Our Corporate Life
January 20, 2015   •   Volume 6, Issue 2   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: When Collaboration Backfires
Ask Amanda: How can I retain restless staffers?
♦   Practical Tips: Tame Your Mind
When Collaboration Backfires

We are all aware of the potential benefits of collaborating with coworkers—transfer of best practices, better solutions based on broader perspective, and innovative thinking to name just a few. In reality, however, collaboration can just as easily undermine performance and cost more than the benefits it provides.

There are costs to internal collaboration: additional time needed to coordinate and schedule cross-functional team meetings...
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Thought to Ponder

There is no success without failure.

Practical Tips:
Tame Your Mind

It’s no secret that it’s harder than ever to focus our attention. Our work environment, which often encourages multi-tasking, makes it extremely difficult to concentrate efficiently. Mindful meditation—which is simple, but not easy—has been clinically shown to reduce anxiety while increasing your ability to focus. No need for gongs or mantras, you can do this at your desk.
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 ask Amanda

I am lucky to have a few great staffers who are real self-starters. I’ve noticed, however, that they become bored quickly once issues are resolved and I’m afraid I’ll lose them. Any suggestions? M.M., St. Louis, MO

Amanda Mitchell

Your instincts are most likely correct. Without the stimulation of change, the type of self-starter you describe typically becomes restless and discontented. To keep them engaged, it’s important to keep work challenging.
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Recommended Resources

Tame your mind with these great resources.

DoNothingFor2Minutes.com: "Just relax and look at the waves. Don't touch your mouse or keypad for two minutes." If you do, a bright red flashing "FAIL" comes up on the screen!

Headspace Meditation app: Their mission is to teach the world to meditate, so that everyone can live a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.

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