Lee Newman

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Why You Should Watch Out for Your 5-Year Job Anniversary

Most of us begin a new position with energy and a desire to impress. Our effort is high. Our passion is infectious. Our enthusiasm helps us to excel quickly.<p>But for some, work becomes mundane and repetitive. They lose some of their passion, and their work can begin to feel like a chore. Eventually …

It’s the Weekend! Why Are You Working?

If you are like us, you often find yourself working on weekends and are criticized by somebody (your spouse, a friend, a colleague) who thinks there is something inherently wrong in spending some time over the weekend on work-related activities. Do they have a point? We thought there might be some …

6 Powerful Actions for Improving Your Productivity

Increasing your productivity is a process, and it requires discipline. But the payoff is worth it.<p><i>Syed Balkhi is an online marketer with design and dev skills. He creates cool sites like WPBeginner, List25, OptinMonster, SoliloquyWP, Envira Gallery and more.</i><p>Are you using your time as well as you'd …

Time Management

How to Overcome Burnout and Stay Motivated

Even if you love your job, it’s common to feel burnt out from time to time. Perhaps you just wrapped up a big project and are having trouble mustering motivation for the next one. It could be that your home life is taking up more of your energy than usual. Or maybe you’re just bored. What’s the …

Why Most Managers Are Wrong for Their Roles

Only 10 percent of workers possess the natural talents required to be effective bosses. Are you picking the right candidates to be managers at your company?<p>Choosing the right managers to oversee departments at your company is a job every entrepreneur does, but most do poorly.<p>A recent Gallup survey …

Some Personalities Are More Likely To Apologize Than Others

<i>By Melissa Dahl Follow @melissadahl</i><p>There are those healthy, well-adjusted people who are quick to swallow their pride and apologize when they've done something wrong. And then there are those for whom saying sorry does not come so easily. Recently, a team of Australian and Canadian researchers …

Psychology

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

Emotional intelligence is a huge driver of success.<p>When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70 percent of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the …

9 science-backed tactics for winning a negotiation

To Form Successful Habits, Know What Motivates You

Have you ever been driven crazy by a coworker’s persistent questioning of what the team is doing, and why, and whether things could be done more efficiently—or have you been driven crazy by a colleague’s refusal to address those crucial questions?<p>Have you ever worked with someone who met deadlines …

20 Daily habits Of Highly Organized People

You have dreams, aspirations and goals. And as a savvy hacker, you know that what you do day-to-day is directly tied to your future success. So you …

Time Management

Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen

A doctor's recommendations for mental health evoke more philosophy than biology.<p>"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning."<p>That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website, stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that …

Mindfulness

The Secret to Smart Groups: It's Women

A fleet of MIT studies finds that women are much better at knowing what their colleagues are really thinking. It's another reason to expect the gender wage gap to eventually flip.<p>The concept of "general intelligence"—the idea that people who are good at one mental task tend to be good at many …

Psychology

To Stay Focused, Manage Your Emotions

A leader’s most precious resource is not their time. It’s their <i>focused attention</i>. Time merely passes, while focused attention makes things happen. When we’re able to gather and direct our attention toward a particular task or interaction, we can have a significant impact in a minimal amount of …

Signs That You’re a Micromanager

Absolutely no one likes to be micromanaged. It’s frustrating, demoralizing, and demotivating. Yet, some managers can’t seem to help themselves. Dealing with a controlling boss who doesn’t trust you is tough, but what if you’re the one doing the micromanaging?<p>If you’re like most micromanagers, you …

How Mixed Objectives Can Sink a Meeting

LEE NEWMAN: Imagine the following situation: An executive – let’s call him Robert – has decided it makes sense to launch a new product. At the same time, he has gotten feedback that as a leader he needs to be more inclusive and empowering of his team. So he calls a meeting to communicate his …

Leadership

Bridging Psychological Distance

Federico Jordan<p>Y<i>ou’re negotiating a contract with an important client whose budget is tight, but your boss is pressuring you to increase margins. How do you close the deal?</i><p><i>Several weeks ago you agreed to speak at a college alumni event, but now you’re extra busy at work and regretting the</i> …

Why Every Organization Must Experiment More

Organizations around the world all want to know what the future of work is going to look like and what they should do to prepare. The only thing that is constant in today’s business environment is rapid change, and the best way to mitigate risk and identify opportunities in this type of an …

3 Ways to Optimize Your To-Do List

Do you use a to-do list? Here's how to make sure you're using it effectively.<p>I'm a big fan of lists. Every morning when I wake up, I find it helpful to know exactly what needs to get taken care of that day. One of my biggest pet peeves is spending more time on work than I need to. Time is the most …

Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking

"Think fast!"<p>As kids, that's what we used to say at school recess when tossing the ball around. Is "Think fast!" what we're now saying when we read?<p>Historically, thinking and reading have gone hand-in-hand. Eric Havelock argued years back that development of alphabetic writing in Greece enabled a …

The Difference Between Routine and Ritual: How to Master the Balancing Act of Controlling Chaos and Finding Magic in the Mundane

“The wonder of life is often most easily recognizable through habits and routines.”<p>William James, at the dawn of modern psychology, argued that our habits anchor us to ourselves. As someone equally fascinated by the daily routines of artists and with their curious creative rituals, and as a …

Mindfulness: An Ancient Skill for Thriving in the Modern Innovation Economy

At first glance, an ancient practice might not seem like the modern path to disruptive innovation. But hear me out.<p>In 1942, the economist Joseph Schumpeter argued that creativity was the soul of economic development. For decades, his "innovation economics" theory was treated as an interesting, …

The Hidden Danger of Being Risk-Averse

People are generally not all that happy about risk. As Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman has written, “For most people, the fear of losing $100 is more intense than the hope of gaining $150. [Amos Tversky and I] concluded from many such observations that ‘losses loom larger than …

5 Things Successful People Do to End Their Days Right

You're probably not at your most energetic toward the end of the day. Here's how the most successful people utilize this time for maximum productivity.<p>Business may be 24-7 and your tech may never get tired, but human beings are cyclical animals. Our creativity and energy levels wax and wane …

The Psychology of Writing and the Cognitive Science of the Perfect Daily Routine

Reflecting on the ritualization of creativity, Bukowski famously scoffed that “air and light and time and space have nothing to do with.” Samuel Johnson similarly contended that “a man may write at any time, if he will set himself doggedly to it.” And yet some of history’s most successful and …

Why Our Minds Wander

Kids are often reprimanded for day-dreaming in school, so many of us grow up believing that day-dreaming, or mind-wandering, is something to be …

6 Oh-So Pleasurable Steps to Eliminate Procrastination

Got stuff to do that you hate doing? You're not alone. Procrastination kills productivity for millions of people. Follow these surprisingly enjoyable steps and you'll actually look forward to tasks that were painfully avoided just last week.<p>One of my biggest personal challenges has been …