Blog Abstract: How to Respond to “Take It or Leave It”

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent Harvard Business Review article, “How to Respond to “Take It or Leave It”,” by Anyi Ma , Yu Yang and Krishna Savani.

This is a great article because we’ve all been in negotiations that at some point include a comment such as, “this is all I can do,” and implied or stated “take it or leave it.” These ultimatums are used because they generally work, and that is great if you are on the dealing side, but not so great if you are on the receiving side of the table. So what are your alternatives when you encounter such a situation? That is what this article is all about.

What is interesting is that it is yet another ‘mindset’ situation: in this … Continue reading

Blog Abstract: The Most Fundamental Skill

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent McKinsey Quarterly article, “The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage,” by Lisa Christensen, Jake Gittleson, and Matt Smith with McKinsey & Company.

This article is about ‘learning’ as a capability that can increase competitive advantage at work and also improve our personal lives to boot. If this is a skill that can be learned, it is an important one for most of us, given that the the pace of change in the world is already high and expected to increase even more in our lifetimes. Agility increases as our capability to learn grows, and this skill starts with intentionality that is founded on a core belief of self-efficacy. Here’s how to proceed.

Unlock intentionality to foster learning by … Continue reading

Blog Abstract: Tackling Bias in Artificial Intelligence

From time to time, team members will share their views stimulated by content from an industry thought leader. Here, our CEO, Lisa Maier, discusses the recent McKinsey & Company article, “Tackling bias in artificial intelligence (and in humans)” by Jake Silberg and James Manyika.

In the last year or so, I saw a documentary about Google and the inherent bias in their search algorithm, which basically showed how it baked in the bias of the programmers, probably without any intention of doing so. Then, in this last week, I saw an AllSides blog post, “Audit Finds Evidence of Google’s Bias Toward These Media Outlets” that starts out with this paragraph:

“A new audit shows Google is biased toward a small number of major media outlets — and most of them have a Left-leaning political bias. One-sided information isn’t healthy for democracy, yet the world’s most popular source of news and information displays a major bias. Continue reading “Blog Abstract: Tackling Bias in Artificial Intelligence”

Silence

A few weeks ago I found myself annoyed with noise–the noise of the road, the hum of the electricity in the house, the wind aggressively hitting the wind chime… the noise of other people. And it got me to thinking about all the “noise” we deal with on a daily basis.

I am no luddite. In fact, I love technology – I embrace the conveniences it brings. I make my living from bringing technology into other people’s lives.

Yet, I think we have forgotten how to be silent. I forget sometimes at least. And I need to be reminded that less is very often more.

Last weekend I went camping with my 8 year old and a dozen other cub-scouts and their parents, and was struck by how quiet it was at night and into the next morning. It was truly joyous. We had no electronics and it was dark, … Continue reading

11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary

From time to time DirectiveGroup team members will comment on a piece of content they see online. In this post, Kim Figor gives her opinion on 11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day an article from Huffington Post, written by Alena Hall

If you are like the millions of people who are looking for ways to grow and improve themselves, you probably have already figured out you don’t need to look very far. Two minutes on the internet is proof of this. Anyone looking to improve their lives doesn’t have to look far. But did you know that something as simple as a smile can help you achieve many of your goals? Continue reading “11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Every Day – Commentary”