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The 8 Keys to High-Performing Office Culture: The Best Employees Take Cues From Great Managers

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Nearly 70 percent of CEOs now recognize culture as one of the greatest sources of competitive advantage. Whereas company processes, technology, and strategy can be copied, an organization’s DNA cannot be reproduced.


With this realization, many organizations are turning to cultural change to fuel future growth and performance. Kaiser Associates, a business strategy and consulting firm, defines a high-performing culture as an organization that performs better than its peers in regards to business performance, innovation, employee productivity, and engagement, over a sustained period of time.


For now, let’s focus on how companies can leverage performance management best practices to build a winning culture.

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There’s no linear equation to follow when creating a high-performing culture. Rather, organizational success is a byproduct of the right conditions.

Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse 

Posted on October 18th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Are you a micromanager? You will probably say no. Maybe you self-deprecatingly call yourself a “control freak.” Or just “hands-on.” You just “care too much.”


And it’s true: You do feel a certain need for a sense of control over your work. You are responsible, after all–perhaps more responsible than some of your coworkers or direct reports. You’re afraid of mistakes and believe that if something needs to be done well, you’d better do it yourself. But this isn’t just because you’re an “independent self-starter” who holds their work to a high standard. It might be that, too, but it’s probably also because you’re feeling stressed.

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Ask yourself these four questions to break the vicious cycle.

Since Your Brain Constantly Compares You With Everyone Else, Try This | Fast Company

Posted on October 16th, 2017 by The Learning Factor

Your brain is a comparison engine. In every new situation, it automatically rifles through your memory of every other situation you’ve encountered in the past. It swiftly finds one or a few that are similar to the current scenario, then uses that information to figure out what to do next. Most of the time, you do this without you ever realizing it.


Sometimes this cognitive reflex works to your advantage, and sometimes it doesn’t. But since it’s always happening anyway, you might as well make it work for you more often than against you–at least as best you can. Here’s how.

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Social comparisons sometimes make us feel better and sometimes don’t. Here’s how to use that tendency to actually get better.

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