5 ways to check on your team’s well-being without being invasive

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Here’s how to express empathetic curiosity about your workers, without seeming like a snoop. During a recent video meeting, one of our star employees appeared to be struggling. She was uncharacteristically reserved and distracted. Her contributions were also scattered, when she’s usually precise and outspoken. COVID-19 has turned life upside down for many of us, and pandemic fatigue is real. But there’s a difference between having a bad day and something more serious. I wondered how to check on her without being intrusive. Read Full Story

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How Serena Williams conquers her daily schedule without breaking a sweat

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The athlete and investor shares tricks and apps that help her stay ahead of her competition—and her calendar. Of all the gear that Serena Williams relies on to keep her playing at the top of her game, the piece of equipment she might value most is Toggl, an app that helps track her time, breaking down what percentage of each day goes to the three things that consume her most: her family, her businesses, and, of course, tennis. Read Full Story

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3 ways to ensure you communicate your potential in a job interview

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Having potential and being able to communicate that potential are two different things. Here’s how to get your potential to shine through in your next job interview. In the spring of 2019, I interviewed a job candidate with no software sales experience for a software sales position. She had scored some impressive sales wins at two national restaurant chains over the course of her career, but I had to figure out if she had what it took to succeed at a growing HR tech start-up. Read Full Story

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What the CROWN Act means for Black women at work

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The CROWN Act was meant to combat hair discrimination in the workplace. But some are worried about how fast real change will come. The job hunt can be difficult for anyone. But for Black women, even being perceived as professional can be its own feat. When Brianne Cash prepared for an interview with an insurance company early in her career, she was mostly concerned about how the interviewer would view her—specifically her natural hair. Read Full Story

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How to adopt Steve Jobs’s approach to well-being in the workplace

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Steve Jobs’s former assistant Naz Beheshti credits the Apple founder with setting her on the trajectory to her current wellness-focused career. Seven years ago, executive wellness coach Naz Beheshti had a dream. In it, her former boss, Steve Jobs , gave her one last assignment. “He appeared and simply and clearly—the way he always spoke to me in life—just told me that I needed to write this book, about how my first job and working for him impacted the rest of my life,” she says. Read Full Story

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How COVID-19 made Kim Scott rethink one key aspect of Radical Candor

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Her book emphasized the importance of in-person communication. Now she’s reconsidering what virtual communication can offer. When I first published my book Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity in 2017, I was convinced that the most effective way to communicate with people at work was in person. Until the COVID-19 crisis, I discouraged giving guidance and feedback remotely if there was an opportunity to do it in person, because more than 90% of communication is nonverbal. Read Full Story

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