Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 48, 2021

Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 48, 2021
Weekly Pulse is a content curation and highlights from readings, books, videos, podcasts, insights, ramblings and other interesting things I discovered and digested during the last week.

So, let's go with some discoveries from last week!

#1 - How to stop languishing and start finding flow by Adam Grant
#2 - 3 Common Fallacies About Creativity
#3 - 10 Myths About Creativity You Need to Stop Believing Now
#4 - Are Your Team Members Lonely
#5 - How to Help (Without Micromanaging)
#6 - Are You Really Listening?

How to stop languishing and start finding flow, TED Talk by Adam Grant

Source: TED Talks
Author: Adam Grant
Year: 2021

Have you found yourself staying up late, joylessly bingeing TV shows and doom scrolling through the news, or simply navigating your day uninspired and aimless? 

Chances are you're languishing, says organizational psychologist Adam Grant -- a psychic malaise that has become all too common after many months of the pandemic. 

He breaks down the key indicators of languishing and presents three ways to escape that "meh" feeling and start finding your flow.

3 Common Fallacies About Creativity

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Pronita Mehrotra, Anu Arora, and Sandeep Krishnamurthy
Year: 2021

Summary: Why do organizations have so much trouble enabling employee creativity? The answer lies in subtle and deeply ingrained behaviors that prevent companies from creating a creative culture. The authors identify three misconceptions that managers must overcome to effectively build creative cultures.

10 Myths About Creativity You Need to Stop Believing Now

Source: Entrepreneur
Author: Martin Zwilling
Year: 2013

Summary: Most people think creativity is divinely-inspired, unpredictable and bestowed on only a lucky few. There are a lot of popular myths about business creativity, yet none of them have much scientific evidence. A new study based on the latest research - "The Myths of Creativity," by David Burkus - helps demystify what's behind the forces and processes that drive innovation.

Are Your Team Members Lonely

Source: MIT Sloan Management Review
Author: Constance N. Hadley and Mark Mortensen
Year: 2020

Summary: Despite the prevalence of team-based collaboration in the workplace, many employees feel isolated on the job. Managers should view loneliness as a systemic and structural problem, one that may require a new approach to teamwork. This can include proactively monitoring the psychological well-being of employees and nurturing “home base teams” to help deeper connections to colleagues.

How to Help (Without Micromanaging)

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Colin M. Fisher, Teresa M. Amabile, and Julianna Pillemer
Year: 2021

Summary: People are more willing to welcome assistance when they’re already engaged in  a task or a project and have experience. Extensive research shows that when employees get hands-on managerial support, they perform better than when they’re left to their own devices, but unnecessary or unwanted help can be demoralizing and counterproductive. So how do you intervene constructively?

Are You Really Listening?

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Adam Bryant and Kevin Sharer
Year: 2021

Summary: Listening is a multidimensional practice. For leaders, the art of listening has two key components. One involves listening without distraction or judgment, purely for comprehension. The other involves creating systems and processes that not only make listening active but also elevate it on all fronts to a state of hypervigilance.

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