that are amazing. New technology innovations enable a freer life- and work style. However, sometimes we hear about things that appear crazy, but are apparently becoming more and more common.
Vacation shaming is such a new trend. Defined, vacation shaming is “where co-workers and bosses use peer pressure and guilt trips to discourage employees from taking time off.”
The neuroscience, psychology, and productivity gurus tell us that vacation and off time is very important. Your brain needs time off if it expected to work at a healthy and normal level.
Take the time off, schedule all important things beforehand, and prioritize to ensure that your work doesn’t suffer. But your health (mental and physical) should be number one.
We especially love number 22, Start With Why by Simon Sinek, and number 25 on the list: The Four Agreements.
On the Four Agreements: “The mistake we make as leaders is believing that work and life play by different rules. [This book] highlights the principles I try to keep in focus every day. I strive to honor these agreements, and Ruiz’s framework helped shape how I apply them in my career.”
How can you and your team have more productive meetings?
What automatic and subconscious habits will you have to break out of?
Build clear agendas, dedicate 15 minutes to meeting prep, send follow-up notes immediately, clearly communicate outcomes, and investing continually in improving meeting culture are you new meeting resolutions, for a more productive and goal oriented time with colleagues.
How much further into the future are you planning?
This is the time of year when we’re primed to look ahead. In recent weeks, you’ve probably laid out personal and professional goals, plans, and road maps for the next 12 months. And if you’re doing it on behalf of an entire company, you’re thinking even further into the future. Or at least you should be.
Even a year can feel like a lifetime away, especially when it’s hard to predict what will happen in the next quarter. But futurists, people who think and write about what’s to come, advise that CEOs need to be thinking years or even decades down the road.
Do you choose your music based on the fact you simply enjoy how it sounds? Or, do you choose your music based on environmental, economic, and external factors?
“We choose to listen to our music of choice when we’re happy, content, angry, pissed off, depressed, elated, somber, excited, so on and so forth. The reasons are endless, really. But, have any of you ever dug into the science of it? Have any of you ever thought to yourself “Why do I listen to Black Sabbath? Paul Gilbert? Eric Clapton? Mazzy Star? Red Hot Chili Peppers? B.B. King? Slipknot? Leo Kottke?” It’s a similar question to “Why am I doing this right now?” There are many answers to this question of ‘why’.”
According to the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a clear explanation is given, and the question is answered. Our enjoyment of music has dated back as far as 250,000 years. Yes, I’m serious- that long ago. Listening to music (or rhythmic sounds) and participating in music events has continuously evolved over time as well. Believe it or not, even Charles Darwin researched effects of music in some of his studies. In a nutshell- it comes down to: “relating to a feeling, situation, or event in our lives both past and present.”
What are the physical signs that indicate that someone is lying to you?
The signs that someone is lyring aren’t always easy to decipher. And, unfortunately, there’s no way to determine whether or not someone’s being honest with 100% certainty. But there are some obvious signs that someone might be lying. Keep reading for a list of signs you can watch out for.
“Dr. Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and her collaborators, suggests that our instincts for judging liars are actually fairly strong – but our conscious minds sometimes fail us.”
So what can you look for?
One of the eleven giveaways is that your partner in the conversation might be staring at you, without blinking much. When people lie, it’s common that they break eye contact, but the liar could go the extra mile to maintain eye contact in an attempt to control and manipulate you. “When people tell the truth, most will occasionally shift their eyes around and may even look away from time to time,” Glass said. “Liars, on the other hand, will use a cold, steady gaze to intimidate and control.”