Theranos and the Dark Side of Storytelling

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From Harvard Business Review, Jonathan Gottschall discusses the power of storytelling and what happens when a story is used to manipulate.  Jonathan writes: Humanity’s strange, ardent love affair with story has always fascinated me. To explore our enthrallment and explain the science behind it, I wrote a book – The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human. The book…

The Science Of Gratitude And Why It’s Important In Your Workplace 

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  From Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza discusses the importance of expressing gratitude in the workplace.  Not only does gratitude have benefits in the workplace but being grateful also improves your own happiness (see New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy).  You should express gratitude for your own sake and because it strengthens teams…

Talent counts, but grit counts twice: best-selling author gives diversity lecture

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  From the Review, Elie Halfacre shares her observations from a lecture by Angela Duckworth.  Ellie writes: Over the course of her career, she has advised the White House and Fortune 500 companies on what makes a person “gritty.” Gritty people strive for completion in their endeavors, and they show resilience in the face of adversity. Effort…

Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

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  From Harvard Business Review, William Treseder offers a five step program for turning harsh feedback into a positive result.  William writes: Step 1: Embrace emotions. It’s only natural to get upset when someone gives you negative feedback. I’ll be the first person to tell you that. So let yourself be upset. Don’t try to stifle that…