Essential Reads

Work/Life Integration

Get More Done by Focusing Less on Work

Telepressure: The Dark Side of Convenience

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

How to Build Rapport: A Powerful Technique

Learning how to match and mirror others.

Why Women Put Themselves Down

The answer isn't low self-esteem. It is something more subtle and powerful.

Recent Posts on Work

How to Turn Around a Negative Relationship

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on May 03, 2015 in Wander Woman
Whether your relationships are professional or personal, if you do not talk about the negative feelings you are holding onto, the relationship will erode. This post provides steps to improve your own relationships or to act as a coach to help bring people together at work.

Worries about the Apple Watch and the Internet-of-Things

There’s a lot happening in the internet-of-things, most of it beyond the horizon of our thing-filled lifestyles. The Apple Watch is the latest and perhaps most telling thing of all. Should we worry about this dazzling distraction? What will its social impact be? What are the environmental and labor costs associated with this new digital fashion accessory?

10 Signs Your Boss / Manager is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration." At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic manager can be insensitive and conceited at best, and exploitative or abusive at worst. Here are ten signs that your boss might be a narcissist...

A Workover: Do I Need to Be Completely Honest on My Resume?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 03, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Love your Boss

Can we learn from the psychology of relationships research how to get on much better with our boss? After all she or he can have a very significant effect on your life. It is certainly better to have them as a friend and ally rather than an enemy. So what can you do to improve your relationship?

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.

Work/Life Integration

Work/Life Integration: How to get more done by focusing less on work.

The Honest Truth About Self- Publishing

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in Listen Up!
There are profound rewards, delights, and costs to self- publishing. They may not be the ones you expect.

A Workover: Coping with a Co-Worker Who Drives You Nuts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Kindness Is Our Business

By Tim Leberecht on May 01, 2015 in The Romance of Work
Small or big acts of kindness have become an outright trend both at the workplace and in customer experiences—and that’s a good thing!

4 Character Strengths Sustain U2’s Success

How does U2 reflect a connection culture? One reason is the band's many character strengths that they express and appreciate in one another, such as love, humility, and appreciation of beauty and excellence.

There's a Hidden Dark Side to Being an Entrepreneur

The hidden secret among many entrepreneurs is the psychological price they pay for their choices. The demands of business ownership may place entrepreneurs at a higher risk of specific mental health problems.

A Workover: B.A. Wants to Make a Difference and a Living

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Telepressure: The Dark Side of Convenience

The benefits of technology may come with a price for employees.

Work Hours, Work-Life Conflict, and Well-Being in Academics

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on April 30, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Pressures on academic staff are increasing due to factors such as recruitment and promotion freezes, a targeted reduction in staff numbers, and increasing student numbers.

Building Global Leadership Knowledge and Skills

The increasingly global marketplace demands that our business leaders (and future business leaders currently in college) become culturally savvy and develop strong intercultural communication skills.

A Workover: Be an ADHD Coach or Occupational Therapist?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Smart Leaders Know They Need to Put Their Phones Away

By Craig Dowden Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in The Leader's Code
How smartphones can undermine the most important relationships of our lives.

How to Build Rapport: A Powerful Technique

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in Turning Point
Knowing how to build rapport is at the root of our personal and professional success. Here is a powerful technique you can practice right away, as soon as you finish reading this article.

Why Women Put Themselves Down

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in Good Thinking
Women usually respond to compliments by putting themselves down. Research shows that the reason for this is not low self-esteem or self-hatred. Instead, it is something far more subtle, strategic...and powerful.

Workover: A Ph.D. in Art History Tries to Find Work

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
The advice I gave to a caller to my radio program.

Can Women Ever Be Taken Seriously?

Gravitas, or the assertion of power through body language, is a concept usually associated with men. However, it is possible under the right circumstances for women to have a piece of the power dynamic pie.

All The Rage

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in In Excess
Beserkers is a culture-bound condition historically affecting Norsemen. The condition manifested itself among males only as an intense fury and rage (berserkergang, i.e., “going beserk”) and mostly occurred in battle situations. But what more do we know about it from a psychological perspective?

7 Signs You May Be A Workaholic

Could you be addicted to your work? Researchers have identified seven warning signs that could indicate you have a problem.

Workover: Lawyer Who Became a SAHM for 9 Years Wants Back.

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Edited transcript of the advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Wish You Could Banish Self-Doubt?

Could confidence be over-rated? What if instead of confidently striding into your next meeting, pitching your new big idea or even owning a large public stage relied less on feeling fearless and more on acknowledging your self-doubt and having the courage to move forward and do it anyway?

A Workover: 60-Year Old Hasn't Worked in Ten Years

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How I advised a caller who needs and wants to go back to work.

A Rap Song For Admin Appreciation Week

With admins working long hours with not enough pay— you really are the Gods and Goddesses of our corporations. If you're having a stressed out day, here's a hilarious rap song written just for you! Even if you're not an admin- you're guaranteed to LOL.

10 Ways to Build Trust Remotely

Are people who work remotely less worthy of your trust? Is it possible to build strong trusting working relationships with people you can't see? Are people who work remotely less worthy of your trust? Is it possible to build strong trusting working relationships with people you can't see?

What Would Optimus Prime Do?

Leaders of the Autobots and Decepticons are used to illustrate how schemas about leadership concepts are influenced by popular media. Understanding these schemas can help educate people about leadership and followership. Knowing the answer to "What would Optimus Prime Do?" could help leaders be more selfless and effective.