Recently fired St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was long known as a poor in-game strategist, but it was his strong management of players that kept him employed -- until this year, when he lost the clubhouse's support, writes Michael Baumann. "A clubhouse is a workplace, and like most employees, ballplayers usually perform better when they enjoy their work, or at least feel invested in it," he writes.
Being stuck in a rut as a CEO could mean you need a coach to help realign the company, writes Alex Vorobieff. "To get a sense of how much a coach relies on a set style or is open to the right tool for your specific needs, ask what tools and processes he or she uses and why," he writes.
Avon is trying to become a digitally driven company that sells online rather than door-to-door, shifting its focus to international markets where e-commerce is less established. Avon sold its US business and is now based in London as it seeks a survival strategy.
Getting the most from your team requires knowing the type of feedback to give to each person, writes Dan Rockwell. Experienced workers often do best with constructive criticism, while newer employees need positive reinforcement.
Activities like writing or mediating can lead to flow states, in which stresses of the external world disappear and creativity is unleashed, Vivian Wagner writes. "Flow doesn't just happen -- I must set myself up for it, giving myself the time and space and permission needed to focus solely on a task at hand," she writes.
Michelle Capozza, who co-owns family manufacturer Babbitt Bearings in Syracuse, N.Y., offers insight into being an effective leader, which includes being a good communicator and listener. "There's a saying that people don't leave jobs, they leave bad bosses," she says.
The Morgan Library and Museum in New York City is displaying handwriting of historical figures including Sigmund Freud and Marie Antoinette. Included is a note by Michelangelo in which he orders marble for the San Lorenzo church facade.
Spend your time and energy with people who believe in you and are willing to offer constructive criticism, and avoid people who reveal themselves to be self-absorbed and conniving, writes LaRae Quy. "While we need different types of personalities in our life to bring out the best in us, only share your dreams and goals with people who value them as much as you do," she writes.
People often claim their first memories are from age 2, but many of these early remembrances are most likely false, according to a study in Psychological Science. Even still, researchers said, such false memories can have a positive effect on people's development and well-being.
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