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So, let’s go with some discoveries from the week!
#1 – How Asking Multiple People for Advice Can Backfire
#2 – How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once
#3 – Is ‘Flow’ the Secret to Painless Productivity?
How Asking Multiple People for Advice Can Backfire
Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Hayley Blunden, Jennifer M. Logg, Alison Wood Brooks, Leslie K. John, and Francesca Gino
Summary: Asking for advice often involves seeking opinions from several sources, but this research suggests that it could backfire. Advisors generally prefer to be the only source of advice to maintain their status. When they detect that an advice seeker is consulting multiple advisors, they deem the seeker less competent and their advice less likely to be followed.
The study also found that advice seekers often aren’t clear that their intent is just to obtain information rather than expecting the advisors to offer direction. A lack of transparency about goals can lead to misunderstandings in future interactions.
How to Stay Focused If You’re Assigned to Multiple Projects at Once
Source: Harvard Business Review
Author: Heidi K. Gardner and Mark Mortensen
Most of us are juggling multiple teams at once. In theory, this system of “multiteaming” offers a number of upsides: You can deploy your expertise exactly where and when it’s most needed, share your knowledge across groups, and switch projects during lull times.
The reality, though, is a lot more complicated. You’ve probably experienced some challenges of multiteaming — some of the most common include how to manage your time, stress, and development. To better manage your time, try prioritizing and sequencing your work. To better manage your stress, try setting and communicating expectations. And to better optimize your development, try blocking out time for actual learning.
Is ‘Flow’ the Secret to Painless Productivity?
Source: Fast Company
Author: Greg Smith
“Flow” is a state of intense focus and absorption in an intrinsically rewarding activity that can enhance creativity, productivity, and mental health. It can be created deliberately by finding a task that is challenging but not overwhelming and avoiding distractions.
The epidemic of burnout can be addressed sustainably by cultivating a flow state and making work satisfying again. Leaders can help reduce “never quite right” bias by using the simple and effective “flip it to test it” method to thwart sexist criticisms, and by providing constructive, objective, and career-enhancing feedback to women.
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