Ed Stevens

Ed Stevens

An experienced and serial entrepreneur, Ed Stevens is the Founder and CEO of Preciate.

Recent posts by Ed Stevens

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Act of Kindness-Altruistic or Strategic? Your Brain Knows.

By Ed Stevens on March 21, 2019

You know that “warm glow” you feel when you demonstrate an act of kindness without expecting anything in return? Well, a team of researchers discovered that that particular feeling is quite different than when you expect a reward for your kind act.

Our brains are designed to be social. And social relationships have always been at the heart of our survival and our happiness. From humans’ earliest days, we have relied on one another and helped one another and our bodies evolved to reward us for these acts of kindness. Kindness is one of our biggest strengths as humans and was crucial to our survival as a species. In fact, Dr. Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn, the lead of a recent study published in NeuroImage, shared that “the decision to share resources is a cornerstone of any cooperative society.”

Topics: Employee Happiness Future of Work Employee Health
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3 Myths About Measuring Employee Performance

By Ed Stevens on March 14, 2019

In a rising trend, many Fortune 500 companies have bid adieu to employee performance reviews, deeming them an outdated way to check in with employees. Adobe, GE, and many others have instead moved towards a system of more regular one-on-one check-ins with employees, where they examine their work around specific projects and progress towards development goals. “It’s liberating people,” says Donna Morris, senior vice president of global people resources at Adobe. “It has really helped to create teamwork instead of individualism, which is critical in a creative company.”

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Topics: Employee Happiness Future of Work Company Culture
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The Preciate Perspective: Reality. Not a resume.

By Ed Stevens on March 7, 2019

What is more important, where you went to college ten years ago or what you have accomplished in the last ten years of your career?

Without a doubt, actual achievement in the workplace matters more than where you got your college degree.

In a recent piece for Forbes, Jonathan Rick argues that most LinkedIn users aren’t taking advantage of the headline line on their profile. Instead of using the space for the default job title and employer that LinkedIn auto-populates, Rick proposes a customized headline of 120 characters, an elevator pitch of what you do and whom you help.

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Can You Get a Toxic Team Past Dysfunctional Behavior?

By Ed Stevens on February 6, 2019

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario: a couple of disgruntled employees with a glass-half-empty outlook are constantly poisoning the well and spreading their unhappiness to the other workers. Team members find it difficult to trust one another, projects stagnate (or worse, implode), and productivity plummets.

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Topics: Teamwork Company Culture Leadership
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Flex Your Recognition Muscle Memory

By Ed Stevens on January 23, 2019

The dictionary defines muscle memory as, “The ability to repeat a specific muscular movement with improved efficiency and accuracy, that is acquired through practice and repetition.” In other words, we have the ability to put our body and mind on autopilot.

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Topics: Recognition
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Social Media in the Workplace: Friend or Foe to Productivity?

By Ed Stevens on December 21, 2018

Let’s set the scene: you pass by an employee’s desk and notice their attention is not on the computer in front of them, but on the phone in their hand. This is a common occurrence throughout the day and as their manager, you presume that their productivity has taken a hit even if the quality of their work says otherwise.social+media-3

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We Believe in Radical Transparency and This is Why You Should Too

By Ed Stevens on December 5, 2018

Radical Transparency has been the subject of a TED Talk, and even received a shoutout on an episode of the HBO show “Silicon Valley,” but can your company truly benefit from this controversial concept? It’s certainly not new, but the buzzy business term has gained widespread exposure from the book Principles by Ray Dalio. In Principles, Dalio shares how he transitioned his company, Bridgewater Associates, from boss-to-employee critiques to a more thoughtful exchange of differing ideas, even when it means disagreeing with a superior. Dalio was encouraged to make this transformation after a colleague told him that his feedback style was too blunt. [Photo: Nadine Shaabana}  [Photo: Nadine Shaabana}

Topics: Workplace Company Culture Leadership
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Meet Roy Spence, The Purpose Institute Co-Founder & CEO

By Ed Stevens on November 28, 2018

What does it mean to have purpose? For one thing, it’s quite different from passion. Passion is about one’s personal interests, which can become one’s life work, but often manifests itself in hobbies. Purpose is about finding a cause bigger than the individual. It is the touchstone that reminds people why they do what they do and that what they do matters. At an organization, purpose is a lofty goal that typically takes a team to achieve. Roy Spence, one of the founders of Austin-based advertising giant GSD&M, defines purpose as losing yourself to something bigger.

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Topics: Company Culture
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What Successful People Do With Their Downtime

By Ed Stevens on November 8, 2018

It can sometimes feel like work only has one speed: 100 miles per hour. And when you’re always head down, working hard, crushing multiple deadlines and projects, it can be difficult to downshift on the rare slow day.image of successful person doing fun activities in their downtime

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Why Stereotypically Feminine Traits Are Great Leadership Qualities

By Ed Stevens on November 1, 2018

“I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” — Sheryl Sandberg

Unfortunately, women still encounter unconscious gender bias in the workplace. This is especially true when they are evaluated for leadership opportunities, as a new research study conducted by New York University Professors Andrea Vial and Jaime Napier uncovered. Vial and Napier discovered that feminine traits such as intuition and empathy were valued less in leaders and more masculine traits such as competence and assertiveness were valued more.

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Topics: Leadership