Essential Reads

Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

In the study, female managers outperform male on employee engagement scores.

I Hate Rejection!

My Job Requires it!

What to Do When Your Life Takes an Unexpected Turn

As much as we like to plan for the future, we might not see what’s ahead.

10 Great Ways to Get to Know New People Without Awkwardness

Icebreakers backed by the principles of social psychology.

Recent Posts on Work

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.

10 Signs Your Co-Worker / Colleague is a Narcissist

The Mayo Clinic research group defines narcissistic personality disorder as “a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance. At the workplace, a pathologically narcissistic co-worker can be annoying and frustrating at best, and a serious threat to your career at worst. Here are ten signs that your colleague might be a narcissist...

What Women and Men Do with their Hands

A single behavior can have multiple meanings in different cultures and can get us in trouble! For instance, the ring gesture (the circle created by the thumb touching the index finger) with which Americans convey “Okay,” means “You are a zero” in France and Belgium.

Gossip in Your Workplace Probably Does More Good Than Harm

By Frank T McAndrew Ph.D. on April 25, 2015 in Out of the Ooze
Campaigns to stamp out workplace gossip overlook the fact that gossip is part of who we are and an essential part of what makes work groups function as well as they do. It is more productive to think of gossip as a social skill rather than as a character flaw, because it is only when we do not do it well that we get into trouble.

7 Core Values for Writers

By Katherine Ramsland Ph.D. on April 25, 2015 in Shadow Boxing
In light of a recent business survey, I found values expressed by successful businesses that can also benefit the literary trade.

Is Your Workplace Stressing You Out?

Being constantly stressed out is so universal in America that many laborers have accepted it as unpleasant, but a way of life. Remember, you are not powerless, and the biggest changes in life can sprout from a small change in self. Take charge of your life by following these steps to alleviate some stress.

Are Women Better Managers Than Men?

By Victor Lipman on April 23, 2015 in Mind of the Manager
A new Gallup study says so.

11 Ways to Reduce Your Procrastination

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
Here is a buffet of tactics that can keep that career killer under control.

Moving Toward Collaboration: Lessons From the Field

It’s never failed to happen that people wake up and take note when I mention the basic set of questions the answer to which comprises a decision-making system: Who makes which decisions? Who provides input? Who hears about it? How and when are the decisions made?

Does It Take Competition to Make a Good Leader?

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on April 22, 2015 in Naturally Selected
Leadership modifies organizational culture. An evolutionary niche construction perspective explains why some leaders work for the good of their organization while others turn out to be selfish and destructive leaders.

Making a Change? Remember the Key Ingredient!

When I listen to people speak about changes they are making, they often speak as if they have no control. They say things like “I’ll have to wait and see what happens” or “I just hope things go back to the way they were.” These statements indicate a passivity—a sense of inaction. They forget they have core internal qualities that give them some control.

Are You Made Of The Write Stuff?

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 21, 2015 in In Excess
Many people that know me would probably describe me as a ‘write-aholic’ based on the number of articles and papers that I have had published. When it comes to addictions in academia, ‘writing addiction’ is just about the best one you can have. Here are my tips to turn you into a productive (and excessive) writer

Routine, Grit, and Vision

Establishing simple, repeatable, and mundane routines set you up for a life of adventure in everything. Small steps, big rewards.

My Journey to Figuring Out How to Live Life

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
Thoughts on the life well-led and the meaning of life.

Nine Ways to Improve Your Time Management

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 17, 2015 in How To Do Life
We all seem to need to do more in less time. These tips can help.

12 Ways to Reduce Your Stress

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 16, 2015 in How To Do Life
These tactics have been effective for my clients...and for me.

Great Apps for ADHD

Six apps to help manage your adult ADHD!

What to Do When Your Life Takes an Unexpected Turn

As you make your way through life, you are guided by both the long- and short-term goals you’ve set for yourself. However, your plans may take an unexpected turn. From research on “career shocks,” you can learn to manage the unexpectedly good and bad that life throws your way whether in your career or your relationships.

Net Losses

By Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. on April 14, 2015 in In Excess
A number of market research reports have indicated that many office employees spend at least one hour of their day at work on various non-work activities (e.g., booking holidays, shopping online, posting messages on social networking sites, playing online games, etc.) and costs businesses millions of dollars a year. But what can be done to prevent it?

Add Humor to Your Job and Boost Your Career

Take the brave step of experimenting with more well-placed humor at your job. By going outside your normal comfort zone with some easy-to-follow tips, you may develop a much more appealing work environment for yourself, and advance your career.

How to Write an Hour Speech in 48 Hours

If you have to give a speech, like most people you procrastinate. Now, it's 48 hours before you have to talk. No worries, because here are six easy steps to writing a great speech in a pinch. Learn them and you will be a hit!

The Psychology of Why Cubicles Make Us Miserable

By Ron Friedman Ph.D. on April 13, 2015 in Glue
Depriving people of sunlight, restricting their views, and seating them with their backs exposed is not a recipe for success—it’s a recipe for chronic anxiety.

How to Quit Unemployment; Help others get What They Want

By Dwain Schenck on April 13, 2015 in Reset
One of the best ways to jump back into the workforce, or better yet, create your own set of income streams, is to become a “people connector”. Most long-term unemployed I know have an insufficient network. They live in a career bubble. One of the best ways to build up your network is to take the blinders off and help others get what they want first.

Pregnant? Easier to Be Fired Than You Think

By Susan Newman Ph.D. on April 13, 2015 in Singletons
Pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant? More women are working while pregnant and working longer into their pregnancies than in previous decades, especially among those having their first child. In spite of laws to protect them, employers find ways to discriminate, circumvent the laws and dismiss them.

Should You Become a Counselor or a Coach?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 12, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate to elucidate the issues.

Business As Unusual

Bring it or blow it. Can you stand the feeling of intimacy and closeness in a new business relationship? Does this throw you off your game and make you back off, or blow it? In this entry we address how it is that irrelationship can trigger old, and familiar anxieties, kick up old song-and-dance routines, and ultimately, cause you to fail in your entrepreneurial efforts.

12 Ways to Replenish Your Energy

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 11, 2015 in Wander Woman
Do you feel exhausted at the end of the day, with little energy left for family and friends? This post will help you look at what you do that leaves you feeling drained, and then provides tips for revitalizing yourself so you have energy left for the evening.

10 Great Ways to Get to Know New People Without Awkwardness

Icebreakers are a traditional way to overcome the original awkwardness that many people feel when they first form a group. Whether it’s with a class, a set of co-workers, or a volunteer committee, a little psychology will go a long way toward building group cohesion and identity.