Jordan Peterson’s guide to leadership

Here's what it means to be a good leader—no buzzwords, no bullsh*t.

  • The psychology of leadership is a mess, says Jordan Peterson, because it's clouded by "management idiot speak." One example? A leader's job isn't to motivate people; it's to tap into people's sense of purpose. Motivation is the byproduct.
  • Lead your team like a free society, not a dictatorship. Based on developmental psychologist Jean Piaget's observations, Peterson emphasizes the importance of an equilibrated state, which is "a situation that's set up by two or more people where everyone is participating in the state voluntarily."
  • Authoritarian-style leadership ("Do this or else") is a terrible way to run a team. Good leadership means finding people who want to contribute. Otherwise, says Peterson, "the enforcement costs are so high that the free society will outcompete the authoritarian society across time."
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Multitasking actually does boost performance. Wait, what?

A new study re-assesses multitasking.

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  • Multitasking may have some value after all — as a useful illusion
  • A new study shows that simply believing you're multitasking helps performance
  • Try this for yourself and see what happens
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Bullet journaling 101: Mindfulness meets productivity

Journaling can help you materialize your ambitions.

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  • Organizing your thoughts can help you plan and achieve goals that might otherwise seen unobtainable.
  • The Bullet Journal method, in particular, can reduce clutter in your life by helping you visualize your future.
  • One way to view your journal might be less of a narrative and more of a timeline of decisions.
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Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

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What happens when you learn how much your coworkers make?

New research shows that the answer is more subtle than you might think.

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  • The debate on whether to be transparent about our salaries has been going on for decades.
  • New research shows that depending on whether we share our salaries vertically (from boss to employee) or horizontally (between equal peers), we can expect different effects in our productivity and motivation.
  • Millennials are more likely to share salary information than previous generations. What effect will this have on the workplace?
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