Former professional football player David Garrard opened three Retro Fitness locations after leaving the NFL, and Jameel McClain, another former player, is invested in the same business. They discuss the importance of having a game plan and being realistic about the areas in which you excel.
Business leaders can learn from social movements about advocating for change, writes Gwen Moran. Provide real-life stories of why change is needed and a vision of how everyone's lives will improve for the better.
People respond better to feedback that affirms their contributions, says author Tim Irwin. "When a person senses criticism, it engages a 'negativity bias' in our brains and generally shuts down the parts of our brains responsible for creativity and problem solving," he says.
The Houston Astros went from 111 losses to World Series champions by gradually advocating for and implementing analytics into the way they approached baseball. "[W]e figured, if we're asking them to truly change their behavior, they need to understand why this is beneficial to them and where it comes from," says Jeff Luhnow, general manager.
Allowing some time for idleness is nothing to feel guilty about, especially if work consumes too much of your time and identity, writes philosophy professor Brian O'Connor. "But if we have some hunch that the world we have today demands too much effort in return for too little happiness, we could do worse than to see what we can learn from those other forms of living," he writes.
Self-awareness is vital to a leader's success, says Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming. "This allows you to build a team that makes the most of your strengths and weaknesses, and gives you resilience if things aren't going so well," says Flint.
Koko the gorilla died this week after a lifetime of showing humans "what all great apes are capable of: reasoning about their world, and loving and grieving the other beings to whom they become attached," says anthropology professor Barbara King.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich resigned Thursday after an investigation confirmed he had violated the company's nonfraternization policy. Intel's board of directors reportedly was told last week that Krzanich had been involved in a consensual relationship several years ago with an employee in his chain of command.
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