Essential Reads

Three Reasons Why Most Motivational Speakers Are Dead Wrong

By Bobby Hoffman Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Motivate!
Many authors and speakers tout "proven formulas" and share "motivational secrets," guaranteed to improve performance and personal growth, but do these methods help or harm?

Police 'Blue Wall of Silence' Facilitates Domestic Assault

The “blue wall of silence”—an unwritten code to protect fellow officers from investigation—perpetuates domestic violence in officers' homes.

Learning to Speak Up When You're From a Culture of Deference

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Adaptation
Many people come from highly deferential cultures where it's very hard to speak up.

How to Stand up to the People Who Step All Over You

In ordinary social interactions, there’s the expectation that you respect boundaries. A new article suggests what to do when your boundaries are violated.

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Compensation Negotiation for Employees

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 26, 2017 in How To Do Life
Advice for the currently employed but with implications for job seekers.

One Philosopher’s Daily Grind

By Hugh Aldersey-Williams on April 26, 2017 in A Curious Mind
How did the day job of one of the greatest of all philosophers influence his ideas?

Three Ways to Boost Workplace Safety

How well do you distinguish between incompetent people and defective processes?

Will Humans Be Necessary?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in How To Do Life
Career and personal implications of increasing automation.

How to Rebound From Constructive Criticism in 5 Minutes!

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in Fearless You
Becoming thankful for constructive criticism will disarm your critic, and it will remind you to find something of value in the criticism!

Millennials, This Is Why You Haven't Been Promoted

By Caroline Beaton on April 24, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
If you’re ambitious but stuck on Level 1, here are six possible reasons. (Warning, tough love ahead.)

Do Women Need to Play Golf to Succeed in the Corporate World

Golf has become a metaphor for membership dues, and some women simply don’t want to pay the dues.
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Some Inconvenient Truths About the Affordable HealthCare Act

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in Beyond Bullying
Fed up with your healthcare insurance? If so, read this blog entry.

Why Relying on GPS Does Your Brain No Favors

It's all too easy to let tech such as GPS do all your thinking for you, isn't it? But you might want to consider what invaluable mental resources you're losing in return.

Build Trust and Productivity With a Simple Conversation

By Peter Bregman on April 24, 2017 in How We Work
Are your words building trust and enabling your colleagues to do their best work?

Cultivating the Pasture They Put You Out To

The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.

What Kind of Integrity Is Needed to Build Trust at Work?

Not having personal integrity diminishes trust at work, but having it alone won't create it. If you want to build trust, don't confuse your personal integrity with your behavioral

Closing: Aging, Luck, Hypocrisy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about aging, luck, and hypocrisy.

How to Help Your Foreign Employees Speak Up in Meetings

By Andy Molinsky Ph.D. on April 23, 2017 in Adaptation
Interested in jumpstarting the productivity of your organization? Learn to help your foreign-born employees participate in meetings.

8 Life Setbacks and Failures of Narcissists

Many narcissists are oblivious to their negative and often self-destructive behavioral patterns, which typically result in them experiencing life lessons the hard way...

The O’Reilly Factor: Men, Power, and Sexual Abuse

Love him or hate him, Bill O’Reilly had the ear of America. He’s rich and famous, and we seem to have a different set of rules for those folks.

39 Tweets to Improve Your Worklife

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
Sometimes, bits of advice can be the most time-effective.

7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in Feeling It
After a long winter, here's some serious inspiration for the summer months to boost your happiness and success!

In Defense of Organizations

Are you getting the most out of your organization? Learn how to make your organization work for you!

Employer and Job-Seeker Ploys

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Ensuring the best candidate, not just the best-appearing candidate gets the job.

How Do Work Breaks Help Your Brain? 5 Surprising Answers

By Meg Selig on April 18, 2017 in Changepower
Work smarter. Take a break! Discover 5 reasons why work breaks can lift your productivity, creativity, and motivation...as well as your spirits.

Why Speaking Less is the Secret to Powerful Communication

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Feeling It
In our quest to become powerful communicators, we forget about the powerful impact of shutting up and listening.

A Time to Decide

By Loren Soeiro, Ph.D. ABPP on April 17, 2017 in I Hear You
For the first time in their lives, today's young adults are making big decisions when there are no do-overs.
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Ten Things People With A Strong Bandwidth Do

Do you wonder how leaders and over-achievers accomplish so much? They have a strong bandwidth and engage in these ten behaviors.

Can You Have Too Much Empathy?

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 15, 2017 in Wander Woman
There is a light and dark side to empathy. Knowing how to let go of the need to fix and care for someone will increase the impact of your empathy.

Communicating Through Conflict

By Kimberly Key on April 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Not all conflict may be solved, yet not all conflict is a foregone conclusion.

Tool to Help You Challenge Your Beliefs and Change Your Life

Have you tried to re-wire your neural net to create a better life? A practical worksheet to help you rethink the way you think and transform old mental models to serve you better.

Toppling the Boss

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 12, 2017 in How To Do Life
Learn ethical ways to oust the bad and to protect yourself if you're the good.

Misunderstanding in the Multilingual Workplace

Today’s workplace increasingly brings together people from diverse language backgrounds. Is this multilingualism a threat in need of a solution or a par for the course?

In Defense of United Airlines

The fiasco of dragging a passenger off a plane needs more tempered reaction.