The professional football season starts this weekend. Take a break from managing your fantasy footballl roster by reading these top five stories from for the week of Sept. 1.

1. Use Design Thinking to Develop Better Leaders: Saying, “Here’s what we have” rather than, “Here’s what we need to fix” could be the key to better leadership and higher performance, writes CLO editor Kate Everson.

2. Do We Understand Work?: Job Task Analysis puts a different spin on traditional course design and offerings, writes CLO columnist Bob Mosher.

3. How Do You Preceive Gen Y?: Employers have a number of concerns about hiring millennials, which might be one of the reasons 40 percent of unemployed workers are from that generation. CLO editor Ladan Nikravan has more.

4. Why Fostering Competition Isn't a Winning Sales Tactic: Developing employees who support each other can boost productivity and sales better than establishing a cutthroat culture, writes Zeynep llgaz.

5. Compliance, Learning and Seat Belts: New testing alternatives may be required for compliance training, writes CLO columnist Elliott Maise.

On Another Note …

If you don't have a tree in your office, you're missing out. According to this little article I found on Business Insider, having plants throughout the office makes workers more productive.

According to the article, "Dr. Chris Knight from Exeter University and his fellow psychologists, who have been studying the issue for 10 years, concluded that employees were 15 percent more productive when 'lean' workplaces are filled with just a few houseplants, as employees who actively engage with their surroundings are better workers."

The report was first published in The Guardian. Read more here.

Also, how top business leaders spend every minute of every day, also via Business Insider. Read here.


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