Well, we’re half-way through the summer, how does that feel? I hope 2019 is being good to you and that you’ve got lots of great opportunities coming your way.

Here’s this week’s What’s Hot Wednesday for Business Owners; I hope these stories spark some good insights for you the way they did for me:

  • Are you smarter than you think you are? (It’s a trick question!). This piece from Inc. shares results from recent studies that can help you to see where your smartness factors lie.  And #4 will be no surprise for Owlthena fans: talking to yourself makes you smarter. That’s one of the foundation principles of the work we do with our clients. See, you’re getting smarter already!

 

Do Good Spotlight: Mozilla

Are you familiar with this week’s do good organization, Mozilla? How about its browser, Firefox? Mozilla believes diverse initiatives impacting the world power a healthy internet. These core principles shape their mission: to ensure the internet always remains a global public resource that is healthy, open, and accessible to all. Mozilla’s programs operate at different scales and locations around the world, fueling the movement for a healthy internet. We always donate to the do gooder we spotlight, so yes, we donated to Mozilla this week and here’s where you can , too.

 

  • Uh oh. Job-related burnout is now a topic for the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the Harvard Business Review article, even those of us who love, love, love what we do for a living are not immune to burnout. WHO recently included burnout in its International Classification of Diseases, IDC-11, claiming that it “refers specifically to phenomena in the occupational context…a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed…” The WHO noted that the syndrome was characterized by three dimensions: 1) feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; 2) increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job; and 3) reduced professional efficacy. You know I wouldn’t share a negative without some positives, so here’s a great article that identifies problems and suggests good solutions.
  • Tired of your usual summer reading? How about some books on your personal brand? Here’s a very together list from Goldie Chan for Forbes.

I hope this week’s briefing has been helpful to you. Please let me know if you come across articles that would be good for me to share with other business owners; and enjoy the rest of this week!