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April 6, 2023 Newsletter - EP 90: 'Strive for Mediocrity' (with Matt Abrahams)


Communication is key. As change becomes the new normal in the workforce and the future of hybrid work, hiring practices, and transparency laws are evolving and adjusting every day, there is much to be aware of and lots to discuss with teams right now.


But is your People team ready to be that voice?


We do a deep dive into effective communication in this week’s episode. There are tips and tricks you can take from the boardroom to the kitchen table. It’s a can’t miss.


Keep reading to check out our latest finds and guilty pleasures from this week. Perfect for when you need a break from all that office chatter!

 

So many unprecedented times...


 

EP90 - 'STRIVE FOR MEDIOCITY' (WITH MATT ABRAHAMS)

“Strive for mediocrity”… is not the advice you’d expect from a Stanford professor, but it’s great advice. Alexa and Tyson tackle anxiety in communications, spontaneous speaking, channeling your message, and how to reduce the pressure of public speaking or speaking up with Matt Abrahams - professor of Effective Virtual Communication and Essentials of Strategic Communication at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Turns out, if you strive for mediocrity, you can achieve greatness. Listen up to learn more!


 

🔥 HOT LINKS: WHAT WE'RE READING, WATCHING, ETC.

Here’s what we’ve been reading, watching, and listening to this first week of April


Sam Altman chats ChatGPT after major public concerns. Are we over it yet? Or still interested in ChatGPT writing break-up emails and term papers for us? Has the novelty worn off? We discussed it a few weeks back on episode 84.

The best new show on TV wrapped up its first season - and if you don’t already know I was referring to Shrinking on AppleTV, you need to put that at the top of your watch list. Now, play the soundtrack immediately on repeat for the rest of the day. You’re welcome.


TV, part II: Succession is back, baby. Tom and Greg. Greg and Tom. No one else matters. Stealth-wealth still reigns, while Burberry rides it’s “ludicrously capacious” moment to a 310% increase in Google searches.

Sometimes listening to a complete HR nightmare can be incredibly cathartic. If you’re in that kind of mood, start from episode 1 of Faith on Trial: Hillsong. Each episode is more shocking than the next.

Consume responsibly. Don’t binge all at once. DM us what’s in your latest recommendation rotation @peopleproblemspod


 

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EP91 - LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT DEEP DIVE

Learning and Development (or 'L&D as it's known), is the sleeper cell of the HR function - largely secondary to things like Talent and Comp, but Alexa and Tyson sit down with Chief Learning Officer Matt Gjertsen to unpack this important function and teach you new ways to approach training for real impact.



New episodes drop Wednesdays!


 

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