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Managing Yourself

Break Through Your Mental Bureaucracy

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.06.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Most dysfunctional compartmentalization is unconscious. We don't intentionally act differently in different settings or try to pigeonhole people. But the bad news is it happens all the same.

Diversify Your Dreams

Daniel Gulati | Posted 05.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Gulati

If you ever want to lie awake at night, go ahead and think about your "one thing" -- the one thing you were born to do, the one career you were built to succeed at and the one person you were destined to spend the rest of your life with.

Make a Good Impression in 30 Seconds

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Mini-impressions do count. And although you never get a second chance to make a first impression, you do get many chances to make the next impression.

Learn to Trust Your Gut

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.07.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Most of us are programmed from an early age to defer to authority even if we don't understand or agree with the instructions. So how can you counter your conditioning and question authority? Here are some ways to start.

You Can't Do It All by Yourself

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 04.03.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

In my experience, there are plenty of people who prefer to work on their own without input, help or even interaction with others. Sometimes it's appropriate, however, most of the time, working in isolation just doesn't work.

You're Probably a Micromanager

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

While many people complain about being micromanaged, very few think of themselves as micromanagers. But if nobody is a micromanager, then who is doing all the micromanaging?

Chronically Overworked? How To Cope

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 12.24.2011 | Healthy Living
Ron Ashkenas

A large study last year of 6000 British civil servants showed that those who regularly worked over 10 hours per day were 60 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease.

Why Working Vacations Are A Good Idea

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 11.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Ron Ashkenas

We need to accept the fact that the sharp demarcation between work and home is a thing of the past, and that the new normal is a life that integrates home and work more seamlessly.

When Managing Complexity, Less Is More

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.07.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

All of us have a tendency to take on additional work, lose focus, and feel overloaded -- whether we work in the C-suite, at a desk, or on a shop floor. The key is not to repeat that pattern by adding more work.

Is Your Calendar Managing You?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

In my years of consulting, I've found that there is a disconnect between stated priorities and the actual allocation of managerial time, and often happens without the manager even realizing it.

How Trivial Decisions Will Impact Your Happiness

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

How do you think about the tradeoffs between personal and professional success?

Add an Hour to Your Day

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Review What would you do with an extra hour? Sounds like the plot device of a romantic comedy -- but in truth it'...

When Is Your Midterm Election?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Like an electoral cycle, corporate rhythms are important for the organization to periodically and regularly push the reset button.

Obama and the High Cost of High Expectations

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online There's an old saying that putting someone on a pedestal makes it a lot easier to get kicked in the head. ...

Learning to Inspire Yourself

Anthony Tjan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

This guest post was written by Tsun-yan Hsieh. Early in my consulting career, the late Marvin Bower, one of the early pioneers and legends in managem...

Labor Day: Beyond the Barbecue

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Remember that labor hasn't become easier, it's just changing. Just because a majority of workers are no longer unionized, blue-collar, manual laborers, doesn't mean that they don't work hard.

Is Your Organization's Culture Too Nice?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The tendency to avoid conflict in organizations creates disconnects between business units, unnecessary revisions in project plans, and lower standards of performance

Are You the Victim of an Invisible Promotion?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

The "invisible promotion," where the job title and description stay the same but the responsibilities significantly expand.