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The Science of Healthier Habits

8 January 2019

Janie read How to Crush Your Habits in the New Year With the Help of Science by Susan Shain and was pleased to read some new suggestions for forming positive habits.

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Tips for Complex Decisions

5 February 2019

Janie read Farsighted: How We Make the Decisions That Matter the Most by Steven Johnson and considered her decision-making approach.

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Finding Calm from Poetry

5 March 2019

Janie read November For Beginners from Collected Poems (1974-2004) by Rita Dove and considered the similarities between November and March.

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Checking in to Build Connections

2 April 2019

Janie read The Surprising Power of Simply Asking Coworkers How They’re Doing by Karyn Twaronite and found herself nodding her head in agreement as she read the article.

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Embracing Emotions at Work

30 April 2019

Janie read No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work by Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy and was excited to read a book with so much excellent practical advice about how to be selectively vulnerable and show emotion in a healthy way at work.   

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How to Break the Ruminating Cycle

21 May 2019

Janie read How to Manage Your Perfectionism by Rebecca Knight and was pleased to read an article that reinforced some useful practices for managing her inner perfectionist.   

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Embracing Simplicity

25 June 2019

Janie read Want happier, calmer kids? Simplify their world by Sandy Kreps and thought about the similarities between children and adults and the ways this advice could be useful at home and at work.

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Strategies for Better Meetings

23 July 2019

Janie watched Dan Pink’s Pinkcast 3.6 This is how to make your meetings less awful and appreciated the suggestions for making some meaningful changes to improve meetings.

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Don’t Be a Story Hijacker

15 October 2019

Janie heard Denise Stewart’s talk, Telling Your HR Story, and realized that she might be getting stuck in a common trap when communicating.

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Choosing Gratitude

26 November 2019

Janie listened to Episode 7: How Gratitude Can Change Your Life, of the Big Life Kids podcast with her sons, Charlie and William, and enjoyed learning together about how gratitude can help you feel happier and more appreciative of what you have.

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Freewriting for Better Focus

7 January 2020

Janie read Turn Your Face: How to Be Heard and Get What You Want Most of the Time by Barbara Linney and realized that freewriting might be a good solution for accomplishing more of her goals. 

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Positive Leadership

18 February 2020

Janie read Positive Leadership: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance by Kim Cameron and considered his strategies to be a more compassionate leader.

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Finding Connection When We Can’t Gather

31 March 2020

Janie read The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters by Priya Parker and considered ways we can stay connected to each other in these uncertain times.

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How to Be a Better Remote Worker

7 May 2020

Janie read several articles about working from home, considered the best practices Rachel has shared with us at Allison Partners, and pondered discussions with her teammates about things we can do to be better remote workers.

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Fun with Illustration

12 May 2020

Janie read How to Make an Illustrated Map in 8 Steps and enjoyed talking with Charlie about our last trip to the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and what was most memorable for him about our visit.  

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Developing Intellectual Humility

23 June 2020

Janie watched Dan Pink’s Pinkcast 3.09: This is how to boost your intellectual humility and it prompted her to look for pleasure in unexpected places.

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Recognizing my Privilege

4 August 2020

Janie read Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt and considered ways that she can be more aware of her privilege and her own biases going forward. 

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Listening with Curiosity

15 September 2020

Janie read Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler and learned how helpful listening with curiosity can be when trying to understand another person’s point of view. 

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Being Clear Amidst Uncertainty

27 October 2020

Janie considered what she has learned after preparing weekly best practice updates for over a quarter, and realized that when dealing with tremendous uncertainty, clarity is even more important than ever.

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Finding Purpose through Learning

8 December 2020

Janie and a few of her teammates audited different Coursera courses this year and realized that auditing a course can be a way to learn new skills as well as a mechanism to adjust your mindset when things are challenging. 

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