Five [Awesome] Things I Read This Week, 11.22.2013

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On Utilizing Dissent in the Workplace and the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of JFK

You guys know I often read Harvard Business Review’s Blog, and find a lot of interesting articles on careers and leadership and culture shifts there.  A colleague pointed me to the New York Times’ Corner Office, and I’ve been digging deep into their archives this week.  I very much enjoyed Bob Pittman’s interview on the value of dissent.

A short piece about decision-making during John F. Kennedy’s presidency is related, showcasing JFK’s utilization of conflict to develop full briefings on both pros and cons of important issues.  I found this fascinating and think I would bring that system into practice if ever I were to be the manager of such a team.

On Psyching Yourself Out Before Heading Home Next Week

How to argue about Obamacare over Thanksgiving .  This post gives you tips for your holidays-with-family arguments whether you are for or against Obamacare.  As for me, I just avoid these conversations like the plague.  No good comes from mixing politics and family.  BUT I will say that having lived through emergent health situations in my own family, I stand with Richard Beck and many others to say that If you have a way to provide healthcare for more people than Obamacare will cover, and you have a way to convince Congress to pass it and fund it, let’s talk.  After the holidays, of course.   

On Accomplishment and Anxiety

What to do when good news makes you anxious.  I loved this quote (see below) and the tips that follow are quite helpful.

“[N]othing about anxiety is as disruptive as its propensity to pop up when least expected, or in contexts where anything but anxiety seems appropriate: after a  positive outcome like a promotion, a plum committee assignment, or  stellar quarterly results. Unfortunately, those who don’t know how painful these bouts of anxiety are usually trivialize them: Women suffering anxiety after success were, until recently, diagnosed with a “fear of success.” When men suffered these symptoms it was called “happiness anxiety.” Actually, it’s neither.

People forget that good news is often a double-edged sword, stroking egos and enhancing status (not to mention financial rewards) with one edge, while imposing performance demands and social isolation with the other.”

On Alterations, Disposable Clothing, and Dressing Well

A great blog post regarding how, why, when, and for what cost you should be altering your clothes is going to be a good source of information for me long-term, and also referred me to the Wardrobe from Scratch Series (an oldie but I think a goodie) at Putting Me Together.  I’m going to spend some time with this blog series this weekend.


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