From Taking Risks To The Costs Of Multitasking: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week we learned about the long-term costs of multitasking, how risk takers do their homework, and why certain words and phrases can subtly impact your behavior.


These are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of February 29.

1. Five Words And Phrases That Can Transform Your Work Life

“Unfortunately, everyday speech is rife with disempowering language,” Stanford professor Bernard Roth tells Fast Company. This week, we learned Roth’s approach to replacing certain common expressions for others in order to generate more positive behavior—best of all, pretty much right away.

2. Seven Habits Of The Best Public Speakers

Speaking coach Joan Detz says one thing that master public speakers know how to do is nail the first and last 30 seconds of their talks. Here’s more on that plus six other tips to transform your next presentation.

3. These Are The Long-Term Effects Of Multitasking

Multitaskers are hooked on instant gratification. And according to one expert, we pay the price for that addiction in the form of “attention residue,” the cognitive cost of constantly switching from one task to the next.

4. The Surprising Habits Of The Biggest Risk Takers

Risk takers aren’t careless. It turns out that those who fling themselves into high-stakes situations usually only do so after obsessing over the details first. Here’s a look at why risk taking is much more of a process than the impulse many of us imagine it to be.

5. How Leaders At Google, BuzzFeed, And More Make Decisions

From Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox, to BuzzFeed Publisher Dao Nguyen, we heard this week from seven leaders about how they make tough choices when they’re under the gun.