Our Corporate Life
July 10, 2012   •   Volume 3, Issue 14   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Dealing with FOMO
Ask Amanda: My defensiveness is getting in the way of my career. Help!
♦   Practical Tips: Work/Life Balance
Dealing with FOMO

It used to be that only those who were most connected in the digital space experienced fear of missing out (FOMO). After all, their job security depends on being up on the latest—whether it’s an app, a meme, or just knowing what others are doing in social media. Now it’s affecting almost all of us. Even when we know it’s better for us to occasionally unplug, we’re drawn to connect just one more time to make sure we’re not missing anything.

As Sherry Turkle writes in her new book, Alone Together, “When is downtime, when is stillness? The text-driven world of rapid response does not make self-reflection impossible, but does little to cultivate it.”
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Thought to Ponder

Without values, power becomes arbitrary and unmanageable.

Practical Tips:
Work/Life Balance

A study of bank executives conducted by the University of Sydney found that without exception, all executives carried two phones: a company-issued smartphone and their own personal phone. Most executives chose to carry their personal devices to maintain optimal connectivity (corporate firewalls reduced the capabilities of their company phones), and in doing so they also discovered an interesting benefit: the technology itself is helping to create boundaries between work and non-work activities.
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 ask Amanda

I work very hard and really care about doing a good job, unlike some of my coworkers. My boss has informed me that I am too defensive in meetings and that if I don't change it will impact my career path. What do you suggest? M.M., New York, NY

Amanda Mitchell

The good news is your boss has been straight with you…and s/he’s right. If you are defensive, you are unlikely to be good at building and motivating teams and you are also probably too personally invested in your work. This can compromise your judgment and make you less likely to wield influence in your company.
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