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Why Giving Everyone a Trophy Sets Us Up for Failure at Work and in Life

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 09.13.2014 | Business
Lisa Earle McLeod

We need to be able to tell people the truth, be they colleagues or kids. Building self-esteem isn't about pretending that people are winners at everything. It's about providing people with the internal fortitude to rebound when they fail. It's about nurturing their souls and developing their character.

Grip the Wheel and Take a Chance at Work

Lisa M. Sodeika | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Lisa M. Sodeika

When was the last time you applied for a new job, volunteered for a special assignment, or said "yes" to a new project, a stretch beyond your current work role?

The Magnification Effect: Minimizing Your Hidden Cost as an Executive or Manager

Edward Muzio | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

This amusing (or depressing) anecdote is more than just a reminder to proofread your emails. It's a case study in the magnification effect of senior leadership.

Loving Your Job: Are You a Starter, Builder, Fixer, or Runner?

David Peck | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business
David Peck

Look back on the happiest times in your career or life, and the least happy times, and you will see your own pattern.

Overwhelmed, Overworked and Wearing Too Many Hats: Use This 5-Step Plan to Avert Total Burnout

Julie Niehoff | Posted 09.07.2014 | Small Business
Julie Niehoff

We've all been there. Running your own company or working as part of a team, it is the result of taking on too much. You were hesitant to say no and failed to delegate. Now you're on the verge of burnout even if you once loved your work.

All Your Employee Needs Is Love

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 09.05.2014 | Business
Chloe Sharfin

Employees, just like any other stakeholder group, have expectations for companies -- and particularly for those that employ them.

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.06.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

Leaders need to make an effort to learn from scientists and scientists have a responsibility to communicate with leaders. In the modern, complex, technology-laden world we live in, there is no excuse for scientific illiteracy.

Germany Adopts the World's Best Minimum Wage

Larry Cohen | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

If Merkel and her Christian Democratic party can help lead this effort in Germany, and with real results, what accounts for the 19th century U.S. framework of free markets, free trade, elimination of collective bargaining, and the destruction of economic opportunity for all but a few Americans?

How to Manage Unmanageable Employees

Anne Loehr | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Anne Loehr

As a manager, you have to work with diverse personae on an even closer level. And let's face it, some of those characters are difficult to deal with. Some may even seem, ahem, unmanageable.

To Err Is Human, to Make Mistakes Is Divine

Kathleen Long | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Kathleen Long

I'd connect with people, prove my character and have meaningful conversations around what I did wrong. I make mistakes a lot, and not all of them are funny, but they are all incredible opportunities. My goal is to create a layer of transparency and openness about them with others.

Resist the Rescue!

Nora T. Akins | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Some managers, especially those new to the role believe they need to know everything. They see themselves as the answer-man or the go-to-person. This thinking unnecessarily reduces one's confidence and works against the role of manager, coach or leader.

Why Connecting Is Superior

Chris Deaver | Posted 08.26.2014 | Business
Chris Deaver

Given this 24/7 access to infinite information, why do most people still think success is all about being the smartest person in the room? You're meant for so much more.

Taming Your Inner Control Freak: Why Letting Go Can Help You Stay in Control

Susan Steinbrecher | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Susan Steinbrecher

In business -- just as in life, we have to accept that there are going to be some things that we do not have control over. But our attitudes, emotions and behaviors -- these are the things that we can influence.

IDC Chief Research Officer: CIOs Must Embrace The Third Platform

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

I recently spoke with Crawford Del Prete, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Products and Chief Research Officer at IDC about digital business tran...

5 Ways to Let Go of Perfectionism and Still Excel at Anything

Vee Somphon | Posted 08.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Vee Somphon

You don't have to play team sports to know that winning is the biggest high, and if you love chasing after it, some experts might call that an addiction. That addiction has a name, and its name is perfectionism.

Can Business Leaders Activate These Dormant Capacities?

Douglas LaBier | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Douglas LaBier

In a business environment where surveys find 70% of employees saying they hate their work; and in which the demographics of leaders and employees are rapidly changing, it's no surprise to hear -- as a senior executive asked me, recently -- "How can I prepare for what I can't prepare for?"

Since I Never Heard Back From You

Erin Donley | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Erin Donley

Anger is one of the easiest emotions to access. Some of us even look for an excuse to go there. "Since I never heard back" gives people permission to beat themselves up and unleash their silent rage.

Unexpected Lessons From the Tortured Artist in Room #5

Deirdre Maloney | Posted 08.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Deirdre Maloney

Learn from the guy -- from his self-awareness, his willingness to move on, and his ability to make his life better by finding support, creating something, and learning from others. Channel the parts of Van Gogh that work for you and create an even better story for yourself because of it.

How Messaging Apps Are Changing the Way Businesses Connect With Customers

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.22.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

The modern era in many ways has been defined by the one to many movement, ushered in by radio, broadcast television, and then finally the Internet. With the advent of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, this power of one to many was extended to the masses.

Expert Advice: The Most Important Hire For CIOs

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.20.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

Ultimately, great IT organizations are leading from the edge, reducing the distance from corporate IT and external customers. Hinchcliffe leaves us with this closing thought: Digital business transformation means data; data is the golden rule and he who has the data makes the rules.

The Challenge of Moving From Peer to Leader

Bruce Tulgan | Posted 08.19.2014 | Business
Bruce Tulgan

If you are taking over a team on which you have been a member, it is very likely that you may have formed some friendships in the course of working together. Sometimes the friendship predates the working relationship.

Managing the State Department

Tom Fox | Posted 08.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

Heather Higginbottom is deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department. She previously served as deputy director of the Office ...

White House and FCC CIOs: Think Like A Startup

Vala Afshar | Posted 08.17.2014 | Technology
Vala Afshar

"Renewing an organization from the inside takes 'intrapreneurs'. - Dr. David Bray I had the extraordinary privilege to conduct a live and in person...

Deep Responsibility

Richard Koch | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

I don't know why, but we have a fascination with courtroom drama, ranging from reality TV in South Africa to Perry Mason who never lost a case. But t...

Bring Your Brain to Work

Edward Muzio | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

My wife, my infant son, and I arrived at the boarding door, baby in arm and bags in hand. That's when we found ourselves caught in an example of one of the biggest workplace problems of our time.