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How to Cultivate Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride on Your Team

As a leader, what traits should you cultivate in your employees? Grit – the ability to persevere in the face of challenges? Sure. A willingness to accept some sacrifices and work hard toward a successful future are essential for the members of any team. But I believe there’s another component that …

Happiness

Your Short-Term Memory Can Only Hold 7 Items (But You Can Use This Trick)

In 1956, a cognitive psychologist at Princeton University named George A. Miller published what would become one of the most frequently cited papers …

Short-Term Memory

How to Forget About Work When You’re Not Working

When was the last time you got away from work?<p>I mean truly got <i>away</i> from it: didn’t think about it, didn’t worry about it, didn’t have a to-do list rattling around in your brain.<p>Most of us know there are benefits to getting away from work. We know we need time to recharge each day in order to be …

Self-help

When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down. Either way, you are now responsible for …

Management

The Backfire Effect Says When You Hear Contradictory Evidence, Your Beliefs Get Stronger

It was Thomas Jefferson who said that an informed electorate is a prerequisite for democracy. Recent research, however, finds that being informed may …

Psychology

Power Can Corrupt Leaders. Compassion Can Save Them

In 2016 John Stumpf, then the CEO of Wells Fargo, was called before Congress to explain a massive scandal. For more than four hours, Stumpf fielded a range of questions about why the bank, which had over $1.8 trillion in assets, had created 2 million false accounts, and, after the fraud was …

Mindfulness

Processed foods are driving up rates of cancer: Major study reveals the health threat of British favourites including cereal, energy bars, sausages and chocolate

Mail Online | 2/15/2018 | Ben Spencer Medical Correspondent For The Daily Mail<p>Level 3<p>Eating processed food significantly raises the risk of cancer, …

Wanda Sykes

These Are the 8 Characteristics Shared by People Who Have Survived Disasters

Surviving a disaster doesn't just come down to fight or flight. Circumventing danger is more complicated than that. However, there may be one way to …

Psychology

To Change Someone’s Mind, Stop Talking and Listen

Samar Minallah Khan, the feminist Pakistani anthropologist and filmmaker, was enraged. Local tribal leaders were trading little girls as compensation for their male family members’ crimes.<p>These leaders, responsible for settling legal disputes in their villages, act as local judges. A longstanding …

Leadership

The Getting Things Done (GTD) Method Promises Stress-Free Productivity

"The most effective way to do it is to do it," said Amelia Earhart. That's basically the methodology behind the aptly named Getting Things Done (GTD) …

Productivity

A Hostage Negotiator's Three Tips for Bargaining

Let's say you're trying to decide what's for dinner. "I want to have tacos," you say. "I want to have curry," says your spouse. "Do you think that we …

Body Language

How to Communicate with a Reality Denier

We're guessing you've encountered a person in your life who denies facts that should be undeniable. Whether they think the moon landing was faked, …

Communicate

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

By Eduardo BriceñoA growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, …

Pedagogy

Why Do So Many Managers Forget They’re Human Beings?

In our assessments, surveys, and interviews of over a thousand leaders, many comments stood out, but one in particular was especially powerful and thought-provoking. “Leadership today,” Javier Pladevall, CEO of Volkswagen Audi Retail in Spain, told us, “is about unlearning management and relearning …

Leadership

5 Research-Based Strategies for Overcoming Procrastination

Chances are that at this very moment you’re procrastinating on something. Maybe you’re even reading this article to do so.<p>A while back, I took a year to experiment with every piece of personal productivity advice I could find. In becoming hyperaware of how I spent my time, I noticed something: I …

How Office Politics Corrupt the Search for High-Potential Employees

Few topics have captivated talent management discussions more intensely than <i>potential</i>. The obsession with predicting who may be a future star or the next top leader has influenced academic research and human resources practices alike. But how good are we at evaluating human potential? The answer …

Management

Perfectionism Is Increasing, and That’s Not Good News

According to the World Health Organization, a record number of young people worldwide are suffering from serious depression or anxiety disorders. In some sections of society, there is a tendency to dismiss this trend as the product of an over-indulged, over-entitled, and over-sensitive “snowflake …

Mental Health

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision Making

To make a good decision, you need to have a sense of two things: how different choices change the likelihood of different outcomes and how desirable each of those outcomes is. In other words, as Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb have written, decision making requires both prediction and …

If Your Employees Aren't Learning, You're Not Leading

There’s a strong positive relationship between how much people learn on the job and how much they love their job. Employees who score high on survey questions like “I will have to learn new skills to achieve my assigned goals for this year” have higher scores on questions such as:<p>“I consider myself …

Employee Engagement

Stop Hiring for Culture Fit

I really dislike the term “A player.” It implies a grading system that can determine who will be best for a position. HR people always ask how Netflix, where I served as chief talent officer from 1998 to 2012, managed to hire only A players. I say, “There’s an island populated exclusively by A …

The “Quiet Life” Hypothesis Is Real: Managers Will Put Off Hard Decisions If They Can

In competitive markets, managers have a strong incentive to give their best effort. But economists have long argued that when companies are insulated from competition, their managers may not be motivated to maximize the profit of the firm and instead may choose to enjoy the “quiet life.” Similarly, …

You Don’t Find Your Purpose — You Build It

“How do I find my purpose?”<p>Ever since Daniel Gulati, Oliver Segovia, and I published <i>Passion & Purpose</i> six years ago, I’ve received hundreds of questions — from younger and older people alike — about purpose. We’re all looking for purpose. Most of us feel that we’ve never found it, we’ve lost it, or …

This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science

You don't need to be happy all the time.<p>Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its …

Happiness

How to Regain the Lost Art of Reflection

A famous but possibly apocryphal tale about Albert Einstein is that he dreamed up the theory of relativity when riding his bicycle. Warren Buffett is on record as saying that he reads for six hours per day and has very few scheduled meetings. Both of these examples stand in stark contrast to the …

Want to Gain Customers' Trust? Try These 4 Communications Tips.

In one study, poor communication was the reason behind the failure of a third of all failed projects surveyed.<p>Business communication has much more importance than many people realize. In fact, a study by the Project Management Institute found that poor communication was the reason behind the …

How to Win Over a Boss Who Just Doesn’t Seem to Like You

Chances are that at some point in your career, you’ll have at least one boss you just can’t seem to impress, or who tend to rub the wrong way.<p>Bosses like these don’t seem to trust you or to like working with you. And even a track record of stellar performance on the job doesn’t seem to help. The …

How Criticizing in Private Undermines Your Team

You are holding your weekly team leadership meeting. You are discussing with your direct reports how to handle the project delays that have caused the team to miss its quarterly numbers. You know that Ted — one of your direct reports — contributed to missing the numbers by missing two key …

Tina Lewis Rowe

<b>“Praise in public, correct in private”</b> is advice that is often given in supervisory training without discussing its intent or the exceptions to it as …

6 Things You Should Never Do in Front of Your Manager

Be a person, not just an employee, and give value, not just questions that need answers.<p><i>What are some things employees do that bother managers? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Tom</b> …

We Shouldn’t Always Need a “Business Case” to Do the Right Thing

I’ve been a consultant for almost 20 years, advising companies on complex challenges in ethics, risk, and responsibility. Each year several clients raise the same issue: the need to get buy-in from a skeptical senior executive in order to demonstrate a concrete benefit that will follow a proposed …