Bob Ryan

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What 20 Years as a Remote Organization Has Taught Us About Managing Remote Teams

In his 1974 interview with ABC News, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke painted a picture of how computers would change our way of life by the year 2001. One of his many extraordinarily accurate predictions: “Any businessman, any executive, could live almost anywhere on Earth and still do his …

Leadership

3 Things Your Employees Can Do to Help You Succeed

Entrepreneurship can be lonely, but sometimes you can find help in unlikely places.<p>Entrepreneurship certainly offers incredibly euphoric moments of joy, triumph and satisfaction. However, many honest entrepreneurs will also tell you that entrepreneurship can be scary, lonely and disappointing.<p>In …

Leadership

Are You a Good Boss? 5 Signs That Will Tell You

Are you a good boss. It's not always easy to tell<p>So you're the boss. Whether you are in charge of a small department or an entire company, you take your responsibility seriously. Things are going well, but you wonder if you're a good boss. It's not always easy to tell. It's not about whether all …

Leadership

Why you need emotional intelligence

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Things Employees Want From Leaders (But Won't Tell Them)

What keeps employees happy isn't always as obvious as it may seem.<p>It's no secret. Employee satisfaction has everything to do with business success. An employee who jumps ship costs your business around 20 percent of his or her salary -- and that's just part of the impact. Workplace productivity, …

Companies Are Bad at Identifying High-Potential Employees

A high-potential employee is usually in the top 5% of employees in an organization. These people are thought to be the organization’s most capable, most motivated, and most likely to ascend to positions of responsibility and power. To help these employees prepare for leadership roles in a …

Leadership

The Creeping Stalinism of Donald Trump

And how Republicans in Washington have allowed themselves to become his apparatchiks.<p>(A version of this column originally appeared on Poynter.org.)<p>The vilifying of the press has gotten so bad that some solace was provided Sunday by <i>The Washington Post</i>, which reported from Abu Dhabi that "Defense …

Journalism

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It’s Not Too Early to Ask: Are Even the Russians Turning on Trump?

Yes, they worked for his victory and yes, they’re glad it isn’t Hillary. But they know bumbling when they see it. And they sure have a dossier on Trump too…<p>Watching Donald Trump’s bizarre 77-minute press conference this week, in which the reality show crank who is also President of the United …

Foreign Policy

Three Ways New EPA Head Scott Pruitt Will Dismantle Environmental Protection

Despite extraordinary backlash, former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has just been named to head the Environmental Protection Agency for the …

Environment

Here's why the 2018 Senate election will be crucial for President Trump and his Democratic foes

In the partisan battle zone that is Washington, there is one conquest that could turn the fight decisively in Republicans’ favor: winning 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.<p>With control of the House, a filibuster-proof Senate majority could empower President Trump and his congressional allies to push …

Elections

If Your Potential Managers Don't Have These 7 Skills, Don't Promote Them

An alarming 82 percent of the time, companies promote the wrong person.<p>According to a 2014 Gallup poll, companies, 82 percent of the time, appoint the wrong person to a management or leadership position. That's a staggering number.<p>And yet it's not inconsistent with either my own experience or other …

Leadership

Trump exchange with black journalist sparks outrage

Many African-Americans are expressing outrage over a testy exchange between President Donald Trump and a veteran black journalist, with many considering the incident to be the latest indication of his inability to relate to them.<p>Already skeptical of Trump, many blacks said they were exasperated by …

Black History

Donald Trump’s disastrous reality show: Master trash-talker turned flailing president searches for a new villain

As Thursday's unhinged performance makes clear, being president is no damn fun, and Donald Trump doesn't like it<p>So President Donald Trump is taking his act on the road again. Apparently being president isn’t nearly as much fun as running for president and he needs to cut loose in front of an …

Donald Trump

The 5 Traits That Define Great Leadership

Great teams are led by great leaders, and great leaders all share traits that are absolutely essential to their ability to lead.<p>Great teams are led by great leaders, and great leaders all share traits that are absolutely essential to their ability to lead. These are the 5 most important traits …

Leadership

Echoing Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, Trump declares western media the “enemy of the people”

US president Donald Trump continued his war against news outlets that don’t write flattering stories about his administration on Friday, declaring nearly all of the country’s major television news outlets enemies of the American people.<p>The tweet was the second with nearly identical wording that …

World History

Is Donald Truly Delusional?

