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June 5, 2013

News & Opinion: ChangeThis: Issue 106

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 4:48 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture


How to Get Employees to Manage Themselves
by Cali Ressler & Jody Thompson
“Employees don’t leave companies. They leave managers. [...] There has to be a better way to improve employee and manager relationships in order to maximize business success. The answer is simple. Manage the work, not the people.”

Right or Kind? Navigating the Soft Skills Revolution by Maxine Kamin

“Do we care about talking to each other anymore, or are we settling for mostly texts, emails, tweets, and electronic quickies? [...] Let’s regroup and think about the advantages of face-to-face communication, what might get in the way, and types of skills that promote cooperation.”

Jazz-Leadership by Penelope Tobin

“Traditional leadership has long looked like the orchestral conductor. But we’re living within a whirlwind of change, and the authoritarian individual, working to a fixed, detailed plan from a detached position of control, isn’t equipped to deal with it. [...] We need leadership in a new groove—jazz-leadership.”

Your Time is Your Life—Invest it Well by Elizabeth Grace Saunders

“Now is a time of revolution—or perhaps more precisely evolution—in the world of personal productivity. Time management no longer offers sufficient support for people overwhelmed with the onslaught of responsibility and opportunity in today’s 24/7 world. The next step: Time Investment.”

Alternative Answers: The Class Divide in Investing, and How You Can Close It by Bob Rice

“A class system has developed among investors over the past few decades. Elite money managers have used a proprietary set of tools to ride economic cycles ... Meanwhile, the rest of us all thought that “investing” was synonymous with buying stocks and bonds ... Fortunately, times have changed.”

The First 20 Hours: Secrets of Rapid Skill Acquisition by Josh Kaufman

“I’m willing to wager there’s something in the back of your mind you’ve always wanted to learn how to do. [...] I have good news for you: picking up new skills is way easier than you think. Believe it or not, you can pick up the fundamentals of any new skill in about 20 hours.”