Tag: be better at your job
It took 1,000 tries for Thomas Edison to hit on the perfect prototype for the light bulb. When asked by a reporter how he felt about failing 1,000 times, he said, "I didn't fail a 1,000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
The lesson? Without perseverance and hard work, even geniuses will get stuck at the 1,000-steps stage and miss the success that awaits them on the other side.
Get out your iPhone or your stone slab. We write with pictures now.
When a friend told me recently that the youth these days use emojis to build phrases, like how we use words to make a sentence, my response was, "Really? Are we going back to hieroglyphics?"
I checked in with my 20-something cousin, and apparently this is a sensation that has been sweeping the nation for a while. A tech recruiter I know describes emoji conversations as "an interpretive dance." These artful statements may send the correct message or they may not. It's all about interpretation.
Why do even rational people get embroiled in conflicts they can't solve? The root cause, says Daniel Shapiro, founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, is an adversarial mindset called the Tribes Effect, in which conflicts turn into "me versus you, us versus them."
"People think, 'Let's just be rational and we can resolve our differences, we can resolve our conflict,'" Shapiro says. "Not true. Unless you deal with the core psychology to the conflict, the mindset that's driving you and the other side in the conflict, unless you deal with that, the conflict will persist."
Whether you're starting a brand-new job or you're just feeling like you haven't been performing to your maximum level at your current job, there are things you can do outside of your daily work assignments that can help you be a better employee. And the best part is, these particular things require absolutely zero talent. (And even when your self-esteem is at its lowest, you know you're doing better than that.)
By making these tips a part of your daily routine, you can impress your boss not only with your ability to get stuff done, but also with your genuine awesomeness as a human being and co-worker. Here's what you need to do.