Our Corporate Life
August 19, 2014   •   Volume 5, Issue 17   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Creatures of New Habits
Ask Amanda: How do you structure a 1:1?
♦   Practical Tips: Focus on Your Priorities
Creatures of New Habits

Brain researchers have found that when we consciously develop new habits we create new brain cells and parallel synaptic paths that can transform our thinking in new, innovative tracks. Why, then, is it so hard to change?

We are all creatures of habit. We have to be. We couldnít function if we didnít have habits to help us deal with the sheer volume of information and decisions we have to make every day. When we’re doing something habitually, we put our brains on autopilot and can relax into the comfort of a routine. As William Wordsworth said, “Not choice, but habit rules the unreflecting herd.”
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Thought to Ponder

Don’t confuse movement with progress.

Practical Tips:
Focus on Your Priorities

It’s easy to get caught up in other peoples’ business when you’re inundated with status updates and texts from your friends and family. These communications are positioned as important, but are they really?

Staying focused on your priorities is much more difficult today. However, itís a habit you can develop.
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 ask Amanda

I have just inherited a team and even though I’m an experienced executive I’ve always worked solo based on my expertise. Now for the first time I’m leading a team. I understand it’s important to have one-on-ones with my team but am not sure what to talk about. Advice? A.R., Madison, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

One-on-ones (1:1s) provide a forum for your subordinates to tell you about their working experience, their job satisfaction, and their goals. Initiating 1:1 conversations with your team on a regular basis will help you find out what means the most to them so you can help them be successful.
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