Essential Reads

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

Is your work satisfaction related to your fit to your job?

Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

It's often the little things that cause big reactions.

7 Reasons Why Laziness Is a Myth

... but here's what may really be holding you back.

How Gratitude Can Help Your Career

Your path to improvement is hidden in your pleasure, not your discontent.

Recent Posts on Work

Personal & Professorial Ethics: Does Turpitude Trump Tenure?

At what point does someone’s personal behavior interfere with the performance of their professional functions?

Be Slick, Do Less, Get More

We have found that the irony of caregiving and caretaking is that the worst form of rip-off is does not occur when we give too much—what's better than a well-earned and -nursed grudge? What's more gratifying that a well-placed blast of righteous indignation? No, the real relational fleecing, the true shakedown, comes from having our own contributions declined.

What Drives Your Happiness With Work?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 Ulterior Motives
As a college student, I spent a lot of time thinking about what my work life would be like. I watched the adults in my life and saw that not everyone loved the work they did. Many of them were glad that they could provide for their families, but did not head to work in the morning excited to do their jobs.

The Bee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 How To Do Life
A fable that raises stinging questions about the life well-lived.

Does Your Personal Brand Broadcast Success?

The actions you take each day build your personal brand. The way you think, the way you feel and the way you behave shape the stories people tell about who you are and what they can expect from you when it comes to your work.

Quash Your Bad Habits by Knowing What Triggers Them

By Peter Bregman on October 08, 2015 How We Work
“One minute I was fine,” Jeff later told me at dinner, “And the next I was yelling.” He paused, thoughtfully, shaking his head, “I did not see that coming.”

Seven Quick Ways to Stop Being Irritable

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on October 08, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
Irritability is the carbon monoxide of emotional pollutants, but here's what you can do about it.

How Long a Work Day is Definitely Bad For Your Health?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on October 07, 2015 Open Gently
Working eleven hours in a day ups your chance of disease.

How to Stay at the Top of Your Game

Self care is important if you're going to be your best self, whether personally or professionally. Some quick ways to do it right now.

8 Ways to Tell If Your Boss Is a Bully

Workplace bullying has reached epidemic proportions. A 2014 poll by the Workplace Bullying Institute showed that 27% of workers are currently, or have been, the target of bullies at work. What if the bully is your boss? Here's how to know.

Journalists Can Be Nearly as Prone to PTSD as Combat Vets

By Eric Newhouse on October 06, 2015 Invisible Wounds
Recent studies show that war correspondents and photojournalists covering combat may have five times the normal rate of PTSD. Some national and international news organizations are now offering counseling to employees who are having trouble processing what they've seen on the job.

A Workover: She's Complaining About Her Boss

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 How To Do Life
Sometimes, the boss isn't the problem.

Age, Gender, Geography And Visual Appeal

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Brain Wise
What makes people prefer one type of visual design, for example, a website design, over another? How much do age, gender, and geography or culture have to do with it?

Are You Being Treated Fairly at Work?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Media Spotlight
Studies looking at emotional burnout, absenteeism, and health problems linked to workplace stress are increasingly finding a strong link between these kind of issues and perceived injustice in the workplace. A new study suggests that employees dealing with perceived injustice become more vulnerable to stress-related health problems due to frustration and fatigue.

A 30 Year Old With a Career Dream She Hasn't Acted on

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 How To Do Life
A transcript of a part of my session with a client.

Work, Love, Play: Do You Have a Healthy Inner Balance?

Do you have a healthy inner balance between work, love, and play? If not, this blog post offers some clues on how to create more inner balance inspired by theories of Erik Erikson and the insights of Doris Kearns Goodwin based on her extensive knowledge of former American presidents.

Future of Careers Part 3

Managing Your Career in the 21st Century: three critical things to do.

7 Reasons Why Laziness Is a Myth

Debunking the Myth of Laziness. 7 reasons “slackers” don’t exert effort. Laura D. Miller, LCSW

Do You Work for a Demanding 'Type A' Boss?

By Victor Lipman on October 03, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Type A managers, of which there are many, can at times be impatient, stressful, and plain old hard to work for. Here are practical tips to help you survive, and even succeed.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

5 Reasons Not to Fear Public Speaking

By Victor Lipman on October 02, 2015 Mind of the Manager
Great speakers are made, not born (as are plain old good ones). Consider the examples of this famous five. All overcame significant public speaking confidence problems — and so can you.

How Gratitude Can Help Your Career

By Peter Bregman on October 01, 2015 How We Work
I was opening the mail (the real mail, the one delivered by an actual, live person) and between the bills and solicitations, was a single letter, addressed to me, in sloppy — but recognizable — handwriting. Recognizable because the handwriting was mine.

The Best Way to Process Big Data Is Unconsciously

By Susan Weinschenk Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Brain Wise
The conscious mind can handle only a small subset of data at one time, but the unconscious is great at taking in large amounts of data and finding patterns. If you want to see the patterns in big data, you have to engage the unconscious.

The Hidden Toll of Emotional Labor

Why your job, which involves no physical exertion, leaves you a puddle of Netflix-bingeing exhaustion at the end of it.

Dear Men: Wake Up and Smell the Inequality

By Adam Grant Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 Give and Take
Men see no bias, hear no bias, speak no bias

The Psychology of Competitiveness

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 A Sideways View
Is there good and bad competitiveness? Is being co-operative better than being competitive? Are competitive people ultimately more successful than those who favour co-operativeness

A Workover: 33, Successful, He's Tempted to Chuck it All

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 How To Do Life
The exchange between a caller to my NPR-San Francisco radio program and me.

Don’t Let The Algorithm Become Your Rockstar!

By Tim Leberecht on September 30, 2015 The Romance of Work
What we need in our organizations are not smarter, more powerful algorithms, we need more true rock stars—visionaries and “misfits” who defy the confines of strict rationality, and rhyme more than they reason.

Brave New World or dystopia? Employee monitoring

By Ray Williams on September 30, 2015 Wired for Success
We are witnessing an explosion of employee monitoring systems and technological devices to facilitate that monitoring. The culture of surveillance has now invaded the workplace.

Effort Can Reveal Work, Life Passions

By Polly Campbell on September 30, 2015 Imperfect Spirituality
A little extra effort may be the surprising way to discover your life's passion.