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What is this “mobile phone”

What is this “mobile phone”

It is a fair accusation to say that I frequently prefer the quick and easy email rather than picking up the phone or walking over to someone’s desk to ask a quick question or follow-up on an item. I couch it in the argument of efficiency and not wanting to be too disruptive to the other person. Now that I have been working from home for the last few weeks, I am finding that I genuinely miss the social interactions…

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Email Response: Considering Leaving the Firm

Email Response: Considering Leaving the Firm

Yes, I changed the person’s name and reworded some sentences to protect the company’s identity. No, this is not my current or any former employer. If pressed for time, skip to the bottom for some questions to think about. RE: Considering Leaving the Firm Hi Elina, I hope you and your family are doing well. Of course, Anh and I would love to catch up over dinner next month. Based on your email, I understand that you are considering leaving…

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The Cultural Artifacts of an Office

The Cultural Artifacts of an Office

The building blocks of an organization’s culture consist of the shared artifacts, beliefs, values, and assumptions (Heskett, 2012, p. 34).  Corporate culture is often considered one of the strongest assets in a firm and may be regarded as the way the company conducts its business (Heskett, 2012, pp. 34-36).  Culture has a measurable impact on performance, and for this reason, leaders seek to build healthy cultures that align with their underlying missions. How an office culture consciously and unconsciously uses artifacts…

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Strategies for Increasing Message Retention

Strategies for Increasing Message Retention

I know that it is troublesome that everyone else, “but us,” have such a terrible memory and inability to remember details. However, there is more going on when we dig into this commonplace challenge. Humans develop mental models, cognitive maps, frames, internal scripts, and other processing methods to understand the environment and situational context albeit with frequent misunderstanding and imprecise perceptions (Tversky, 1993). Even with these accuracy challenges, the automatic use of mental shortcuts is a power element of our…

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