Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 02, 2024

The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.
The Weekly Pulse is my content curation and my highlights from readings, books, podcasts, insights, and everything I discovered during the week.

So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!

  • Resisting the Pressure to Overwork
  • The Pleasures of More Than a Decade of Reading Harry Potter
  • Can Workplaces Have Too Much Psychological Safety?
  • How AI Enhances Project Communication
  • Book Notes: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Resisting the Pressure to Overwork

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Alice Boyes

The article explains strategies to resist the pressure to overwork, which can be triggered by social pressure or the belief that overwork is necessary for success. To avoid overworking, it is important to understand that overwork is not necessary for success and to be clear on one’s values. 

Rejecting hustle culture and reframing one’s job as a craft can also help. Additionally, learning from role models and ignoring requests to overwork are useful strategies to prevent overworking.

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The Unexpected Pleasures of More Than a Decade of Reading Harry Potter

Source: Zen Habits
Author: Leo Babauta

I include this one to the Weekly Pulse where the author reflects on their experience of reading the Harry Potter series with their children over the course of several years. They describe the joy and emotional connection that came from sharing the books with each child individually, and the unique experiences that arose from each reading. 

The author reminisces about moments of bonding, crying together, and the sense of adventure that reading the series brought. They express a mix of sadness and gratitude for the magical memories created, and hope to one day share the books with their future grandchildren.

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Can Workplaces Have Too Much Psychological Safety?

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Peter Cappelli and Liat Eldor

Another topic for this Weekly Pulse will be Psychological safety – A concept focused on situations where risk-taking is encouraged, such as learning new procedures or brainstorming new ideas. However, studies have shown that more is not always better when it comes to psychological safety. In fact, performance in routine jobs can decline when psychological safety moves from average to high levels. 

The problem is that excessive psychological safety can encourage people to take risks when they shouldn’t, making it difficult for supervisors to hold employees accountable for poor performance. Collective accountability can help offset the negative effects of high psychological safety, but achieving high levels of collective accountability is just as challenging.

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book notes OF THE WEEK
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

In the realm of leadership literature, Extreme Ownership stands tall as a guide of profound insights and actionable principles. Extreme Ownership is a field manual for leaders seeking to transform their approach to responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness. Willink’s narrative unfolds through gripping military anecdotes, seamlessly weaving them into a tapestry of leadership wisdom. 


ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
How AI Enhances Project Communication

In the dynamic landscape of project management, effective communication serves as the bedrock for successful outcomes. As the world witnesses unprecedented technological advancements, the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Generative AI into project management processes has emerged as a transformative force. 


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