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4 Toxic Leadership Phrases You Probably Say Daily

They might seem harmless, but these words and phrases tell employees that you're not a people-focused leader.<p>As leaders, our language defines us. Literally.<p>In a new report, the behavioral analytics platform Mattersight analyzed at least 10 minutes of public speaking engagements from well-known …

Leadership

The Biggest Reason Why Your Employees Lack Motivation Boils Down to 4 Words

How do you get the best out of your employees? And how do you motivate them to go above and beyond? The answer is not rocket science.<p>In Mark C. Crowley's exceptional book, <i>Lead from the Heart</i>, he gathered a mountain of research data to answer the types of questions that have plagued managers for …

Employee Engagement

Ten Skills Every Manager Needs -- But 90% Of Managers Lack

Dear Liz,<p>I’m the Training Manager in a great firm. I have developed and delivered customer service training, communication skills training and several other courses, but now I have a new and bigger challenge. My CEO asked me to develop an in-house leadership development program. I’m very excited …

Leadership

HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now

Human resources has to be one of the greatest bait-and-switch professions one can join today. HR departments position themselves with a forward-facing fluffy image, whether improving the productivity of workers through training and development programs or perhaps righting the yawning inequality gap …

The Workplace

12 best practices for user account, authorization and password management

By Ian Maddox, GCP Solutions Architect<br>Account management, authorization and password management can be tricky. For many developers, account …

Information Systems

Busting The Bureaucratic Iron Cage: How To Win Support For Change

<b>Weber On The Bureaucratic Iron Cage. Norman And Brown On Human-Centered Design. Deci And Ryan On Motivation.</b><p>Conventional change management theory (described in my first post) ignores a concept that is central to organizational psychology: Employees’ performance is influenced by how well the …

Employee Engagement

The Death of Microservice Madness in 2018

En Español | Reddit Thread | Hacker News ThreadMicroservices became a very popular topic over the last couple of years1. 'Microservice madness' goes …

Microservices

BeyondCorp: How Google Ditched VPNs for Remote Employee Access

Today, none of Google’s employee-facing applications are on a virtual private network. They all have public IP addresses.<p>The company feels this …

Fellow Engineers: This is where your money comes from

Recently I saw some rather surprising conversations on Reddit’s /r/cscareerquestions which is generally a great place to talk through different CS …

Why Leaders Need To Embrace Employee Motivation

How do we consistently get team members who say ‘I love my job, I trust my leader and l’m ready to rock today!’?<p>According to Gallup, the purpose of performance management is to improve quality of work, productivity and other business outcomes, but traditional approaches have consistently fallen …

Employee Engagement

5 Things Every Manager Needs To Know About Employee Engagement

This is an employee engagement message from the heart.<p>I’m doing my best to strip away HR-speak, academic jargon, and journalistic style in an attempt to actually <i>reach</i> crazy-busy front-line managers who’ve heard it all before. It’s my vain attempt to actually <i>influence</i> someone.<p>Despite the best …

Employee Engagement

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

The Workplace

The State of Mobile User Experience

<b>Summary:</b> Ten years from the original iPhone, the field of mobile UX has finally reached maturity.<p>The original iPhone was released in June 2007. In …

Mobile

Want to Be Much Happier Starting Tomorrow? Practice This 1 Habit Rarely Found at Work

Research suggests that companies and individuals committed to living out this principle will see a happier workplace and an improved bottom line.<p>Positive psychology has got me hooked. This explosive field's body of research is telling us that if we desire a life of happiness, and if we truly want …

I’m harvesting credit card numbers and passwords from your site. Here’s how.

If an attacker successfully injects any code at all, it’s pretty much game over<p>Looking back on these golden years, I can’t believe people spend so …

JavaScript
Cannabis

Police: Prank led to police shooting unarmed Kansas man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn't involved in the dispute.<p>Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a …

Power Prices Go Negative in Germany, a Positive for Energy Users

Germany has spent $200 billion over the past two decades to promote cleaner sources of electricity. That enormous investment is now having an unexpected impact — consumers are now actually paid to use power on occasion, as was the case over the weekend.<p>Power prices plunged below zero for much of …

Renewable Energy

AT&T Announces Thousands of Layoffs, Firings Just In Time for Christmas

AT&T will layoff and fire more than a thousand workers starting early next year, according to local reports.<p>Across the Midwest, an estimated 600 …

This Infographic Breaks Down 52 of The Most Common Misconceptions

You'd think that in the age of the internet, where more information than we can possibly consume in several lifetimes is at our fingertips, stubborn …

How Are You Perceived at Work? Here’s an Exercise to Find Out

It’s not easy to understand how other people perceive us. We are often uncertain, confused, or even completely unaware of what we project. And this lack of self-awareness can be career-limiting.<p>Consider a former client of mine who was angling for the C-suite but had received feedback that his …

Employees Trust Bosses Who Display Any of These 5 Successful Leadership Habits

Countless studies have confirmed that trust is the one human behavior you cannot afford not to have for your business to profit.<p>Tell me if you agree with this statement: <i>For any human relationship to thrive, it has to be founded on trust</i>.<p>If you agree, it's really no different in the workplace, …

The Juno Space Probe Isn't Where It Should Be, And This Isn't The First Time It's Happened

Messing with general relativity.<p>In the early 1960s, scientists developed the gravity-assist method, where a spacecraft would conduct a flyby of a …

AT&T says it never blocked apps, fails to mention how it blocked FaceTime | Ars Technica

AT&T: Your Internet service won't change after FCC eliminates net neutrality rules.<p>AT&T's push to end net neutrality rules continued yesterday in a …

Parasite that turns ants into actual zombies is even more terrifying than scientists thought

An incredibly powerful type of fungal parasite that is known to turn ants into actual zombies is actually even more devious than was first thought. …

Insects

14 Psychological Tricks Everyone Should Know

The internet is awash with amateur psychology and body language tips, from ludicrous, life-affirming self-help mumbo jumbo to beginner-level …

Body Language

Here's the Key to Great Conversation in 1 Sentence

In the best conversations, both people are students of each other.<p>One of the most famous quotes about communication comes from Stephen R. Covley. He intelligently remarked that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. In essence, this means that …

Self-improvement

Want Your Boss to Be a Better Leader? Persuade Them to Try Any of These Top 5 Habits of Smart Leaders

Here's the bottom line for why employees quit their managers.<p>Years ago, Gallup estimated quite shockingly that 75 percent of the reasons people quit comes down to their managers.<p>In my own research pouring over mountains of literature as well as my own client data to get to the bottom line of the …

Alaska Airlines

Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying

POTUS swings and misses at the softest softballs.<p>It’s not exactly a news flash at this point that Donald Trump isn’t very fluent on questions of public policy, but his interview over the weekend with Fox Business Channel’s Maria Bartiromo is really a sobering reminder of the levels of ignorance and …

'Work-Life Balance' Is Backfiring on Employers. Here's Why.

Work-life "integration" is the way to go. But, first, leaders must first understand why a perfect work-life balance isn't even possible.<p>Work-life balance is a concept many employers have been attempting to make a reality for employees. Unfortunately, it isn’t as attainable as we'd hoped.<p>Jennifer …