Friday Finds - Christmas, Bonuses, Productivity

It is Christmas week, and this year we are doing a "staycation." With Megan and Hunter both home for an extended break, and Taylor off of school--there is never a dull moment in the Stevens' house. It's our first Christmas in Texas, so yesterday we went on a hike along nearby Spring Creek. It's likely the first time I've ever worn shorts in December, and even so, the 83-degree sun had me sweating. I could definitely get used to this.

I hope you are spending this week surrounded by friends and family. Here are a few articles to help you lead smarter this holiday season and beyond.

The Neuroscience Of The Christmas Spirit by Alice Walton via

Ever wonder why some people just seem to have more "merry and bright" than others? Scientists have recently  found certain differences in brain activity between the Christmas carolers and the scrooges of the world. We'll let you decide which one you are. 

Why I'm A Scrooge About Christmas Bonuses by William Vanderbloemen via

Our CEO, William Vanderbloemen, talks candidly about his views on Christmas bonuses and why he doesn't give them out.  But that doesn't mean he thinks you shouldn't do anything for your employees around this time. Here's what Christmas bonuses can do to productivity throughout the year. 

Your Job Description Sucks And I Don't Care About Your Ping Pong Tables by Sineil Kamath via

Yes, it's another articles about what Milliennials are looking for in a job. But in this article, Kamath talks about how prospective employees might be turned off to your company based on what is written in the job description. Your job description is the first impression people get of your company, and a bad one will make the best employees run the other way.

9 Things I Do Every Day That Make Me More Productive by James Altucher via

As 2015 comes to a close and 2016 rapidly approaches, here are 9 things to integrate into your daily life to be a better worker and leader.

One Thing Steve Jobs Did At Apple That Will Instantly Improve Your Productivity by Thomas Koulopoulos via

At the end of a long day, sometimes it can be hard to identify what you actually did that day. Between meetings, emails, and phone calls, the day can become a blur. In this article, Koulopoulos discusses how Steve Jobs would ask himself and his employees not what they did in a day, but what was achieved. This small change helped the team identify what success was and how to make every day more productive.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Tim StevensComment