A recent article in <i>US News</i> relates how John Gartner, a psychotherapist at Johns Hopkins University and author of a biography of Bill Clinton, has …

Psychology

'Least racist person' Trump asks black reporter if black caucus are 'friends of yours'

President tells journalist April Ryan to arrange him a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus after she asks about his ‘inner city’ policies<p>Minutes after Donald Trump insisted he was “the least racist person” at a press conference on Thursday, the president asked a black reporter to arrange a …

Racism

The Ethical Triggers We Don't Notice

<i>Ethical decision-making isn’t always as rational as we often think it is. Here’s how subconscious priming can actually make people more ethical.</i><p>Many …

Psychology

How to Masterfully Handle Difficult Co-Workers

Now you can handle that one person in your office that everyone likes to avoid.<p>Lets get right down to it. You want to handle those difficult personalities like a boss? Well, as you read further, you'll notice a theme. It's more about you than that difficult person driving you nuts.<p>I say this …

Emotional Intelligence

Your work friends could be the key to your career success

It is one of the most crucial factors in overall job success<p>Anyone with a close work friend knows there's so much more to it than taking turns on the …

Success

How Companies Like Facebook Use Benefits To Build Millennial Traps

Many businesses are starting to adjust their leave policies to adapt to the ever changing needs of Millennials. This follows the lead that the tech industry has established, improving loyalty and performance by offering in-house perks and flexible time-off policies. As young people start to take …

Leadership

Extroverts And Introverts: How To Make Both Happy At Your Organization

, ADP<p>For years now, the business world has been in love with the open office concept. Organizations have been tearing down walls, doors and cubicles to allow employees to work side-by-side with their co-workers for increased collaboration. This has created buzz in the office. And it has motivated …

Introverts

Trigger These 4 Key Brain Chemicals for Happier Workers

By focusing on employee perks and wellness programs on supporting healthy levels of these chemicals, you'll boost your team's creative energy and keep them happier.<p>When it comes to team motivation, there are myriad of articles out there to help. While many offer great advice -- include providing …

Wellness

What do employees love about work? Professional development tops the list

After all the cards, flowers and chocolates have been consumed and news of engagements spread throughout the office on Valentine's Day, most …

Your brain always has a backup plan

You may not always be consciously considering a Plan B when you're making a decision, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Queen's University researchers have discovered that the human brain's motor neurons will prepare for multiple actions before making a decision. The team learned this by …

The Brain

Big Companies Don’t Pay as Well as They Used To

For much of the 20th century, workers at big companies were paid better than workers at small ones. An employee of a company with more than 500 employees historically earned 30%–50% more than someone doing the same job at a firm with fewer than 25 employees, for instance. But the pay gap between …

Equality

Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

To increase worker performance, employers often invest in a number of things, from rewards and incentives to education and training. These traditional approaches develop employees’ skills and enrich their work experience. But we discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity, one …

Productivity

A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program

The United States has thousands of workforce development and training programs, run by the public, social, and private sectors. Some are excellent; others, not so much. The problem is that we don’t know which are which.<p>That lack of knowledge is costly. According to the Georgetown University Center …

Employment

The Rise of AI Makes Emotional Intelligence More Important

The booming growth of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), like most transformational technologies, is both exciting and scary. It’s exciting to consider all the ways our lives may improve, from managing our calendars to making medical diagnoses, but it’s scary to consider the social …

Artificial Intelligence