Monthly Archives: October 2018

13 things that will happen when you ‘level-up’ as a person

Human growth and the attainment of various skill-sets can be rather like mountain-climbing, in so far as we reach various plateaus and then have to decide if this is a comfortable place to stay, or if we would rather go higher. If we decide to go higher then it is inevitable, as it would be when mountain-climbing, that we will get woozy, disoriented and feel more than a bit precarious for a bit, before achieving that level place again. However, “leveling up” as some call the process of moving up to a higher skill-set level, is not mountain climbing. Once we have learned to do something and do it well, we do not expect to lose our footing by going up to another level. So, it surprises us when the ground seems to open up and we feel rudderless. It seems grossly unfair. How come all that skill, that first-level learning is not holding us up as we go higher? Unfortunately, that is the nature of the beast. When we level up, it can feel as if we have to relearn everything. Naturally, that is not true. Eventually, the new knowledge and the old knowledge will come together and we will have arrived at a new plateau. However, during the leveling up process it is not unusual to feel an array of negative emotions. You are likely to feel under-confident, lonely, overwhelmed, chaotic, even numb, insecure and uninspired. It will pass.

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How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

Runners will eagerly attest to the mental clarity that follows a good run, and neuroscience has provided ample proof to back them up. Perhaps the most exciting scientific evidence is that aerobic exercise is currently the only stimulus known to induce neurogenesis, or the creation of new neurons. Specifically, the new cells tend to appear in the hippocampus, an area associated with memory creation and retention. Aerobic exercise also stimulates blood flow to parts of the frontal lobe associated with executive function and emotional regulation.

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Company Culture: More Than Words on a Page

Company culture is something that cannot fully be captured in a written document. Most corporate culture documents sound similar and talk about similar values, but if the company culture as it exists in real life does not reflect the values in the document, then the document is meaningless. Many companies talk about respect and honesty, but don’t practice them, even though respect is the top priority value for most employees. This is often one reason why employees of organizations that get merged with or acquired by bigger organizations often fear that their own organization’s culture will be subsumed by the other organization and its culture.

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The fastest way to become a successful leader is a simple habit most people overlook

One of the single most effective leadership traits is also one of the trickiest: asking for honest feedback from employees and then making sure they feel comfortable and secure enough to actually give it. Many leaders are too proud to ask subordinates for feedback, and this limits their growth because nobody knows a leader better than their employees. Just asking, however, is not enough. You need to make employees feel safe and confident in their ability to give honest feedback without retaliation, and you need to really listen.

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Employee Disengagement – Not the Same As Being Grumpy

It is probably no coincidence that today’s 50-something Americans, who went through a major economic downturn and stagnating wages during what were supposed to be the “best” years of their professional lives, are a notable exception to the general trend of people getting happier towards middle age. Losing employees, whether new or experienced, because you aren’t paying them competitively can be very costly in its own right. Failing to pay your employees enough can make them disengaged, as well, so it is important to make sure you understand what paying competitively means at any given moment in time by regularly reviewing your pay and benefit practices.

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