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less gullible to these falsehoods.
(Adapted from "A Simple Way
to Stay Grounded in Stressful Mo-
ments," by Leah Weiss.)
Never too late
99 years old: In 2015 Doreetha
Daniels, whose lifetime goal was
to earn a college degree before
turning 100, received an associ-
ate degree in social sciences from
the College of the Canyons in Cal-
She was 99 years old.
are big in Asia
85%: According to research from
McKinsey, a consulting firm, fam-
ilies control 85 per cent of large
businesses that are worth more
than $1 billion in Southeast Asia.
In the Middle East, India and Lat-
in America, families control 65-75
per cent of such enterprises.
$7.8 million: So-called superstar
CEOs---or those chief executives
who win major awards or make
"best CEOs" lists---can earn about
US$7.8 million more per year, on
average, than other CEOs, accord-
ing to research published in The
Journal of Quarterly Economics.
71%: According to recent stud-
ies, while women make up fewer
than 15 per cent of corporate ex-
ecutives around the world, they
dominate in one department: hu-
man resources, where they make
up 71 per cent of HR executives.
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on your values
Our emotions are signals that can give
us data about what is important to us,
but only if we pay attention. Let's say
that you're anxious about giving dif-
ficult feedback to one of your direct
reports. Why do you feel anxious?
In examining your emotions, you re-
alise that you're worried about being
fair because she's a good employee.
Consider how having, or not having,
the conversation will bring you toward
or move you away from being fair.
Looking at the situation in this light,
you can see that giving her the feedback
and helping her to succeed is actually
more fair to her than caving to your
You've been able to unhook yourself
from your immediate emotions in order
to make a better choice that is true to
the values that underlie them.
(Adapted from "How to Manage Your
Emotions Without Fighting Them," by
3 mindset shifts
that will help you
You can get better at handling stress
by making several mental shifts:
--- Don't be the source of your stress.
Resist your perfectionist tendencies.
Recognise when you're being too hard
on yourself, and let go.
--- Recognise your limitations. If you
don't have the ability or bandwidth to
do something, be honest with yourself
and ask for help.
--- Re-evaluate your perspective. Do
you view a particular situation as a
threat to something you value? Or do
you view it as a problem to be solved?
Change how you see the situation to
bring your stress levels down.
(Adapted from "Why Some People Get
Burned Out and Others Don't," by Kandi
Wiens and Annie McKee.)
Use keywords in
your email subject
When you send an email, the first
thing your recipient sees is the sub-
ject line, so make sure it's as clear as
Take a page from military personnel.
Their subject lines use keywords in all
caps to note the email's purpose. For
--- INFO: For informational purposes
--- REQUEST: Seeks permission or
approval by the recipient
--- ACTION: The recipient must take
These demarcations might seem
obvious, but they make your emails
stand out in the recipient's inbox. So
if you need to send your direct reports
a status update, try using the subject
line: INFO---Status Update.
If you need your manager to approve
your vacation request, you could write
(Adapted from "How to Write Email
With Military Precision," by Kabir Se-
Working with a
colleague who's a
jerk when the
boss isn't around
You know that colleague: the one who
is cooperative and nice when your boss
is in the room, but completely changes
his behavior the minute you're alone.
It's tempting to rat the person out to
your boss. But for the sake of your ca-
reer, don't play that game. Bad-mouth-
ing the person to other colleagues will
only make you look bad.
Instead, stay positive. Keep it cordial
and constructive. Focus on the work you
need to get done together. Remember
that good bosses aren't duped over the
long run. Chances are, your manager
will eventually see through this person
or already does.
(Adapted from "How to Handle a Col-
league Who's a Jerk When the Boss Isn't
Around," by Amy Jen Su.)
to stay grounded
Paying attention to your body can
help you stay calm when you're stressed
out. This is called anchoring---noticing
your physical experience rather than
The next time you're feeling over-
whelmed, take a deep breath and focus
on how it feels to have your lungs fill and
then empty of air. This gives your body
a break from your mind's chatter and a
chance to regulate after amping up in
response to a perceived threat.
When we're in distress---for exam-
ple, thinking we're going to mess up a
big presentation---we psych ourselves
out. Taking a breath can make you more
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