Essential Reads

The Psychology of Tipping

Do American tipping practices help the customer more than the waitstaff?

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

Bonuses Actually Demotivate and Harm Productivity

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

What students (and faculty) don’t know can really help them!

Recent Posts on Work

Rethinking What It Means To Be German

One-fifth of Germany’s population has at least one parent who was not born in Germany, referred to as having a “migrational background.” Among this group, almost nine million were born in Germany, yet remain “hyphenated Germans” who must tick “yes” on job applications and official forms to the question: “Are you a German with a migrational background?”

Letter from a Therapist: "I'm Successful but Not Effective"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2015 How To Do Life
My advice to a practitioner with serious self-doubts.

The Psychology of Tipping

By Jean Kim M.D. on November 30, 2015 Culture Shrink
Does tipping benefit the American customer more than the service staff receiving them? Is tipping more about control and power than we realize? Should we follow the rest of the world's lead in getting rid of them?

CEO Characteristics and the Adoption of Diversity Policy

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on November 30, 2015 Diverse and Competitive
Organizations are a Reflections of their CEOs

Turn Change Into Opportunity

Change is going to happen. It’s a fact of life - don't resist it. Capitalize on opportunities by understanding your responses and making good choices in managing it. Here are 7 steps to prepare for the next big change!

Do You Know Your Derailment Factors? Part Two

By Megan Dalla-Camina on November 30, 2015 Real Women
For career success you must know what you could derail you. Find out here.

Objective Leaders: Rethink The Way They Think

Are your mental models serving you? How can you rethink the way you think for greater effectiveness!

Why Leaders Often Lose Loyalty... Unnecessarily

By Victor Lipman on November 29, 2015 Mind of the Manager
“At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Though in this famous quote Maya Angelou wasn’t commenting on management or leadership specifically, she might as well have been...

Letter from a Nurse Who Accidentally Killed A Patient

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 29, 2015 How To Do Life
My advice on how to cope with having made a big mistake.

Why Financial Incentives Don’t Improve Performance

By Ray Williams on November 28, 2015 Wired for Success
Performance bonuses for individuals, particularly CEOs, has been the norm across all industries for decades. Yet, increasing evidence indicates this is not a smart practice, that may actually detract from individual and team productivity and motivation.

Emotional Connection With Work Increases Wellbeing - How So?

Feeling emotionally engaged with your work appears linked with greater wellbeing and health, new research finds. But for this to occur, several qualities of the management culture that you experience are essential.

A Letter from a "Trapped" Government Employee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 28, 2015 How To Do Life
There are ways to escape from the golden handcuffs.

Men’s Conflict Mantra

“It’s not if you win or lose, it is how you play the game.”

A Letter from a Dejected Young Person

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 27, 2015 How To Do Life
Her liberal arts college education got her a job as a car rental clerk. I suggest options.

A Letter from a Struggling Actor, Now 28

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 26, 2015 How To Do Life
I offer suggestions for increasing his alternate careers.

A Letter From a Scared High School Senior

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 25, 2015 How To Do Life
Her questions and my answers about college, career, and life.

The 10 Reasons Why You Need Emotional Intelligence

Your Emotional Intelligence (EI) is vital for keeping and motivating your people and teams? You are the "Emotional Thermostat" for your team and define reality for them. If you don't step up you allow fear, uncertainty and chaos to rule the day. Read the top 10 reasons you should be developing your Emotional Intelligence.

Will Virtual Reality Usher In A New Romantic Era At Work?

By Tim Leberecht on November 23, 2015 The Romance of Work
The advent of VR in the workplace will represent a new stage for the experience economy. HR departments must start hiring experience designers, writers, and storytellers; IT department must add some serious VR expertise; and team leaders and executives must become curators of experiences.

Small Oversights Can Cause Big Management Problems

Small business owners and managers are especially prone to being overwhelmed by details. And yes, the devil really is in the details on many occasions. But not scheduling time for some strategic thinking can be an even bigger mistake.

The Big Lie Professors Are Telling Their Students

The big lie is this: That a college education is ....

How to Feng Shui Your Workspace

By Caroline Beaton on November 21, 2015 The Gen-Y Guide
The science behind your office environment.

Getting More Purpose at Work With Feedback​

By Paul Dolan Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 Happiness by Design
Feel like your job isn't worthwhile? The right feedback could change your outlook.

Work and Suicide

The specter of suicide looms large for white males in our struggling economy.

Figuring Out What Sort of Work to Pursue

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 21, 2015 How To Do Life
An excerpt from a career counseling session

Top 10 Highly Popular Strategies for Boosting Happiness

Here are 10 of the most popular interventions for boosting well-being. The science of happiness is young but there are many good strategies that have begun to show consistency in both research and popularity. Which ones will you try?

Does Your Workplace Have A Growth Mindset?

Leaders with a growth mindset see talent and intelligence as just the starting point, and instead are interested in cultivating people’s effort and willingness to learn.

How to Trust Again After Job Loss or Career Setback

Trusting after job loss or career setback comes with challenges. But not learning how to trust again can hurt your career. These four tips can help.

A Workover: She's Lost Her Motivation to Look for a Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 19, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of an exchange with a caller on my NPR-San Francisco radio program.

The Powerful “Why”

How to spontaneously drive yourself toward your best life every day.