Today’s Tuesday Reading, “Don’t Get Gun Shy”, is an essay by Lizz Duke, Senior Systems Analyst and member of the ServiceLink Team at NYU. The essay first appeared as a program reflection in November 2016.
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, traditionally a day of giving thanks for the harvest (that provides our food) and for the preceding year. History and tradition suggest that this celebration goes back in the United States at least to a 1621 feast in the Plymouth Colony celebrating a good harvest in the Colony’s first year. This tradition, with both civil and religious roots, has continued. Since 1941, the holiday has been celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November.
In last week’s Tuesday Reading, Triggers, Once Again, I pointed to a set of questions Marshall Goldsmith asks at the end of each day. These 20 questions include ones such as:
· Did I do my best today to make progress on each of my priorities for the day?
· Did I do my best today to provide time to meet the needs of my staff?
Do You Have One?
Career limiting habits (CLHs) are habits, repeated behaviors that keep us from greater success or enjoyment in our careers. And, really, in all aspects of our life. Research has shown that most of us are aware of our career limiting habits but have not made much progress in addressing them. Why? Partly because it is really hard, partly because we don’t understand the cause, and partly because the cure we select doesn’t address the real cause.
I suspect that you, like me, must answer “yes.” From a neuroscience perspective, our brains are constantly, subconsciously scanning the world around us seeking to identify and examine “events” of note – for example, the school bus that went down my street this morning at
Earlier this summer we introduced the idea (in a series of Tuesday Readings, as referenced below) that if we understand how our brain works, we can better understand why we react the way we do. I wrote, then, that the individual’s brain, in the days of our early ancestors, had one key goal – survival, avoiding threats and seeking food (rewards). And, avoiding threats had a much higher priority with five times more neural networks devoted to threat detection than to identifying rewards.
Keep that “elevator speech” fresh!
SCARF :: A User’s Guide
The focus of the past two issues of the Tuesday Reading has been on neuroscience and change. Today’s essay continues this theme, providing some practical suggestions as to how you can employ SCARF to better understand yourself and to manage and lead others.
SCARF :: Status, Certainty, Ambiguity, Relatedness, Fairness
In last week’s Tuesday Reading, we introduced the concept that our brains have developed in such a way that we are extremely sensitive to threats from change and ambiguity. We noted how our brains are constantly scanning our environment to detect such threats at a rapid rate. We also noted that if not addressed the result is distraction, anxiety, and fear, followed by poor performance and more aggressive behavior towards colleagues.