Weekly Pulse by William Meller | Week 32, 2023

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!

#1 – 28 Questions to Ask Your Boss in Your One-on-Ones
#2 – Richard Feynman on Self-Doubt and Meeting Others’ Expectations
#3 – How To Release Control Of Your Team’s Work


28 Questions to Ask Your Boss in Your One-on-Ones

Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Steven G. Rogelberg, Liana Kreamer, and Cydnei Meredith

Good one-on-one meetings between managers and their direct reports address the practical and personal needs of the employee, benefitting their performance, growth, and well-being, as well as the success of their team and the broader organization. However, since managers are typically the ones who run these meetings, the employee’s needs are often forgotten. Then it’s up to the employee to ask questions to get the attention they require. The authors’ research points to twenty-eight questions that can drive the best conversations.

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Richard Feynman on Self-Doubt and Meeting Others’ Expectations

Source: Scott Young Website
Author: Scott Young

Richard Feynman, a renowned physicist, felt burned out after the death of his wife and working on the Manhattan Project during WWII. He felt that he couldn’t possibly live up to the high expectations others had of him. However, when he was invited to participate in an elite research institution, he realized that he had no responsibility to live up to what people expected of him and dropped his perception of those expectations. By setting the right standard and forgetting these expectations, Feynman went on to have an enormously influential physics career.

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How To Release Control Of Your Team’s Work

Source: Accidental Creative
Author: Todd Henry

Leaders who micromanage their team limit its effectiveness by controlling the work to the extent of their personal reach. To retain and encourage talented employees, managers must learn how to release their control by understanding situations where they tend to take control and the reasons why. Managers should embrace realistic stakes in projects, establish checkpoints and limits, and teach the team how to solve problems through effective collaboration for better results. Todd Henry, a renowned creativity consultant, encourages leaders to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance.

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