Author archives: ilya zeldin

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A fully stocked fridge? Unlimited vacation time? The freedom to work from home? In many sectors, particularly the youthful, tech-heavy ones, these are commonplace perks designed to reward hardworking employees. But do they make employees happier? Statistics say no.

Even though the workplace, and our relationship to it, has changed dramatically, employee satisfaction rates haven’t budged in ten years. According to a recent post on 6seconds, employees often read these perks as acts of manipulation rather than benevolence— a means to control behavior. It’s a classic case of misplaced priorities: “The majority of current engagement strategies focus on ...

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It’s Not What You Do, It’s Why You Do It

What makes you like something? Buy something? What is that elusive pull that makes you say this is the place for me? It’s the big question vexing every good business person. The feeling is very hard to describe, and even harder to pin down. But there is actually a very simple answer: passion.

In one of the most famous TED talks of all time, author Simon Sinek explains that the real question every business should be asking themselves is not WHAT but WHY. In his research, Sinek found that every person can describe what they do, most can describe ...

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Picture this: you’re at your computer, weeding through hundreds of job postings, trying to match your skills up with a three or four sentence job description. You adjust your cover letter to include a few keywords, do a final check of your resume, hit send. And then you wait. Sound familiar?

On the other end of this exchange, an HR professional or hiring manager sorts through dozens of applications, trying to perform the same magic in reverse: matching your experience to specific job responsibilities. The process is a mess: time consuming, bloated and needlessly imprecise.

But there is a ...

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Managing People, Not Responsibilities

One of the reasons I decided to create 2gno.me was to help companies streamline the dreaded employee evaluation process. Data shows that a majority of employees—from top management on down—are disengaged at their jobs, and companies are struggling to figure out why.


A recent post on the talent management blog TLNT offers a few theories. “Many managers are ineffective at managing their people,” Howard Risher writes, because “in some cases they were promoted to a supervisory role because of their technical skills and have poor people skills.” 

In a time when job responsibilities change often as ...

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Change is Hard, and Always Possible

Nobody’s perfect. But some people want to be perceived in a different light, or live more healthfully, or stop acting in a self-destructive way. Whatever the reason, most of us would like to make at least one change in our lives.

Many of us have made a concerted effort to improve something about ourselves, particularly at the New Year or the morning after overindulging. We have promised to become better people, to stop engaging in unhealthy behavior, or to give up a bad habit. And… we’ve given up after awhile, because it’s hard to make lasting changes ...

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There must be a breaking point for each one of us.

Eventually you must sleep, bathe or use both hands at the same time for some purpose other than the all-encompassing thrill of “the world in a click”.

So when is that time?

Leadership today needs to get outside the bounds of the current pace, have a deeper than typical series of thoughts on a single subject and to figure out how we can best fit into the plans.

I’ve seen two references recently that touch on this point: Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together”, a book on digital dependency ...

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Sometimes It's OK to Change Our Minds - 2gno.me

Many times, especially right before elections, we hear accusations of a candidate being a “flip-flopper” or being “wishy-washy”, which basically means someone held a certain position on an issue and then changed his or her position later. This is typically perceived as a weakness or flaw in character.  There are times, however, when it’s all right to change our minds.

This is not to say that it’s a good thing to be consistently indecisive, but there are benefits to being open-minded enough to admit when we’ve made a mistake or have discovered information that has a direct ...

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This I encourage. Take ample time for the things that seem simple. Check out the edges for those salient details, imperfections, observations that are sure to make your sentiments bloom. Fly below the clouds. Peer deep through the center and keep an ear for the sound of beauty.

Despite what you’ve been told, life is a miracle.

Ask the protozoa that inhabit our thoughts.

Admire, for instance, the tambourine-type quality held in the slick and durable lining of our billionth vital cell.

Because of these things we might leave nothing to chance, yet our greatest fears become of it ...

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We’re ambitious, busy and overbooked…

And we all need time to relax. But who can figure out how to unwind?

It’s typical for our day to be a to-do list, and it demands a lot from us. If we don’t take the time…  oh, and for goodness sake, calm down… this stress surely could be unbearable.

So pay attention to the connection between mind and body.

This awareness will tell you when it’s time to take a break.

The key lies in learning what techniques work best for each of us. Use those techniques against ...

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I heard the author David Eagleman on the radio. He said something about possessing multiple selves engaged in creating a type of barter-narrative that results in the outward projection that actually ends up being "the self", or what we think we know of it.

The trick here may be to realize that not any one of us is really one person. We're all multiples. In a matter of minutes you can walk from an office space to a playground, where on one end you'll consider yourself underdressed and under-educated and maybe even undervalued... to the other end where ...

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