Essential Reads

Why Your Brain Hates the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
The job search process is fraught with psychological landmines— fears of rejection, bouts of procrastination, self-esteem challenges, and attacks of perfectionism.

Work-Family Conflict... and Its Far Prettier Sister

By Yael Schonbrun Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Moderating
Are you overlooking the gifts of work-family enrichment?
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The Woman Who Changed Hormone Research

How did one scrappy, stubborn, determined woman change the landscape of hormone research?

In Praise of Stress

By Tim Leberecht on July 13, 2016 in The Romance of Work
At work and beyond, without stress, without those signature moments that punctuate our comfort-seeking daily lives, we would be without leaps and peaks.

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Who is That Big, Green Judging Machine?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on July 23, 2016 in Wander Woman
Judging and criticizing can be exhausting. So why does your brain thrive on hurling insults? Learn why and what you can do to gain peace of mind and better relationships.

In Praise of My FlipNote

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
My favorite possession is overpriced at $8.00 yet to me is priceless.

Teach Your Brain to Like the Job Search

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on July 22, 2016 in Career Transitions
If we can help our brains tap into our natural curiosity and desire to learn, we can find ways to quiet the lizard.

Can You Teach Someone to Love Their Job?

Confucius advised: “Choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.” Steve Jobs agreed, counseling: “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

What College Graduates Need to Do First—and Other Lessons

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on July 21, 2016 in Superbosses
What do college kids need to do to get a great job? What do great leaders do that other leaders don't? Let's ask someone with answers: Muhlenberg College President John Williams.

5 Reasons We Tell People More Than We Should

There are many reasons why oversharers insist on telling you more than you want to hear.
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Rationalizing Shortcuts Can Bring an Expensive Disaster

It's easy to cut corners, but if you own or manage an organization, certain shortcuts should be avoided. Namely in policy and practice which may sound almost identical but are not.

5 Psychological Tricks to Get Ahead in Job Interviews

Think the job interview is only about your skills and education? You may be surprised to learn some tricks to positively influence your chances of employment.

The Great Underwear Disruption

Struggling to spot your next opportunity? Tips from an entrepreneur who disrupted the underwear market!
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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Is grit over-rated? As Angela Duckworth's new book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance dominates the best-seller charts some interesting questions are starting to be asked.

Pokémon Go—Addiction to Mobile Tech No Laughing Matter

By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Brian L. Odlaug, PhD, MPH, and Samuel R. Chamberlain, MD, PhD on July 19, 2016 in Why Can't I Stop?
Research shows that those with a behavioral addiction—including gaming addiction—have similar brain dysfunction to those with cocaine or gambling addiction.
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Service Is Not Your Purpose in Life

Is the ultimate purpose in life to serve others? If this question makes you uneasy, get ready to take yourself off the hook.

Career Question: "How Can I Get into Management?"

By Victor Lipman on July 18, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
A frustrated reader would like a faster career track. Following is practical counsel for anyone seeking a management role.

Moms Working Outside of the Home: Good for Kids?

Do children benefit when mothers work outside of the home? Find out what the research says.

The Case for Confrontation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, a confrontation and refusal to back down is what's required.

When Leaders Enable the Job Mindset in Employees

By Dan Pontefract on July 15, 2016 in Working on Purpose
We hired a cleaning service at home. It was yet another example of the 'job mindset.'
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Is This Where Your Mindfulness Practice Is Going Wrong?

It seems from managing stress and anxiety, to improving depression and a range of health issues, mindfulness can help us.

Why Limit Yourself?

By Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Think, Act, Be
Sometimes what seems like a self-esteem problem turns out to be our intuition telling us we're capable of more.

The Revealing Questions No One Is Asking About Single Life

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in Living Single
Single life isn’t marriage minus the spouse. It is a whole different experience, meaningful in ways that are rarely acknowledged.

Loyalty Is Overrated

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
Why loyalty's benefits are often outweighed by its liabilities.

Is Success Worth It?

Are you a minority in tech? Your success may cost you...but it doesn't have to be this way. Try these mindset shifts to increase your well-being.

Paving the Way to Starting a Business

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 12, 2016 in How To Do Life
A corporate employee wants to knowledge-up. How?

Becoming a Go-to Guy/Gal

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 11, 2016 in How To Do Life
Career searchers and counselors: Focus less on choosing, more on excelling.

5 Reasons We Follow Bad Leaders

Here are some of the psychological reasons that we choose and follow bad leaders.

Who's More Likely to Try to Cheat Their Way to the Top?

The dark side of getting ahead involves cheating and sabotaging others. Lab research comparing the two sexes finds the dark side is more likely to be inhabited by men.
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Can You Make Change P.O.S.I.T.I.V.E?

Have you ever tried to create change in your own life, in a team or across an entire workplace? Did you find yourself wishing there was an easier way to make the changes stick?
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Could Loving What You Do Be a Problem?

Do you love your work? Do you believe that what you do each day is making a positive difference? Does it give you a sense of identity and a feeling of purpose in the world?

Shouldn't All Leadership Be "Authentic"?

By Victor Lipman on July 08, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
We hear a lot about the benefits of "authentic" leadership these days. But what are the reasonable choices? Should we advocate inauthentic leadership? Or dishonest leadership?

Why Is There Hardly Any Purpose, Trust or Joy at Work?

By Dan Pontefract on July 08, 2016 in Working on Purpose
If we want employees to find purpose in their place of work and to be both thriving and innovative, we need to change a few things within the leadership ranks.

The Case for Copying

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Why rote learning such as memorizing and copying is underrated.