Bob Ryan

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Instead of Work-Life Balance, Try Focusing on Boundaries

People talk about work-life balance as if achieving it is the precious key to happiness. Tips and tricks abound. But there are two big problems with …

Work-life Balance

Hate Your Job? Here's What It's Costing You

If you hate your job, chances are you hate your life. And you're not alone: anywhere from 20% to 40% of people report hating their job. That's a cringe-worthy number. Although there are a number of reasons that we choose to stay at jobs we hate--we need the salary, the job market is weak, we don't …

Job Satisfaction

How U.S. Army Basic Training Turns Diverse Groups into Teams

We know that diverse teams are more creative and productive than homogenous teams, but how do you get individuals who aren’t alike working together smoothly? As I’ve seen from teaching over 960 recruits as a basic-training company commander in the U.S. Army, people from various backgrounds struggle …

U.S. Army

The Right Way to Cut People Off in Meetings

You’ve spent hours preparing for the meeting. The objectives are clear. The agenda is tight. Relevant material was distributed to attendees in advance. Smartphones are put away, and your team seems focused and ready to work.<p>The conversation begins, but after 10 minutes of good discussion on the …

Jellyfish

Growing Up Wealthy Makes Leaders More Narcissistic

How does income inequality — currently at historically high levels — affect the types of leaders we get in the workplace? As a first step toward exploring that question, we carried out a study exploring how parental income while people are growing up relates to their leadership behaviors as adults. …

Leadership

Research: We Are Way Harder on Female Leaders Who Make Bad Calls

Tech CEO Marissa Mayer and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have it tough right now. Activists investors are saying Marissa Mayer should be fired for mismanaging Yahoo, and Hillary Clinton is fending off criticisms for her use of a private email server and for taking large speaking fees from …

Marissa Mayer

Workplace Learning Falls Short of Its Potential

Walk down any city block, and chances are high you’ll see at least one person looking down at their phone. In fact, it’s a certainty.<p>Technology has …

Learning

Why The Work From Home Trend Is About To Explode

My mom does her work from home. She went back to school close to a decade ago so she could become a medical coder, and here she is today logging in hours from our dining room with our dogs at her feet.<p>I say this because I'm also a telecommuter--more specifically I'm a digital nomad. I'm travelling …

Human Resources

The Creative Workplace explores the spaces where bright ideas grow

When it came to the ideal creative workplace, we previously imagined a happy communion of the personal and the professional that challenged, ignited and engaged our curiosity (see W*173). Kindling a radical type of office design, Silicon Valley’s freethinkers have conjured veritable Wonderlands of …

Human Resources

If You’re Not Helping Employees Learn, You’re Not Doing Your Job

When Frederick Taylor published his pioneering principles of scientific management in 1912, the repetitive and mundane nature of most jobs required employees to think as little as possible. Breaking down each task into basic components and standardizing workers’ behaviors to eliminate choice and …

Learning

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Minimum Effective Dose of Learning - Sam Rogers

Maximum benefit, minimum side effects, costs, etc.<p>When it comes to business, the more time employees spend working — the better!<p>As those of us in …

Learning

Philips Builds A Productivity-Boosting Light Canopy For Its HQ

To improve its dreary 1950s office, Philips teamed up with Lava Architects to put its products to use.<p>The designers at Philips Lighting, maker of the multi-colored Hue smart bulbs among other glowing and shining products, know that there's a link between productivity, happiness, and workplace …

Architecture

Bill Gates, Warren Buffett And Oprah All Use The 5-Hour Rule

Top business leaders often spend five hours per week doing deliberate learning.<p>In the article "Malcolm Gladwell got us wrong", the researchers behind the 10,000-hour rule set the record straight: different fields require different amounts of deliberate practice in order to become world class.<p>If …

Bill Gates

Cinnamon adds some spice to learning

If you have trouble learning, you might want to try eating more cinnamon. That's according to new research from Dr. Kalipada Pahan, a neuroscientist …

Learning

70:20:10 – Experience, Exposure and Education - e-Learning Feeds

How do we learn? When do we learn? And why? Why do organisations need their people to learn? And what do they want them to learn? Where? How often? …

The One Quality That Makes a Truly Great Leader

And a great business<p><i>The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> <i>questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question</i><i>: What quality does every great leader have in common?</i> <i>is written</i> …

Leadership

11 signs you're a stellar employee (even if it doesn't feel like it)

Most people don't want to get cocky. That's why it can be difficult to identify yourself as a standout worker.<p>Of course, you don't want to be arrogant, but it's also important to know your worth. Requesting feedback is a good idea, but, depending on your circumstances and your boss's managerial …

Design

How to Break Your Addiction to Work

For many of us, working simply feels good. But just because it feeds your ego or makes you feel important, that doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you. How do you break the cycle of working long hours at the office and constantly checking email at home? How do you persuade those around you — …

Mindfulness

The Only Person Who Can Motivate You at Work

Think deeply.<p><i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: “How do you stay motivated?” is written by Shannon Schuyler, chief purpose officer at PwC Charitable Foundation.</i><p>I was …

Motivation

Five Mindset Traits of Disruptive Digital Leaders

Two types of CEO mindsets are emerging as the business world shifts to be more influenced by digital business. On one side is the incumbent …

Leadership

Duolingo’s new flashcard app makes learning any subject fun — even math

It can be difficult to learn new things, whether it be a new language, math, or how to use a certain new technology. Of course, there are many great …

Learning

Does Gamification Education Really Improve Learning?

It seems that every app you come across these days integrates gamification to some level. And that’s fine for fitness trackers or personal finance …

Gamification

4 Ways Your Office Is Crushing Your Creativity

Two-thirds of employees believe that they work in spaces that stifle creativity and innovation, a Gensler survey finds.<p>Is your office stifling your creativity? A recent survey, conducted by the global architecture firm Gensler, suggests as much. The good news: You can do something about it.<p>The …

Human Resources

The Tricks To Hiring and Managing a Virtual Workforce

As a CEO with a predominantly virtual team, I've learned a few things over the years that may just help<p>As a business I operate predominantly virtually with my team, even those that are in my own city. The reason? There's no point in forcing them to be in the office when they have, say, to be at …

Management

5 Changes Managers Can Make to Improve Workplace Efficiency

A few small tweaks here and there can vastly improve workplace efficiency.<p><i>Jason Shah is the founder and CEO of Do, a collaboration platform that helps you run productive meetings.</i><p>Workplace efficiency is a bit of an art form -- treat every employee in exactly the same way at the same time, and …

Human Resources

5 Deadly Hiring Mistakes You Need to Avoid (Especially Entrepreneurs)

There are numerous oversights that can making a successful hiring process impossible. Be sure these are on your radar.<p>Hiring quickly is a temptation many entrepreneurs are all too aware of. The sooner they can fill the seats, the sooner they can get things going. The problem is it's all too easy to …

Startups

Emotional Intelligence as a Leadership Predictor

Everyone is familiar with the term 'intelligence quotient' or IQ as a measure of intelligence. However, is it the best predictor of success especially as a leader? There is another level of intelligence that is viewed equally, if not more importantly, as a measure of potential leadership success …

Leadership

How to Recharge if You're Losing Motivation

It’s all in your control.<p><i>The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: “How do you stay motivated?” is written by Sally Blount, dean of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of</i> …

Motivation

Evernote blog: Evernote Makes My Life Better

I was fed up with trawling through paper notebooks, which were typically abandoned halfway through because of the scribbled chaos and overwhelming …

Moleskine