Opportunity, a Mars rover with valuable images of the planet, hasn't been heard from since June, and NASA engineers have attempted to wake it up by playing a new song every day since Aug. 4. The agency compiled a Spotify playlist with songs that have been or will be played to Opportunity, including Wham!'s "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," David Bowie's "Life on Mars" and "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor.
Creating distance between yourself and your team will limit your ability to collaborate, write Edgar Schein and Peter Schein. "The more you get to know each other, the more likely it will be that people will be more open both in producing new ideas and in challenging groupthink," they write.
Speakers will overwhelm and lose audiences if they try to convey too much information, writes Ashish Arora. Use visuals and technical details sparingly and address only the topic's highlights, knowing people can learn more afterward.
Executives should consider supplanting change management with progress leadership, as the former conveys something people fear, while the latter speaks to something they want, writes Dean Lindsay. "Progress leadership means striving to help others find meaning in their work," he writes.
McDonald's decision to replace Quarter Pounder frozen patties with fresh beef is helping it meet demands for fresher, better-tasting food, writes Jonathan Ringen. McDonald's had to overhaul its supply chain and retrain staff to make burgers individually, he writes.
Remembering to be grateful and practicing self-care can help people emerge from periods of low energy and low motivation, writes Sue Hawkes. "Be patient and kind to yourself, and know that even small progress is a success," she writes.
Employees are more apt to stay when leaders take the time to seek input about projects, culture and goals, writes Justin Bell, president of Credera. "The only way to help someone reach their full potential is to seek to understand where they want to go and what drives them," he writes.
Explore ways your self-perception may differ from how others perceive you by using self-assessment tests or a career coach. This "external reality check" allows you to discover areas of emotional intelligence where you may be lacking, write Daniel Goleman and Michele Nevarez.
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