Up with Betas.coach Dana Ardi advocates dumping the command-and-control, Alpha model of governance. Becoming a Beta leader and building a Beta workplace mean changing ingrained behaviors. But, she adds, “I’m not saying it’s easy—only that it’s essential!”
— Adapted from The Fall of the Alphas, Dana Ardi, St. Martin’s Press.
Perfect yourself. Asked why people excel, most of us say hard work or talent. Both are wrong. Excellence demands a specific kind of effort called “deliberate practice” that’s grueling and fueled by desire. Benjamin Franklin did it through courses of self-improvement, and comedian Chris Rock did it with 18 warm-up shows before a performance at Madison Square Garden.
— Adapted from Talent is Overrated, Geoff Colvin, Portfolio.
Excuse me? In case you’re using expressions such as “Pardon me?” because you’re afraid of setting a bad example, never fear. Dutch linguists have established “Huh?” as a universal question in 10 languages on five continents.
— Adapted from “The Syllable Everyone Recognizes,” Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times.