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The Few, the Proud, the Totally Chill: LIFE With Old-School Beach Bums | ©TIME

In February 1950, LIFE published a feature on what the magazine called “the gold-bricking existence” of ski bums at Sun Valley, Idaho. Eight months later, in its August 28 issue, LIFE published a follow-up piece with the wonderful title, “LIFE Revisits the Ski Bums (and Finds That They Are Now Beach Bums).”

Source: The Few, the Proud, the Totally Chill: LIFE With Old-School Beach Bums | TIME

The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet • ©[theatlantic.com]

The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet — The Atlantic

Five or six years ago, companies realized that they were sitting on a wealth of data about their own employees. “People started to realize, ‘Wait a minute, there’s a lot of data in here that we’re not using. Some of it is wrong. It’s not very clean,'” says Josh Bersin, the founder of Bersin by Deloitte, an HR research and advisory arm of Deloitte. “But if we look at it like we look at customer data, we could probably make much better decisions about who to promote, where they should be in the company, what role they would be successful at.'”

Since then, the people-analytics industry has emerged, with companies using algorithms and Big Data to recruit and assess employees. One report from McKinsey Global Institute estimated that social technologies, such as internal networking tools, can boost not only employee happiness, but also productivity by up to 25 percent.

via The Quantified Workplace: Despite the Hype, Not All That Useful Yet — The Atlantic.

Innovate they ask; what’s in it for me I reply • ©[le-rudulier.eu]

Innovation seems to be my new entity’s new motto, there is even a team dedicated to it. As I changed position in the course  of this year I kept receiving, for a couple of months, news from my former entity where, what a coincidence, innovation is also emphasized.

I’m all for innovation being part of everyone’s scope of activity, I even wrote about purposely regularly dedicating a decent amount of time, to it . Making a common goal, a commitment that is shared by many, can only be more productive.

Of course, in order to achieve success, a bonus of … 500€ (maximum) was decided. That makes me cringe; excuse me but that’s a petty amount of money. It would be nice to have it in the pocket but hardly enough to make me seriously spend a reasonable amount of time for a good idea, if any thoughtful innovation is to be expected.

You give a little you get a little.

continue here …

via Innovate they ask; what’s in it for me I reply • ©[le-rudulier.eu].

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence [Adam Grant for The Atlantic]

Since the 1995 publication of Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, emotional intelligence has been touted by leaders, policymakers, and educators as the solution to a wide range of social problems. If we can teach our children to manage emotions, the argument goes, we’ll have less bullying and more cooperation. If we can cultivate emotional intelligence among leaders and doctors, we’ll have more caring workplaces and more compassionate healthcare. As a result, emotional intelligence is now taught widely in secondary schools, business schools, and medical schools.

Emotional intelligence is important, but the unbridled enthusiasm has obscured a dark side. New evidence shows that when people hone their emotional skills, they become better at manipulating others. When you’re good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to act against their own best interests.

Social scientists have begun to document this dark side of emotional intelligence. In emerging research led by University of Cambridge professor Jochen Menges, when a leader gave an inspiring speech filled with emotion, the audience was less likely to scrutinize the message and remembered less of the content. Ironically, audience members were so moved by the speech that they claimed to recall more of it.

via The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence – Adam Grant – The Atlantic.

Is social status anti 2.0 ? | Est-ce que le statut social n’est pas anti 2.0 ? « plerudulier

This recession forces companies to slash costs. Whether this is done the right way or not is for me to discuss but there is a particular field where this might prove to be instrumental in changing behaviors as well as saving money.

Cette récession oblige les entreprises à réduire les coûts. Il ne m’appartient pas de discuter que cela se fasse dans la bonne ou de la mauvaise façon mais il y a un domaine particulier où cela pourrait contribuer à changer les comportements ainsi que d’économiser de l’argent.

via Is social status anti 2.0 ? | Est-ce que le statut social n’est pas anti 2.0 ? « plerudulier.

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