Mandy Kojetin

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Treat Promises to Yourself as Seriously as Promises to Others

<i>ANDREW NGUYEN/HBR STAFF</i><p>Successful leaders keep their promises. They take their responsibilities to others seriously, and, when necessary, they put aside their own needs for the good of the organization. As Simon Sinek put it in his bestselling book, <i>Leaders Eat</i> <i>Last</i>: <i></i>“Leaders are the ones willing to …

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

Over the course of a typical workday, negative and positive things inevitably happen to you. If you’re like most people, you tend to focus mainly, or even exclusively, on negative experiences. They’re what you ruminate over, what you talk to your friend about as you’re driving home, what you …

Write a Resume Summary That'll Stop Recruiters in Their Tracks

How long will recruiters spend on your résumé before deciding to toss it in the recycle bin? Six seconds, says online job search site The Ladders. That’s about 20 to 30 words.<p>So how do you write those first few lines of your resume—the summary section—to compel the recruiter to keep reading? How do …

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

Ever tried to change anyone’s behavior at work? It can be extremely frustrating. So often the effort produces an opposite result: rupturing the relationship, diminishing job performance, or causing the person to dig in their heels. Still, some approaches clearly work better than others.<p>We reviewed …

A One-Page Exercise to Get Stress Under Control

“I have so much to do that I live in constant fear of dropping the ball, failing to meet expectations, or worse.” This is a common refrain I hear from the executives and physicians I work with who are struggling to juggle the relentless demands of meeting professional, family, social and community …

Setting the Record Straight on Switching Jobs

<i>“Stay in a job for at least two years.”</i> <i>“Never leave a job until you have your next one lined up.”</i> Everyone from your mother to your mentor has advice about the best way to switch jobs. But how can you know whom to trust? Especially since what was true in the job market 20 years ago — even two years …

How a Cartoon Caption Contest Can Make You a Better Writer

On the first day of my undergraduate marketing strategy course, I show my students one of my favorite <i>New Yorker</i> cartoons. It is an image of a familiar red-and-white-shirted man with matching cap and wooden cane. He sits at a bar. The caption states, “Nobody ever asks ‘<i>How’s</i> Waldo?’” It’s sharp. It …

5 Rules for a Vacation that’s Truly Worth It

Photo by Jacob Walti<p>“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, …

The Single Most Proven Way to Get Smarter and Happier

<b>Yes, It’s This Simple</b><p>Many of the fixes for our problems aren’t complex — something that’s clear in the things I recommend people do every day.<p><b>What’s</b> …

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Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Creativity is the new money in Africa

<b>Tonight like every night, Africa’s creative talent will be showcased across the continent.</b><p>Nigerian duo P-Square<p>In Cape Town, South African opera …

Open Air Breakfasts - @ppetite

Biscuits ‘n gravy has never been one of my breakfast staples. I recently had the occasion to taste a pretty amazing version outdoors, under a stormy, …

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4 Tips On Creativity From The Creator Of Calvin & Hobbes

The famously media-averse cartoonist Bill Watterson on his work habits, the power of comic strips, and how to create art.<p>Bill Watterson, the creator of the comic strip <i>Calvin & Hobbes</i>, is famously media-averse. He’s given two interviews, total since he retired his strip in 1995. Reporters have …

Emotions Are Data, Too

Hardly a day goes by that I don’t meet it, the struggle with emotions at work.<p>The misunderstood colleague, filled with frustration, attempting not to show it; the executive wondering how to confront her team’s lack of enthusiasm; the student hesitating to confess his affection to a classmate.<p>It has …

What Happens To Our Brains When We Exercise And How It Makes Us Happier

There’s more to the mood-boosting properties of exercise than endorphins.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Exercise has been touted to be a cure for nearly everything in life, from depression, to memory loss, Alzheimer’s …

Creativity: A Client Presentation

In December 2010 we held an 'Inspiration Day' for our client Capitec Bank. As CCO my role was to define our point of view on creativity and provide examples of how the agency embodies this creative spirit internally. It was a good day and the work was well received.

Why You Should Treat Laughter as a Metric

I was following the same yoga video I had followed more than 30 times in the past. Because I know the routine well, I usually have little trouble breathing rhythmically through the postures, feeling the subtleties of each movement, and sliding gently into a mind-body meditation.<p>This time, though, …

Children's Books 2013: 17 Delightful Books To Read With Your Kids This Holiday Season

Huff Post blogger Devon Corneal loves picking out holiday books for the kids in her life. (Ok, so maybe she buys a bunch for herself too, but she asks us not to hold it against her.) For the holidays this year, she’s mixing it up -- pulling together some of her quirky favorites with more …

Creativity Toolkit: A Guide for Individuals and Managers (2007)

In one of my creative team meetings I felt that we could all learn a thing or two from Mr John Kao. He was the inspiration to deliver this Toolkit for my team and their managers.

How to Explore Multiple Passions in One Job

You like to paint and do public relations and plan awesome parties, too. But if you think it’s impossible to combine all your passions into one …

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

People often ask us how they can become more creative. Through our work at the global design and innovation firm IDEO and David’s work at Stanford University’s d.school, we’ve helped thousands of executives and students develop breakthrough ideas and products, from Apple’s first computer mouse to …

10 incredible TED talks that will make you more productive | A Life of Productivity

<b>As an experiment, last week I watched 70 hours of TED talks</b>; short, 18-minute talks given by leaders in the fields of <b>T</b>echnology, <b>E</b>ntertainment, and …

Planning for a social media crisis

If you’ve ever managed a social media crisis, you know that it can be an all-consuming experience. All you want to do is go home and bury your head …

Surprises Are the New Normal; Resilience Is the New Skill

The difference between winners and losers is how they handle losing.<p>That’s a key finding from my ongoing research on great companies and effective leaders: no one can completely avoid troubles and potential pitfalls are everywhere, so the real skill is the resilience to climb out of the hole and …

17 Counterintuitive Things The Most Successful People Do

You’re always going to get the same results, doing what everyone else does. Sometimes you have to know when to zig where others zag. These are some of the counterintuitive lessons I’ve learned and applied from the most successful folks I’ve met. <b></b><p><b>Pick Fights</b> – to test others’ resolve in their own …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Free Keyword Research Tool from Wordtracker

In reality, if your idea of optimizing your WordPress stops at hitting Publish on your latest post, you’re missing out on a lot of potential. But …

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Successfully Integrate Your Work, Home, Community, and Self

You can be a committed A-player executive, a good parent, an attentive spouse, and a healthy person with time for community engagement and hobbies. How on earth do you do all that? Stop juggling and start integrating. Begin with a clear view of what you want from — and can contribute to — each …