Strategy Insights
July 6, 2018

How to focus on what’s important, not just what’s urgent (HBR)

1) Schedule important tasks, and give yourself too much time, 2) Isolate the most impactful elements of important tasks, 3) Anticipate and manage feeling of anxiety, 4) Spend less time on unimportant tasks, 5) Prioritize tasks that will reduce your number of urgent but unimportant tasks, and 6) Pay attention to what helps you see (and track) the big picture.

Lots of successful women are freezing their eggs. But it may not be about their careers (New York Times)

In 2014, Facebook and Apple began offering egg freezing as a benefit to employees. However, “the stereotype that these ambitious career women are freezing their eggs for the purpose of their career - that’s really inaccurate at the present time,” said Marcia Inhorn, a medical anthropologist from Yale University. Most just seem to find it difficult to find the right partner.

3 common hiring mistakes new managers should avoid (HBR)

As a manager, you need to address some of the subconscious emotional motivations head-on prior to hiring a new person: 1) “If only I could clone myself”, 2) “If only I could find someone to do all the annoying stuff that I don’t want to do”, and 3) “If only I knew how to do that”. Instead, managers should embrace diversity by hiring people that can challenge your thinking.

How to build closer relationships (TED)

Advice from 7 TED speakers on creating better connections suggests the following to build closer relationships: 1) Accept imperfection, 2) Show up, 3) Make some space for solitude, 4) Identify whether you’re a giver, taker or matcher, 5) Give up on old grudges and outdated beliefs, 6) Talk through your differences, and 7) Share something new.

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Prepared by Emilie Tuxen