Essential Reads

How to Become the Best Company in the World

By Dan Pontefract on August 25, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Volkswagen chose to serve its shareholders. Johnsonville Sausage has always aimed to serve all of its stakeholders. Who wins in the long term?

So You're Starting Grad School This Fall?

By Amy Green M.A., C.C.C. on August 24, 2016 in Psy-curious
Graduate school is not simply the older sibling to undergrad. Embracing some of the differences sooner rather than later can help set you up for success.

Should We Treat Business School Students Like Customers?

University professors and administrators should be customer-oriented, but we should not treat students like customers.

Burned Out on the Job? New Research Shows Why

27.8% of Americans "burn out" on the job. Here's why.

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7 Ways Mentally Strong People Bounce Back From Failure

Get proactive about turning your struggles into strength.

Food at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in A Sideways View
Do you eat a sandwich or a salad in Dilbert cubicle or do you socialise in the canteen? Can your lunch or snack influence how you think and feel? And if so, what should you eat?

How the End of Jobs Could Be a Good Thing

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
A scenario for how the likely serious jobs decline would create a kinder, gentler civilization.

Conceptual Art and Health

This summer, culture consumers were reassured by the retraction of a faulty scientific study: no need to worry about formaldehyde overexposure from fine art installations...

Why We Need More Empathetic and Compassionate Leaders

By Ray Williams on August 28, 2016 in Wired for Success
Recent studies have shown that contrary to some conventional wisdom, empathetic and compassionate leaders promote trust, collaboration and well-being, and get positive results.

Three Essential Trust Giving Don'ts

Knowing how, when and whom to trust gets complicated at times. Discover three easily avoided mistakes that will lower your workplace trust-risk while increasing your trust-skill.

What Makes People Passive-Aggressive? 6 Possible Causes

Be on the lookout for these, before you’re blindsided!

Haven’t Things Changed in Gender Relationships?

Often people assume that with close to four decades of women having entered the workforce, we’ve arrived. Haven’t we given enough attention to this gender problem at work?

Crazy Busy? What Would You Pay for an Hour of Calm?

As you reflect on your life for a moment, how much would you pay to avoid feeling negative emotions or to experience more positive emotions?

Why So Many Leaders Fail and Derail

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
There is a growing literature on the derailed executive. It outlines the paradox of leadership: that some of the factors that help you climb the greasy pole also cause failure!

Post-Presidency Career Advice for Obama With Lessons for All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in How To Do Life
Career ideas for the president, with implications for all of us.

How “Good Stress” Helps Creativity in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Not all stress is equal. Which stressful factors can contribute to an employee's creativity and innovation?

9 Hidden Habits That Make Us Miserable at Work

By Nick Tasler on August 24, 2016 in Strategic Thinking
Want to be happier at work? Pick one of these habits to break.

An Ultra-Simple Way to Choose and Succeed in Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in How To Do Life
Career success and contentment in 9 simple steps...really.

3 Steps to Find a Business Mentor for Free

By Judy Carter on August 22, 2016 in Stress Is a Laughing Matter
Therapists get this all the time. Someone, under the guise of friendship wants you to solve their problems over a cobb salad. Isn’t that why you have an office?

Ambition Versus Gratitude for What You Have

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in How To Do Life
What to keep striving for and what to accept as-is?

Are Teachers Our Most Undervalued Leaders?

By Victor Lipman on August 21, 2016 in Mind of the Manager
Some HR executives like to hire teachers because they have outstanding communication and presentation skills – highly valued in the corporate world.

Dangerous Thoughts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Things that are hard to say, even to our diary.
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Tune in to Your Inner Olympians

By Margaret Moore on August 20, 2016 in Life Changes
Are you wondering how to organize inside out? Here's a new model of the human psyche, an adult version of the Pixar movie, Inside Out.

From Novice to Expert: Knowing & Moving Through the Stages

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on August 20, 2016 in Fixing Families
Learning moves through stages. Here's the 4 steps. Time to match up and look ahead.

What's the 4-Letter Word Your Diet Might Be Missing?

By Gregg McBride on August 20, 2016 in The Weight-ing Game
Wanting a quick fix (which can include fads, pills or even surgery), some dieters often ignore the actual "work" it takes to successfully lose excess weight once and for all.

The Fear Behind Women in Power

By Kimberly Key on August 19, 2016 in Counseling Keys
With a woman running for president, what kind of differences do women bring to leadership? How far have women come and where are women's rights headed?

Looking for Work? 9 Things You Need to Know and Do

Remember: there are a lot of jobs out there, just like there are a lot of apartments or potential true loves. You only need one. (You might want more, but you only need one.)
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Should We Be Playing With Our Well-being?

Wish you had more well-being when it comes to the way you go about your work?

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch. Every Time. Everywhere.

Budgeting a little time to explain things at work can help build momentum and support. And those can make the difference in success and failure, ultimately the bottom line.

Why Your Grandmother Is Still Working

Older workers are breaking all the rules. As of 2014, 60 percent of workers 65 and older had full-time jobs.
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When Work Can Be Damaging To Your Health

Companies should, through well-trained managers, pay attention to the behavior of their employees.

Are Olympians Addicted to Exercise, Work or Neither?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in In Excess
Olympic athletes are dedicated to their profession and spend hours every day training and exercising. But are Olympic athletes addicted to exercise, their work, or neither?

The Devoted and Dependent Person at Work

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in A Sideways View
Some people seem to be self-sacrificial at work? But is this behavior more a cry for help than dedication to others at work?

Individualized Management

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
Faddish nostrums are superfluous if not inapplicable to your workplace. Resist.