Essential Reads

Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust

Trust is not inherently good

Adolescent Excellence and Managing High Expectations

High performance expectations come with sometimes not doing well enough

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

When creativity turns malevolent, you'll want to stay out of its way

Yes, You Should Get Paid to Watch Basketball at Work

Why your manager should embrace March Madness

Recent Posts on Work

Getting Off to a Good Start on Your New Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
How to make the most of those first days on the job.

5 Ways to be Braver at Work

Ever found yourself playing it safe rather than speaking up, suggesting a change or taking a chance only to regret it later? There is no doubt, that from time to time, most of us wish we were a little braver when it comes to saying and doing what we think really needs to be done in our work. But what are the practical, tested steps you can take to be braver?

The Case of the Incentivized Applicant

How much is a job interview worth?

Three Reasons to Not (Always) Trust

The kind of trust that builds good work relationships has conditions, boundaries, and limits. But, do you know them? Do you understand when not to trust?

A Contrarian Approach to Negotiation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
A kinder, gentler, often wiser approach to negotiating your compensation.

Workplace Bullying: A Real Issue, A Real Solution

By Shimi Kang M.D. on March 25, 2015 in The Dolphin Way
Tigertown is a pushing, demanding, and stifling workplace. The hours are long, and the management is predatory, the employees are solitary, there is little community – definitely no mentors, and no time for fun or collegial bonding. Tigertown is an incubator for an insidiously growing problem - workplace bullying.

The Effective, Ethical, and Less Stressful Job Interview

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
Sitting there passively and giving canned answers is a formula for failure.

How to Override the Assumptions Others Make About You

Assumptions come in many varieties, but two of the most powerful and pervasive of these are confirmation bias and the primacy effect.

From A-Ha to Success and Beyond

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Lead Positive
This is the story of retail innovator Maxine Clark and how she answered her Call to found Build-A-Bear, the teddy-bear themed retail-entertainment experience.

Good Negotiators Focus on Their Resources

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
Life is full of negotiations. Buying a car involves reaching an agreement with a dealer about the sale price. Going out with friends on a Saturday night may trade off the movie your friends want to see against the restaurant where you want to eat. Parents and children may haggle over how much homework has to be done before video games can be played.

Using Recruiters (Headhunters) Wisely

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 24, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why recruiters can be key to some job searches—and how best to use them.

10 Ways to Calm Your Interview Anxiety

It's normal to feel stressed or anxious before an important job interview. Your anxiety can motivate you but can also distract you, so here are 10 quick tips to tame it.

Work Meetings in a Bar?

Holding work meetings in a bar disadvantages some people

10 Psychological Skills Being in Business Teaches You

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in In Practice
Being business can help you strengthen skills that improve your personal life. Here’s how.

Adolescent Excellence and Managing High Expectations

When parents either support or encourage their teenager to have high personal performance expectations, they also need to provide guidance about how to manage their feelings when these outcomes are not met, as will sometimes occur.

Ethical (and Effective) Letters for Job Seekers

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Job-seekers' letters are much more likely to be helpful if they are more human, honest and devoid of job-seeker jargon than the typical such letter. And your letter is much more likely to meet those criteria if you write it yourself, even if it's less well-written than if you hire a resume writer.

A Peculiar Work Situation

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on March 22, 2015 in Fighting Fear
There may be worse problems at work than simply being paid very little and being asked to do the job of two or three people all at once.

Cops Helping Cops

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
Ten cops contribute stories to an anthology dedicated to fallen officers.

A Contrarian Approach to Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Primped resumes are suspect and certainly don't establish the needed chemistry.

Find Joy in Any Job

By Kimberly Key on March 21, 2015 in Counseling Keys
Did our parents accidentally mess us up by asking what we want to be when we grew up?

5 Tips for Transforming Stage Fright into Stage Delight

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on March 21, 2015 in Wander Woman
Instead of trying to be calm, you can use your nervous energy for positive results. Here are two tips for counteracting your negative self-talk with positive nervousness before you go on stage and three tips to keep you engaging and likable while you are speaking:

The Empowered Healthcare Consumer

There are 3 need-to-know concepts to make you a more empowered and informed healthcare consumer.

Does Creativity have its Dark Side?

We are used to thinking of creativity as an entirely positive attribute. However, new research on malevolent creativity suggests that the truly creative may put their novel thinking to dangerous uses under the right circumstances.

The One-Week Job Search

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
Job seeking feels daunting but you can accomplish much in just one smart week.

Collaboration, Willingness, and Leadership

Certainly, those of us who want to put collaboration at the center of how we function are swimming upstream. What’s most needed, in my mind, is the empowerment of all to be able to express their needs and perspectives and, simultaneously, be interested in the needs and perspectives of others and in finding a solution that works for all.

Networking for People That Dislike It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
Guidance for introverts and for people who find networking anathema.

Yes, You Should Get Paid to Watch Basketball at Work

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in Glue
Think watching basketball on the job is a waste of company time? Think again.

Getting Well-Trained for Your Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
These strategies will boost your hireability, competence, and confidence.

The Best Kept Secret to Phenomenal Productivity

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on March 18, 2015 in Feeling It
Here's How Positivity Dramatically Improves A Team's Productivity & What You Can Do To Implement It

You Are Not Alone and You Are Not a Victim of Your Mind

89% said they got defensive or over-reacted to critical feedback sometimes, 18% said most of the time 78% said they took things personally at least once a month, 10% said everyday