Thursday Three For All
It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the bold print to read the entire article.)
Sick of Being a “Yes…But” Leader. (via @LeadershipFreak) I fight this all the time in my own leadership. Why can’t we just say “Yes!” for crying out loud?
- “Yes, things went great. But, did you notice (insert something that wasn’t perfect here).”
- “Yes, you did a great job. But, you could have been better when you ….”
- “Yes, things went well. But, think we were lucky.”
How Easily Distracted Are You? (via @thescienceofus) Feel free to take this one minute quiz (I did). And truly, I have no earthly idea what it taught me…except that I was distracted enough to take a one minute quiz. Oh, the irony.
A classic test scientists used for studying an individual’s selective attention — in other words, the ability to tune out irrelevant information and focus squarely on the task at hand — is something called the Stroop Color and Word Test, the efficacy of which has been replicated in hundreds of scientific studies. Try it for yourself with our version.
Best Burns of the Dowager Countess. (via @LaughingSquid) Downton Abbey comes to a close this Sunday, and I’m sad for a couple of reasons: 1) the measuring sticks they use to set the table speaks to my OCD, and 2) Maggie Smith IS the entire show.