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20 Tactics the Pros Use to Deal with Difficult People

Can you reason with unreasonable people?

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

Graduate your high school senior with basic skills for self-reliance

How to Save Your Career From Social Media Meltdown

Strategies for managing your identity in cyberspace

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

8 Negative Thoughts of Chronically Unhappy People

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What Is Your Life Goal? 5 Personal 'Bottom Lines'

Organizations measure their success based on measurable, “bottom line” variables. What about people? What are you striving for? What gives your life meaning? Here are personal bottom lines.

A Letter to a Person Failing in Search of a Full-Time Job

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in How To Do Life
My best thoughts on how to land a job in a competitive field.

4 Secrets to Negotiate with Difficult People

By Aldo Civico Ph.D. on March 04, 2015 in Turning Point
Are you dealing with a grumpy teenager, or an impossible boss? Here are 4 secrets suggested by successful mediators to deal with difficult people and situations.

5 Reasons Why People Leave Bad Bosses, Not Companies

People leave bad bosses, not companies. Here's why.

20 Tactics the Pros Use to Deal with Difficult People

You can't reason with an unreasonable person, but verbal de-escalation techniques can help. Learn how professionals handle the most difficult of situations.

Use Checklists More

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 02, 2015 in How To Do Life
Why checklists are so helpful and how to create a critical one.

Adolescent Self-Management for a Successful Independence

A major goal of parenting high school age adolescents is helping them develop basic skills of self-management that will support more independence soon to come.

The First 100 Days: Be A Stranger (As Long As You Can)!

By Tim Leberecht on February 28, 2015 in The Romance of Work
When you start a new job, your story has already started before you walk through the office door for the first time. The beginning of your tenure is a great opportunity to capitalize on being an outsider and to make new mistakes.

Is Writing a Hit TV Series In Your Future?

By Katharine Brooks Ed.D. on February 28, 2015 in Career Transitions
Is writing for television one of your career dreams? If you’re ready to transform your ideas into reality, here’s a book that can help you every step of the way.

How I Try to Make My Work Life Healthy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 28, 2015 in How To Do Life
We're working longer and harder. At least we can work healthier.

On Art And Madness

By Sheila Kohler on February 27, 2015 in Dreaming for Freud
My mother would often warn me, “Now Sheila, you don’t want to be too clever for your own good.” Obviously she equated “cleverness” with something dangerous. She was much more interested in how people had reacted to my dress after a party, “Did they like your dress?” she would ask, rather than my report card.

The Girl Who Wanted to be Spock: A Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in Good Thinking
Spock was stable as a ocean-liner in stormy seas, a place of solace and practicality when crisis hit. He saw things clearly and keenly. And my fascination with him made me become a cognitive scientist.

Is Your Job Ruining Your Marriage?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on February 27, 2015 in The Squeaky Wheel
Most of us have had the impulse to yell at our boss or even burst into tears at work—but we typically don’t, because we don’t want to get fired. But suppressing our emotions at work can have a big impact on our home lives. Here's why:

3 Fascinating Ways To Improve Your Wellbeing

When it comes to improving your wellbeing, what would you be willing to try? With studies suggesting, more than seventy percent of people around the world report they are struggling or suffering, as they face into each day ahead it’s clear many of us need a little extra help when it comes to thriving. So where does the science suggest starting?

You Can't Be Mad at Your Mind - Part 2

By Elizabeth R Thornton on February 25, 2015 in The Objective Leader
How often do you do this? You have the power to do this less by learning to be more objective!

Work Smarter, Not Harder by Breaking Bad Habits

Just like a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, we're only as good as our worst habits. Getting rid of worst habits allows us to operate more efficiently.

Should You Start Your Own Business?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 25, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal debate to help you decide whether you should be self-employed.

How Leaders Should React When Someone Disappoints

By Peter Bregman on February 24, 2015 in How We Work
“What were you thinking?” The portfolio manager muttered a weak defense which the CEO promptly and easily tore to shreds. When the manager left his office, the CEO turned to me, exasperated. “How do you reverse a losing streak?” he asked. “Not like that,” I said.

Measuring Team Performance

By Dr. Solange Charas on February 24, 2015 in The CEO Whisperer
Objectively measuring the effectiveness of the team helped the Board of Directors of this Humane Society better understand how to better select new directors and more powerfully move forward. The process explained.

Follow Your Bliss

By Ryan M. Niemiec Psy.D. on February 24, 2015 in What Matters Most?
Interests and character strengths are two natural energy resources within us. What would your life be like if you maximized both? How might you merge the two together?

Detecting Darkness: How to Spot Leaders Who Will Derail

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in A Sideways View
We know that leadership derail is both common and costly. We also know that there are many very good psychometric tests, which can help identify those who will derail. But so many selectors are afraid to use them. Why?

How to Save Your Career From Social Media Meltdown

By Nancy Rothbard Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in The Science of Work
Sharing the wrong thing on social media can cost you your job.

Can You Turn Your Weaknesses Into a Strength?

Let’s be honest, although we all have them no-one really likes having these weaknesses pointed out. Especially when it comes to our work. But what are the the most effective strategies for applying your strengths or dealing with your weaknesses to ensure your career continues to flourish? Find out what the latest research suggests.

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Object Permanence In Adult Life

Eye contact, a pat on the back, a smile of appreciation, and a shared laugh-out-loud of sheer pleasure are the best and most direct signals of communication, after all.

Confessing Your Office Romance

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in Adventures in Dating
Workplace romances are common...but how do employees learn that two people are dating at work? My latest research study describes this process.

The Real Reason Most Leaders Aren't Thinking About Trust

Trust continues to languish at historic lows at work contributing to lower engagement and innovation. So why aren't more organizational leaders leading the charge to build trust? The real reason may surprise you.

5 Ways Resilient People Use Failure to Their Advantage

While failure causes some people to give up, others use it as an opportunity to grow stronger and become better.

Good Jobs Are Going Away... And What to Do About It

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 18, 2015 in How To Do Life
The low unemployment rate masks the real situation... and what to do.

The Tug-of-War Between Passion and Security

By Gregg Levoy on February 17, 2015 in Passion!
In the contest between passion and security, security tends to win, but passion doesn't keep quiet about it. Here's how to manage the conflict between them.