Essential Reads

Life’s Endings and How We Make Sense out of Them

At life transition points, it’s your sense of self that counts in the end

7 Ways Mentally Strong People Combat Stress

How to turn stressful circumstances into opportunities to grow stronger.

5 Ways to Deliver Bad News With a Minimum of Pain

New research reveals why it's so hard, and a path to making it easier.

Recent Posts on Work

A Workover: Should My Daughter Go Into Public Policy or Law?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
A caller presented a series of dilemmas common among young adults.

Life’s Endings and How We Make Sense out of Them

When something important in your life comes to an end, whether your career or your relationship, the process may be more difficult to cope with than you might realize. Ultimately, it’s your identity, and the sense you make of that ending, which will determine how you emerge from life’s transition points.

A Workover: A Young Adult Who Is Ready for a Real Career

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 01, 2015 in How To Do Life
This article presents a process you may find useful in picking a career.

When Love Goes Bad at the Office

When the breakup happens, people may take sides. Coalitions may form. Who’s the bad one who caused the breakup? This makes for high drama at the office.

The Psychology of Touch: The Taboo of Physical Contact

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on July 31, 2015 in A Sideways View
Who can you physically touch at work? A handshake may be acceptable but what about a "high five" or a bear hug, or even a kiss on the cheek? This whole area has become a minefield such that many of us are too terrified to have any form of physical contact with anyone publically lest one is accused of some immoral act or intention?

Addressing Your "Laziness"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
Ostensible laziness can be caused by any of five factors, each with its own cure.

Why Your Creative Friends and Co-Workers Can Be So Deceptive

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Social Instincts
New research explores the connection between creativity and unethical behavior.

Serving Your Self-Interest for Good

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in Lead Positive
Find out from renowned women's success coach why navigating the politics of an organization is critical to getting promoted.

Addressing the Fear of Becoming Irrelevant

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
A worry that's common among older people.

Donald Trump and Our Obsession With Narcissistic Leaders

By Ray Williams on July 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

How Do You Handle Your Insecurities?

It’s natural to feel insecure from time to time, but these feelings can get in the way of your happiness. Figuring out where those insecurities come from is the first step to overcoming them.

Stories of Seclusion: Afraid He'd Lose His Temper, He Hid

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
Injustice, especially if it could cost your livelihood, can cause great anger.

Can You Create Good Habits That Stick?

Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day at work? Take a moment and think about it. Do you have the chance to do what you do best each day?

Are You Fully Charged? 5 Ways to Energize Your Work & Life

A survey of 10,000 people revealed that only 11% responded "yes" when asked, "Did you have a great deal of energy yesterday?"

Developing Time Management Skills

When life gets busy, things pile up. Time management is not about having all of those things done; it’s about having enough time for what matters most to you. By managing your time in a more efficient way, not only will you the right things done, but you’ll also have enough time to relax, de-stress and breathe more freely.

The Best Place to Be Is Together

A sense of peace and relaxation is the largest benefit from a vacation according to experts. Five guidelines help you return relaxed and happy.

7 Ways Mentally Strong People Combat Stress

While stress causes some people to crumble, mentally strong people continue to thrive in the midst of added tension.

Stories of Seclusion: After Winning the Lottery

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 27, 2015 in How To Do Life
The drive to be creative can know no bounds.

8 Ways to Bust Your Creative Blocks at Work

By Megan Dalla-Camina on July 26, 2015 in Real Women
Creativity at work can be stifled, especially during really busy or stressful times. Try these strategies to bust your blocks and get your creative juices flowing.

The Problem with a Trust-But-Verify Approach

As a leader, do you know when to use a "trust, but verify" approach at work, and when not to? Are you making a common mistake about trust? Find out; plus explore five practices effective leaders use to build trust.

5 Ways to Deliver Bad News With a Minimum of Pain

Very few, if any, of us truly enjoys being the bearer of bad news. If you have no choice but to be that messenger, there are ways to get the job done with a minimum of damaged feelings. These 5 strategies will help you figure out how to make the best out of some of life’s unpleasant situations.

Stories of Seclusion: An Immigrant Shocked at Her Workplace

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
How a too laid-back workplace drove a woman into isolation.

It’s Time For Our Culture Of Overwork To Be Over

By Tim Leberecht on July 24, 2015 in The Romance of Work
We may talk a good game about how we want to achieve the ever-elusive work/life balance—but what do we do about it? How many of us approach it with the kind of profound urgency that marks the conundrums we attempt to solve at work? I had the chance recently to sit down with Brigid Schulte, author of "Overwhelmed: How to Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time."

Millennials: How Gen Y Will Lead Us Into the Future

By Ray Williams on July 24, 2015 in Wired for Success
The next generation of leaders, Gen Y or Millennials, have vastly different expectations for leaders and how they want to be trained as future leaders.

Should We Work Harder?

By Ken Eisold Ph.D. on July 24, 2015 in Hidden Motives
In America, we tend to think that success is all about individual effort. And recently Jeb Bush reinforced that idea in suggesting that our economy could be more robust if each of us worked harder.

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Think you are a Giver? There's something to watch out for that could turn you into a Taker.

Get Real About Teamwork

When a team mate is uncooperative, you may be tempted to ignore it to maintain the harmony. But if you do this all the time, fake cooperation gets confused with real cooperation. You shouldn't have to choose between team work and reality. Here's a way to have both.

Trauma Workers At Risk for Compassion Fatigue

Those who experience compassion fatigue are often more caring of their clients, and more vulnerable to the emotional pain of others. There are, however, ways to overcome compassion fatigue.

Does Your Prospective Boss's Personality Suit You?

Compatibility with your prospective boss is the one factor that will likely have the most profound impact on job satisfaction, and maybe your career. Yet it’s remarkably neglected in the job interview. It's the elephant in the room that not enough job seekers dare to uncover. If you ask the right questions, however, you'll greatly increase your odds of success.