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The Dark Side of Performance Bonuses

To motivate workers, employers often turn to incentives such as money or recognition. What's become clear is that these programs can also result in …

Employee Engagement

Don’t Take Work Stress Home with You

After a long day at the office, many of us find ourselves taking out our stress on friends, children, or significant others. And if we’re not …

American Psychological Association

If You Multitask During Meetings, Your Team Will, Too

Managers have hard jobs. They coordinate the work of their teams, align this work with company goals, serve as a primary source of professional …

The Five Components of Emotional Intelligence at Work

Truly effective leaders are also distinguished by a high degree of emotional intelligence, which includes self-awareness, self-regulation, …

Better Brainstorming

About 20 years ago I was leading a brainstorming session in one of my MBA classes, and it was like wading through oatmeal. We were talking about something that many organizations struggle with: how to build a culture of equality in a male-dominated environment. Though it was an issue the students …

Hung Up

What Mentors Wish Their Mentees Knew

The mentor-mentee relationship is a tango between a more senior person and a junior one. Just as in dance, coordination and orchestration between parties is necessary for grace and success. And while we and others have written about what makes the ideal mentor, comparatively less attention has been …

Work-life Balance

Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking

“Sometimes, when I sit in meetings, especially ones in which people don’t seem engaged, I calculate the cost in staff time. I’ve estimated that one standard weekly meeting in my bureau — 50 people sitting in a cookie-cutter conference room, looking both bored and anxious — costs around $177,000 …

Design

How to Help Someone Develop Emotional Intelligence

If you are one of the unlucky people who must deal with a clueless colleague or a brutish boss, you’re not alone. Sadly, far too many people at work …

Leading with Less Ego

<b>Rasmus Hougaard</b> and <b>Jacqueline Carter,</b> of the global consulting firm Potential Project, make their case for mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion in leadership. Their survey of 30,000 leaders showed those characteristics are foundational — and often missing from leadership development programs. …

Leadership

How to Increase Your Influence at Work

To be effective in organizations today, you must be able to influence people. Your title alone isn’t always enough to sway others, nor do you always …

Leadership

How to Welcome an Employee Back from Medical Leave

Employees take leaves of absence for all sorts of reasons, from dealing with a cancer diagnosis to caring for a sick child. In one survey, 13% of U.S. employees reported taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act in the past 12 months.<p>When the employee comes back to the office, of …

Employee Engagement

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Participation

When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

Why We Should Be Disagreeing More at Work

When I worked as a management consultant, I had a client that I thought of as difficult. Let’s call her Marguerite. She and I didn’t see eye to eye on much. I disagreed with the direction she was taking our project, the people she chose to involve, and the pace at which she thought we should do our …

Leadership

How to Build Trust with Colleagues You Rarely See

When you exchange pleasantries with a co-worker in the elevator, the two of you are building trust. When you stop by a colleague’s office and see their family photographs on a desk, you learn about that person’s life outside the office and, as a result, usually feel closer. Face-to-face meetings, …

Management

This Is One of Giada De Laurentiis's Most Popular Pasta Recipes

If you've been searching for the perfect wintertime pasta recipe, your search ends with Giada De Laurentiis's chicken tetrazzini. A classic dish made …

15 Italian Cooking Secrets That Will Change Your Life

The beauty of learning how to cook Italian food the right way is that you don't have to go to a restaurant every time the craving strikes. From making the perfect pasta to having the essential pantry staples on hand, there are a few secrets Italian cooks always have up their sleeves that come in …

Italian Food

Roll Out Ravioli as a Weekend Pasta Project

Pasta making at home seems like a daunting task, but with a minimum of two ingredients, that couldn’t be further from the truth. At its simplest, pasta dough is but egg and flour, one binds to the other to create a sticky, dense dough. Some recipes call for olive oil, others for salt, some for …

10 Ways with Fresh Pasta

Fresh Fettucine<p>Sicilian by birth, Angelo Garro, a San Francisco blacksmith, still makes pasta the way he learned to as a boy.<p><b>Recipe:</b> Fresh …

How to Make Homemade Pasta (Without a Pasta Maker!)

I’ve been making pasta from scratch for about eight years now, often with a child standing at each hip, and all <i>without using a pasta maker</i>.Sometimes …

Food

Pantry Pasta

4 servings<p>This dish is for when a 3 p.m. hang turns into a dinner party or when you’ve had too long of a day at work. But just because it’s comfort food doesn’t mean there aren’t techniques. They’re the same ones that go into every restaurant pasta you’ve ever loved: Salt the boiling water; cook …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

Bruschetta with Gorgonzola Cheese and Honey

Giada is a chef, mother, author and restauranteur. She is known as the Emmy-award winning television personality of Food Network’s Everyday Italian, …

Gorgonzola

Recipe: Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter & Crispy Prosciutto — Fast & Fancy 5-Ingredient Dinners

When eyeing a package of cheese ravioli at the grocery store for dinner, know that it can go in two very different directions. Boil it and toss it …

Cooking

For Killer Steak au Poivre, Divide and Conquer

They say there are two sides to every story. This one began with two sides as well, both of them crusted in cracked peppercorns. But it ends with just one. And I want to convince you that it's the only right one.<p>The story I'm telling today is about France's classic steak au poivre—pan-seared, …

The Food Lab: Foolproof Onion Rings

Here's another exclusive excerpt from my book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science. I hope you enjoy it.<p>The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science<p>$30.91from Amazon<p>At their physical core, onion rings couldn't be more different from fried fish. But at their philosophical core, …

Onions

Tamal Ray’s recipe for chocolate fudge tart

This is a chocolate tart like none you’ve ever had before. The caramel in the ganache filling makes every bite a glorious, gooey celebration of chocolate. And, in one of those happy but rare coincidences, the taste is matched by its simplicity: just 20 minutes of preparation. The hardest thing is …

Dessert

24 Recipes That Start With Pesto

Is pesto the kitchen's most perfect sauce? Flavorful, aromatic, and fresh tasting all at once, pesto is easy to make in a food processor and infuses …

2018 Is the Year of the French Bread Pizza — Food Trends

Conditions are perfect for a new reign of the French bread pizza. Between <i>Stranger Things</i> and a fashion week dominated by gargantuan shoulders, we can …

Breakfast

This Is the Most Popular Sweet Potato Recipe on Pinterest

It was sometime last year that I became deeply enamored of sweet potatoes. I don't do anything particularly special with them or anything — I simply …

Sweet Potatoes

How to Easily Elevate Your Spiral-Cut Ham Without Using the Glaze Packet

When it comes to feeding a crowd during the holidays, it doesn’t get much easier than serving a spiral-sliced ham. Being that pre-sliced hams are …

Dijon Mustard