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Workforce Insider (June 2)

By EverwiseJune 2, 2014

Want to know why Zappos has taken an ax to its job postings, and why thinking like a surfer might be the best way to boost your workplace productivity? The answers to those questions and more in this week’s edition.


3 Ways Thinking Like a Surfer Promotes Productivity

Fast Company  |  Shared by The Work Institute

Author Steven Kotler was hallucinating and bedridden with Lyme disease when he found that surfing heightened his senses and restored his withered functionality. The reason? Flow: an optimal state of consciousness where time slows down and focus skyrockets, allowing surfers to tackle hundred-foot waves – and employees to double their workplace productivity. Read more…

From Brutishness to Benevolence: The Evolution of Corporate Leadership

Wall Street Journal  |  Shared by Bill George

Though ruthless leaders like Sunbeam Corp.’s infamous “Chainsaw Al” Dunlap were once de rigueur, today’s tough bosses are often met with chastisement. The difference lies in company transparency; as constant media exposure ensures barbaric bosses no longer have anywhere to hide, “softer” leadership traits like compassion have increased in value – ensuring that the most genuine jerks don’t last long before they’re culled from the corporate ranks. Read more…

Insider Quote of the Week


At Zappos, Job Postings are Toast

Harvard Business Review  |  Shared by Marla Gottschalk

Zappos has implemented yet another radical HR policy: It’s nixing all job applications. Replacing them is “Zappos Insider,” an online platform where potential hires can let recruiters get to know them better – whether there’s a job opening or not. By eschewing tedious and impersonal online applications in favor of proactive conversation, Zappos hopes to better gauge candidates for the cultural fit they so famously champion. Read more…

Jack Welch on Avoiding the Velvet Coffin

Jack Welch  |  Shared by Tim Heard

What’s better, to work for a bad boss at a good company or a good boss at a weak company? While Jack Welch knows that a good boss has the power to make your job a delight even as the organization crumbles around you, securing work at a company with a sterling reputation is the best way to ensure your future – even if it means “toiling for some turkey” in the meantime.  Read more…

And a few more not to miss…

Twitter’s Biz Stone on Leadership (and Star Trek) (Washington Post)

The Taboo Subject of Managing Immoral Employees (Harvard Business Review)

Walmart Senior HR Director’s 6 Ways to Push Outside Your Comfort Zone (Forbes)

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