Lewis Lam

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Two Kinds of People You Should Never Negotiate With

The first thing negotiation experts teach is to “separate the people from the problem.” The vast majority of the time, this is sound advice. But as a psychologist, I know that approximately 1% of the time, people <i>are</i> the problem. And in such cases, normal negotiation strategies just don’t work. …

Managing the Immoral Employee

Out of all the management questions we should be asking, this is surely the least asked. How do we handle individuals who are prone to unethical behaviors, especially if they are talented and hard to replace?<p>There are three reasons why this subject is more or less taboo. First, morality is hard to …

Strategy’s No Good Unless You End Up Somewhere New

Innovation isn’t always strategic, but strategy making sure as heck better be innovative. By definition, strategy is about allocating resources <i>today</i> to secure a better <i>tomorrow</i>. It is important, however, to understand the nuances and complexities of innovation as they relate to strategy. Here is my …

Reference-Check Your Future Boss

What do you wish you had known about your manager <i>before</i> you started your current job? Work style? Personality? Approach to management? Ability (or inability) to empathize? Most advice around job searching and interviewing has become common knowledge: Research the company, ask questions about the …

Why You Probably Won’t Move for a Job

Leaving on a Jet Plane (but Just for the Week)<p>Don't Get Around Much Anymore<p>Human Resource Executive<p>Fewer people are moving for jobs today — and when people do move, not many are citing work as the reason. Wharton’s Peter Cappelli is inclined to believe that the reason for this “has something to do …

11 Simple Tricks That Will Make You Happier And More Productive

You can change your life in 10 minutes — if you take that time to learn a life-changing technique.<p>In a Quora thread, users answered the question, "What can I learn right now in just 10 minutes that could be useful for the rest of my life?"<p>Here are a few of our favorite takeaways that will save you …

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10 Things Successful People Do On Friday Afternoon

"Successful people tend to adhere to routines in general, so it's no surprise that the <i>most</i> successful people I know maintain a Friday afternoon routine," says Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "You Can't Be Serious! Putting Humor to Work."<p>Here are 10 things successful …

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7 Office Politics Lessons You Should Learn In Your 20s

But I learned very quickly that in order to make it in today's workplace, good performance is only part of the equation.<p>In order to get ahead and stay ahead, it's critical that you learn how to navigate workplace dynamics, and that has everything to do with mastering the politics.<p>Here are the seven …

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