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Harvard Business Review
Procrastination comes in many disguises. We might resolve to tackle a task, but find endless reasons to defer it. We might prioritize things we can readily tick off our to-do list—answering emails, say—while leaving the big, complex stuff untouched for another day. We can look and feel busy, while artfully avoiding the tasks that really matter. And when we look at those rolling, long-untouched items at the bottom of our to-do list, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed in ourselves.
How many people trust their managers? A recent study by Edelman found that one in three employees don’t trust their employer. Another study by EY found that number to be even lower, with only 46% having trust in their organization, and 49% in their boss/team. Trust is one of the most important things you need in the workplace. Without it you won’t have the environment you need for an effective feedback culture to grow. So how can you help close the trust gap between employees and managers?
Longwood Gardens
OASIS® Grower Solutions
Fast Company
No one likes bad news—neither the giver nor the receiver—but there is a way to make it a little easier on everyone involved. While words matter, your tone has a bigger influence on the way the information is received, according to a new study from Saarland University in Germany.

Researchers reviewed 400,000 employment tribunal cases, half of which were layoff-related, and found that employees were far more likely to react in a confrontational manner when managers used an aggressive tone instead of taking time to explain the situation and its underlying causes.
The Muse
You did it again.

The staff is annoyed because you missed a meeting or didn’t send out the reminder email about the investors visiting the office that day. Yes, it’s a bit embarrassing, but there’s no need to apologize. Stuff happens, as they say. Yet there are times when you should apologize for something you did or said, because it’s a sign of great leadership. It builds a bridge back to the employee you offended or hurt, and it creates a more positive work environment. Here’s when you should own up to a mistake.
Naylor Association Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions
Fast Company
Every morning, you sit down at your computer with the best intentions. Coffee in one hand and your to-do list in the other, you’re feeling geared up and ready for a productive day. It's the day you're finally going to dig into those grand ideas you've been rolling around in your brain.

But then real life intervenes. Your phone rings—and won’t stop ringing. You’re pulled into 10-minute meeting after 10-minute meeting. You keep getting distracted by the barrage of "urgent" emails arriving in your inbox. And you wind up deciding that those big projects you didn't so much as touch today will have to wait for another spare morning soon—whenever that is.
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