What’s Dennis Reading? – 4/15/15


It’s the Weekend! Why Are You Working?
by Francesca Gino and Bradley Staats, Harvard Business Review

Many people work on weekends, despite being scolded by friends or family, because they enjoy it and view it as a productivity high. However, research shows that most people overdo it and it can be more costly than they realize. Demanding jobs have the potential to energize and motivate employees, but the pressure employees face may make them focus more on maintaining performance on their primary tasks and less on other tasks, particularly when they are fatigued. In a study conducted by HBR, they found that depleting cognitive resources can make it more difficult to follow a moral compass. When participants’ cognitive resources had been depleted, they were more likely to cheat and behave dishonestly on a variety of tasks as compared to those in a control condition.

A cheat sheet for public speaking
by Kevin Allen, Ragan’s PR Daily

Public speaking is an often dreaded task. However, most individuals will have to do it at least once in their life. The tips found in the infographics will help you plan, prepare and deliver a memorable and effective speech.

Guest submission from Dottie Weigel 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
by Dr. Robin DiAngelo, The Good Men Project

Dr. Robin DiAngelo explains why it’s often difficult for white people to engage in discussion about race and racism. DiAngelo provides some of the kinds of challenges that trigger racial stress for white people:
-Suggesting that a white person’s viewpoint comes from a racialized frame of reference (challenge to objectivity)
-People of color talking directly about their own racial perspectives (challenge to white taboos on talking openly about race)
-People of color choosing not to protect the racial feelings of white people in regards to race (challenge to white racial expectations and need/entitlement to racial comfort)



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