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Idea Killers and Conversation Murderers

The “Yes, But” problem in workplace communications.

The Importance of Detaching From Work

Detaching from work is one of the keys to thriving under stressful work.

The Definitive Way To Respond to Others' Mistakes

Mistakes happen. The question is - how should we respond?

5 Things Successful Working Parents Give Up

Reaching a healthy work-life balance requires sacrifice.

Recent Posts on Work

Workover: Rejected From His Dream Job And They Won't Say Why

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment: How to get your direct reports to quickly tell you what they need from you, so both of you feel more effective. The Managers' Misstep and the VIVID tool are both explained.

Being a Great Manager: The Art of Supervision

Management is about leadership, fairness, clarity, flexibility. But with different staff with different personalities and experience, it's about adapting you style to best meet their needs. Some tips.

A Workover: A Teacher Wants a Change

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Idea Killers and Conversation Murderers

The "Yes, But" problem interferes with good communications.

PREVIEW - Talking to Crazy

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life. Know any of them?

A Workover: I've Lost My Motivation to Work

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 24, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

A Workover: An Employee is Getting Off to a Slow Start

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 23, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

The Procrastination Prescription

Why do we put things off, even when they're important? How do we overcome our own resistance? When your plate is full and you've got the "I shouldn't be online right now" blues, try these 6 strategies to get things done ... or not.

The Importance of Detaching From Work

Typically when we hear that someone is “detached”, or is actively seeking “detachment”, this is viewed negatively. There are, however, instances where a certain amount of detachment is a good thing; in fact, there is considerable evidence that regularly detaching from work is an important key to thriving under stressful conditions.

8 Tips for Letting Go of Your College Grad’s Job Hunt

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in Singletons
More and more young college grads find themselves jobless or underpaid, living with their parents again and job hunting. The situation can feel like a minefield. Discover when to step in and when to back off as your young adult looks for employment.

A Workover: A Career Changer Wants into Renewable Energy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

Are You an Ethical Leader?

If you’re really honest with yourself for a moment how ethical are your leadership behaviors?

3 Ways to Make Your Work More Meaningful

People who believe that their lives have meaning and purpose share a whole host of healthy benefits: they are happier, feel more in control over their lives, feel more engaged at work (and high engagement usually means less burnout), report less depression and anxiety and less workaholism.

Have You Ever Felt a “Call” to Do a Certain Kind of Work?

A call means no choice — or at least, great pain in making another choice.

Two Workovers: Two Older People Wanting a Career Change

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to two callers to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

How to Put Together a Winning Team

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Team Spirit
Some teams are built upon the shoulders of a ‘hero.’ Others are a collection of equals in getting work done. The different styles are on display right now in the NBA playoffs, and how well the players work together sometimes seems as much the story as their sheer individual talent.

Why Do Positive Leaders Believe It Pays To Be Virtuous?

As a leader what virtues do you encourage in your team? Could a more virtuous approach be the competitive differentiator that enables your organization to flourish?

Why Your Boss Should Be Concerned With Your Mental Health

Nearly one in five employees experienced a mental illness last year, costing companies billions of dollars. Despite the consequences, most organizations never address mental health.

A Workover: A Career for Someone Who Is Hypervigilant?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

How Do Positive Leaders Build Positive Identities?

As a leader what stories are you telling about yourself and your team members? How might these stories be shaping the way you think, feel and act? Could a more positive interpretation lead to better outcomes?

The Truth About Children of Working Mothers

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Good Thinking
The results of a meta-analysis of sixty-nine studies indicated that the impact of early daycare on child development was different for single-parent, low income families and dual-parent, high income families. The age at which daycare starts also mattered.

Want to Get Ahead? Pick the Right Partner

Surprising new research shows how your spouse's personality impacts your chances of success at work.

Impulsivity: Good or Bad?

There can be some serious advantages to reacting fast to things around one. But there can also be serious disadvantages to being unplanful and unprepared. What does it mean to be impulsive?

A Workover: Down from Manager to Individual Contributor

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in How To Do Life
Advice I gave to a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

How Do Positive Leaders Enable People To Thrive At Work?

Are your employees thriving at work? Do they show up each day with a spark of energy, passion and excitement about the learning and growth opportunities unfolding? And as a leader how do you keep this spark burning?

Back Door Man: Confessions of an Executive Coach

An organization denies a hired Executive Coach access to troubled leader's workplace despite conflict that has resulted in filed grievances, pending lawsuits and threats to the company brand. Can a consultant work with a leader in isolation? Provide diagnosis and treatment separate and apart from his workplace and battlefield? Enter the world of coach as a back door man.

The Three Core Tactics That Result In Better Leadership

“Leadership”…the word conjures up visions of boardrooms, strategies being implemented, and big ideas coming to fruition. Well, the reality for many leaders is much more mundane because they find themselves lacking the time to expand their focus on the bigger picture and opportunities. We have found that three simple actions can free up the critical time...

Leaders, Followers, and Trust

Actions speak louder than words, but words provide the backdrop for how actions are judged. How is that measurement for you? What impact is your word-action alignment having on your ability to build trust with those you lead?

Lack of Employee Recognition is a Management Epidemic

By Victor Lipman on May 18, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
According to a new survey, only 20% of employees feel "strongly valued" at work. 80% feel "poorly to moderately valued."