Fuel Innovation thru Negative Emotions

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Have you ever seen a leader authentically invite employees to openly talk about whatever they’re feeling, even when it’s anger directed toward the leader or the company? Chances are you haven’t, because most leaders would consider this inappropriate or losing face, and they avoid it. However, these leaders miss out on a great opportunity to stimulate creativity and innovation.

Emotions arise to warn us that, if ...

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How Do You Keep Employees Enthused Over the Long Haul?

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I recently heard an interview with a performer in the Blue Man Group, the popular theatrical organization. This guy said that for the first year he was with the group, he knew he had the best job in the world. He got to fully use his artistic skills in a uniquely fun and rewarding environment, and there was even room for improvisation to keep him on his ...

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Stop Letting Emotions Hijack Your Teams

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Have you noticed that you can be in a good mood and then walk into a meeting and suddenly you’re feeling negative or disheartened, and you don’t even know why? Researchers have proven that three people can sit in close proximity, and within a minute or two the most emotionally active will have transmitted their mood to the other two, even without saying or doing anything. ...

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