exclusives | October 22, 2015

Lavin Weekly #12: Gino, Rushkoff, Chetty, & Braitman

1. Francesca Gino Fills the Pages of HBR with Excellent Advice

Organization and decision-making expert Francesca Gino has been busy keeping the Harvard Business Review a great resource for professionals, and generally a smarter venue. Her article “How to Make Networking at Conferences Feel Less Icky,” is, as it sounds, a great way for more introverted professionals to embrace a very necessary part of getting ahead. Gino’s advice is to “reframe the way you think about what you’re doing” so that the experience isn’t totally inauthentic, or taxing. She recommends thinking about what you can give, about each person’s individual value, about building genuine relationships and imagining the process as an act of discovery. In the longer article “Why Organizations Don’t Learn” from the Nov. 2015 issue, Gino identifies a fear of failure, mixed mindsets, reliance on repeating past success, and other causes that hold back companies from learning. Accordingly, she suggests destigmatizing failure, teaching a growth mindset, and other practical advice to “unleash the power of leaning” and “truly improve continuously,” no matter what company or workforce you have.

2. Media Theorist Douglas Rushkoff on the Hazards of Multitasking with Digital Tech

In a review of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s book Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family for CNN.com, Douglas Rushkoff touches on some timely issues of corporate culture and time management. He summarizes Slaughter’s thesis: that we “must abandon the notion that anyone—man or woman—can fully dedicate themselves to both family and career at the same time.” Nevertheless, Rushkoff argues, our technologies, digital platforms, and “the culture they spawn” constantly suggest otherwise. But technology creates “the false impression that we can actually do everything we want, all at once,” even though multitasking means “we get less done, we do it with less accuracy and depth, and we remember less about it later.” Via Slaughter, Rushkoff (author of the upcoming book Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity) suggests we go a bit easier on ourselves, “stop compensating” for unrealistic demands on our time, and stop worrying about “false ideals.”

3. Bridging the Democrat/Republican Gap with Raj Chetty’s Economic Solutions

When you’ve got an economic plan to battle income inequality that grabs the ears of both right-wingers like Jeb Bush and Democrats like Hillary Clinton, you know you’re on to something. Raj Chetty (Visiting Professor at Harvard University, and Professor of Economics at Stanford) is doing just that: his research into strengthening neighborhoods and upward mobility has politicians on both sides of the spectrum keen to adopt his policies. As summarized in The Wall Street Journal, Chetty proposes to “move poor children to high-mobility communities and remove the impediments to mobility in poor-performing neighborhoods. He is now working with the Obama administration on ways to encourage landlords in higher-opportunity neighborhoods to take in poor families by paying landlords more or guaranteeing rent payment.” It’s this kind of inventive work that earned Chetty his MacArthur Fellowship, John Bates Clark medal, and other honors.

4. Celebrate the Paperback Release of Animal Madness with This Charming Trailer

Laurel Braitman’s Animal Madness—a New York Times bestseller the paper called “brimming with compassion”—is now available in paperback from Simon & Schuster, with a new foreword and afterword from the author. To toast the book’s release, you can catch Braitman (and co-star canine friend/superstar Cedar) in this lighthearted trailer. Braitman herself will be appearing next week in Chicago (Oct. 27) and in NYC (Oct. 29) at Pop-Up Magazine events, so if you’re in town, stop by and say hello. As the new press release describes Animal Madness, “Every being with a mind has the capacity to lose hold of it from time to time. Luckily we can almost always find them again. While this book is far from a training manual, it will change the way you try to help, entertain, play with, watch, and nurture the creatures you care about. It may even help you understand the most complicated one of all: yourself.” As a fantastic keynote speaker, Braitman is also speaking on some new topics, so be sure to check out her Lavin page for the updates!

To hire Francesca Gino, Douglas Rushkoff, Raj Chetty, or Laurel Braitman as the keynote speaker of your next event, contact The Lavin Agency speakers bureau.

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