What We’ve Been Reading: February 3rd, 2016


We hope you had a chance to check out what we read last week and enjoyed it. This week, we are bringing you six more articles that cover topics such as failure, performance reviews, leadership, teamwork, and technology.

Most of us pride ourselves on our strengths and give little attention to our weaknesses. It is important to realize that focusing our weaknesses is not a waste of time, but can make us stronger, better individuals. Part of the challenge and journey is not only recognizing that we’ve failed, but to evaluate our failures. In this article Marty Fukuda lays out six reasons why we must evaluate our failures in order to better ourselves and the companies we work for.

6 Reasons Why You Must Evaluate Your Failures (Entrepreneur)

Speaking of failures, weaknesses, and strengths this article by Clif Boutelle discusses the review that we all dread every year in the workplace: Annual Performance Reviews. We all have our own mixed feelings towards the yearly review, but there has been a growing rate of dissatisfaction with the outcome of the reviews. I found this article of interest because not only does it address the weaknesses of the review, but he proposes ways in which HR can improve the review process and encourage employees to engage more in the process.

Performance Reviews’ Less Than Favorable Reputation Can Be Fixed (SIOP) \

Performance Reviews often highlight our qualities and competencies, but what exactly is the difference? In this next article, Sarah Cliffe investigates the difference between leadership qualities and competence, and more specifically, which matters more. With the help of researchers from Stanford and the Rotterdam School of Management, studies were conducted and conclusions were drawn suggesting that the person in charge may not be the most qualified for the job. The results also provide feedback on how to select your next leader to ensure that their qualities are aligned with their competencies.

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More? (Harvard Business Review)

Most leaders have successful behaviors that helped them achieve their high status in a company. In this article, Steve Tobak highlights 10 behaviors of successful people. What is at the core of these successful individuals is there genuine nature, love and passion for what they do, humility, and a driving force for perfection. While we may not all be able to incorporate the 10 behaviors outlined, incorporating just a few of them can change how you view your work, career, and ultimately change how others around you perceive you.

10 Behaviors of Genuinely Successful People (Entrepreneur)

Part of being genuinely successful in today’s world is having the ability to collaborate productively. I think that we can all agree that somethings are done better when we can work with our peers, bringing everyone’s talents to the table. However, sometimes productive collaboration is hindered by small distractions or time consuming miniature tasks (like scheduling a team meeting). In this article, Rob Cross, Reb Rebele, and Adam Grant highlight the pros and cons of collaboration and how leaders can take a larger role in the distribution and delegation of collaborative tasks to improve productivity and efficiency.

Collaborative Overload (Harvard Business Review)

This article has less to do with business and more to do with you and your mental state. In this piece Jonathan Alpert looks eight reasons why having a smartphone can impede on our performance. Yes, smartphones have changed the way we interact, conduct business, and spend our free time, but they have also had strong consequences on our social abilities, sleep quality, and general smarts. For this one, I suggest you put away your phone and give the article 100% of your attention.

Why We Need To Start Looking Up From Our Smartphones (Inc.)

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