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Work-Life Balance Beats Work-Life Blend, According to New Google Research | Inc.com

Thanks to tech progress and economic pressures, people across the developed world are increasingly struggling to balance their work and personal lives. But while everyone is feeling their time squeezed, not everyone is responding in the same way.<p>Over here in Europe, there's a trend recently to pass …

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A CEO’s Personality Can Undermine Succession Planning

Once upon a time, there was an enlightened organizational leader who spoke candidly about his upcoming retirement. “I am afraid about the next phase of my life” he would say, continuing “I’m not sure what my life is or will be without my job, without my career. How will I spend my time? How will I …

Research: We Drop People Who Give Us Critical Feedback

Think about the people at work who are part of your network — the individuals who help you improve your performance or provide you with emotional support when you are going through a tough spell. If you’re like most people, the colleagues who come to mind are those you get along with and who have a …

Quit Your Job

The surprising benefits of taking your 20s to use the labor market as a laboratory, rather than commit to the first company that happens to hire you<p>My friends sometimes approach me with career anxieties, under the false impression that writing about economics makes somebody a good career advisor. …

The Best-Performing CEOs in the World

The knock on most business leaders is that they don’t take the long view—that they’re fixated on achieving short-term goals to lift their pay. So which global CEOs actually delivered solid results over the long run? Our 2014 list of top performers provides an objective answer.<p>Adi Ignatius<p>A few …

If You’re Doing Well at Work, Thank Your Conscientious Spouse

For both men and women, a conscientious spouse has a <b>positive impact</b> on income, promotions, and job satisfaction, according to a study of more than 4,000 people by Brittany C. Solomon and Joshua J. Jackson of Washington University. For example, people with extremely conscientious spouses are <b>50% more</b> …

Robin Williams, An Avid Gamer, To Be Remembered In World Of Warcraft

Robin Williams, the late comedic actor who died earlier this week, was well-known for his offbeat characters and devotion to acting on stage, screen and TV. But to the video game community, he was also known as an obsessive fan and shameless advocate of video games.<p>Among the games he played was …

We Need a New Approach to Solve the Innovation Talent Gap

My brother-in-law, Joel Murphy, and his brother Erik run a family business called Murphy & Associates in Seattle. It’s an IT and business consulting staffing business that: (a) recruits top programmers and program managers; (b) identifies key projects at large tech companies; and (c) makes a match. …

Motivation as a Leadership Competency: 3 Ways to Get Started

The great motivation debate among business leaders has been whether motivation is a trait we are born with or a skill that can be developed. …

Nine Warning Signs of a Failing Employee

“I’m sorry, we need to let you go.”<p>Oomph! Those words feel like a punch to the gut of the employee on the receiving end, and for the leader …

Back to School – 5 Stress Reducing Tips

I liken this time of year to that of the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in the United States. With kids going back to school and families ending …

Forget Accountability – Follow These 5 Steps Instead

I don’t like the word <i>accountability</i>. It’s always rubbed me the wrong way for some reason. I think it’s because it assumes the worst about people. …

What Inspiring Leaders Do

What do top executives want from their leaders? IBM recently asked this question of 1,700 CEOs in 64 countries. The three leadership traits that most mattered were the ability to focus intensely on customer needs, the ability to collaborate with colleagues — and the ability to inspire.<p>Our own …

The 7 Ways Successful People Approach Their Work

When it comes to work, everyone has their own methods for getting tasks done.<p>But it turns out that the most successful people tend to have similar habits.<p>Or, so says Laura Vanderkam, author of a new mini e-book, “What the Most Successful People Do at Work.” (The e-book is the third in a series, …

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Don’t Wait for Change

You probably can think of something in your company that should change. We all can — but often look the other way. There are plenty of good reasons for inaction: It’s not my responsibility, I have lots of other things to do, someone might get angry at me for stepping on their turf. While we value …

Prepare Your Brain for Change

Change Management Is Bigger Than Leadership

If an organization needs to undergo significant change, that’s a leadership issue, right? Old dogs will learn new tricks when the lead dog — or ape, or penguin, depending on the management fable of the moment — shows them off. Leaders need to craft compelling elevator speeches, relentlessly deliver …

Seven Rules for Managing Creative-But-Difficult People

Moody, erratic, eccentric, and arrogant? Perhaps — but you can’t just get rid of them. In fact, unless you learn to get the best out of your creative employees, you will sooner or later end up filing for bankruptcy. Conversely, if you just hire and promote people who are friendly and easy to …

US-listed companies doing business in Iran: $540 million in revenue and counting

Economic sanctions on Iran have been getting tougher in recent years, and the United States tightened the screws a little more last summer with the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act (PDF).<p>One unusual aspect of that law is that it started requiring companies traded on US stock …