Do You Pick Up the Tab?


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Always Pick Up the Tab

What does picking up the tab say about you as a leader? Apparently, a lot. The folks at Lead Change Group give us some food for thought (pun intended) on why the company lunch can have a big impact on you as a leader.

Next time you take a colleague or employee to work, think about these 2 things.

  • Who is joining? As a leader, be deliberate on who you take to lunch and why you’re taking them. Is it to brainstorm, strategize, or simply a friendly meeting?
  • Pick up the tab. Avoid the awkwardness at the end of the meal and pick up the check. Results are always on the line whenever you’re uncertain about your role and responsibilities.

Moral of the story: Commit to being an “always pick up the tab” kind of leader. It says a lot about you.


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Do Open Offices Kill Collaboration?

Think twice before you tear down those office walls. A recent Harvard study found that open workspaces may be decreasing face-to-face interactions.

Here are a couple reasons why:

  • Can you hear me? Employees may be concerned that other workers can hear their conversations, which in turn becomes a privacy-disruption factor.
  • Are you working? An open workspace doesn’t guarantee increased productivity. A Robert Half survey found that a majority of workers feel more productive in a private or semi-private office space.

Takeaway: While the purpose of an open office is to increase collaboration and communication, it may actually produce an opposite effect. If you’re considering an open office, make sure there’s a strong collaborative culture in place before making the switch.


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Control Your Schedule in 15 Minutes

It’s called the Ivy Lee method and it dates back 100 years. Here’s how it works:

  1. At the end of each night, write down your six most important task to accomplish the following day in order of importance.
  2. The next day, you begin working on the tasks one at a time.

Why it works: It reduces decision fatigue and forces you to prioritize your goals.

Want to read more on the Ivy Lee method? Check out the full article here.

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