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Managing Yourself

5 Unexpected Signs You're Draining Your Own Energy

Posted 06.30.2014 | OWN

Time management doesn't actually help you be more productive or happier, experts say. What do you need instead? Energy management. By Leigh Newman ...

What to Do When Everything Feels Like an Emergency

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Women
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Instead of making an impact, the impact is making you. Soon enough, giving your all feels like you are putting your nose on the grindstone, and you're left feeling unappreciated, unrecognized and unfulfilled.

Our Dangerous Obsession With External Recognition

Daniel Gulati | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Daniel Gulati

Every day, even the most disciplined entrepreneurs, executives and consultants are becoming addicted to the powerful endorphins associated with heightened visibility.

What Would Make You More Satisfied and Productive at Work?

Tony Schwartz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tony Schwartz

Think about your typical workday. How often do you wake up in the morning, excited to get to work? How much time do you spend fighting traffic to get to the office? Do you run from meeting to meeting, with no time in between, as emails pile up unanswered in your inbox?

Praise Entrepreneurs, Not Cubicle Capitalists

Daniel Gulati | Posted 09.21.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Gulati

For all the founders who were ever discarded by the establishment, know that your contribution is valued. My hope? That the tide turns and we begin respecting the very entrepreneurs on which the world is built.

Why You Should 'Slow-Track' Your Career

Daniel Gulati | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Gulati

Quitting early to avoid getting stuck in a rut is smart. But continually shortening your time horizons for career achievement and shirking hard work in the search for immediate silver bullets is a dangerous practice, and may actually limit your long-term outcomes.

5 Steps To Controlling Your Anger

Robert Leahy, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Leahy, Ph.D.

Keep a record of the situations that lead to your anger and your hostility, and try to use these ideas. You might find yourself less angry -- and less anxious -- and the people who care about you will appreciate your progress. You can control your anger rather than let it control you.

How To Really Understand Your Emotions

Andrea Wachter | Posted 05.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

One of the most important aspects of being human is the fact that we have feelings -- all day long. And yet, rarely are we taught healthy ways to cope with them. Who among us learned about coping with emotions in school?

Stop Hanging Around

Daniel Gulati | Posted 04.24.2013 | Business
Daniel Gulati

Most of us -- almost 90 percent at last count -- say we are dissatisfied with our jobs and intend to seek new opportunities. Before thinking about when to quit, it's useful to understand why we won't quit when we know we should.

Your Credentials Are Holding You Back

Daniel Gulati | Posted 04.23.2013 | College
Daniel Gulati

When individuals from even the most traditional backgrounds focus on mastery, rather than accumulated awards, they feel liberated. And when all's said and done, if you still see true value in a credential, then chase it. But let it broaden your professional life instead of bogging you down.

Smartphones, Silly Users

Daniel Gulati | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
Daniel Gulati

As smartphone technology becomes increasingly sophisticated, we can't fool ourselves into thinking that our lives will automatically benefit. Instead of passively falling into costly behavioral traps, actively manage your mobile matters.

The Top 5 Career Regrets (And How To Frame Your Future Success)

Daniel Gulati | Posted 03.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Daniel Gulati

As psychologist Dr. Neal Roese stated, "On average, regret is a helpful emotion." It can even be an inspiring one. But it means that we must recognize our disappointments, understanding that it's our capacity to experience regret deeply, and learn from it to ultimately frame our future success.

The Multitasking Fury

Daniel Gulati | Posted 09.17.2012 | Technology
Daniel Gulati

For the modern professional, multitasking is an immutable part of daily life. Yet 97% of us are hopeless at it. It's a well-cited observation that juggling two or more things at once depletes our health and harms our productivity.

How To (Finally) Quit Your Job

Daniel Gulati | Posted 09.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Gulati

As you wait for the elevator to arrive after another mediocre day at the office, you give yourself an all-too-familiar pep talk. "I'm better than this, and I've completely had it with this job," you tell yourself. "I'm outta here for good."

Embracing Risk in Career Decisions

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.19.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Career decisions need to start not with risks, but creating a prioritized list of "happiness criteria," or aspects that will critically determine your long-term satisfaction.

8 Facts About Anger

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Christy Matta, M.A.

When left unattended, strong emotions can lead to destructive behaviors. Attending to times that you feel hurt, belittled, let down, disrespected, insulted or threatened is key to dealing with the anger that often comes from those experiences.

Breaking Into a New Company

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

For most of us, starting at a new company brings up those same anxieties we felt when starting in a new school as a child. All of a sudden you don't have any friends, you're not sure what you're supposed to do, and it's hard to find the bathroom.

The Inexperience Advantage

Daniel Gulati | Posted 07.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Daniel Gulati

Instead of forging the impression of experience, I'd rather we turn the tables and use our inexperience as an advantage in the organizations we work for and the companies we start. In other words, we need to start playing to our strengths.

Be Proud of Your Accomplishments, Not Your Affiliations

Daniel Gulati | Posted 06.13.2012 | Business
Daniel Gulati

As traditional notions of prestige are fast losing relevancy, we should all focus more on creating real value. If you're lucky enough to have attended a great college or worked for a top company, you have an obligation to turn these affiliations into accomplishments.

Rejection Is Critical for Success

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 06.06.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Rejection often triggers painful emotional doubts about our own competence, so we either try to avoid it or pretend that it doesn't matter. A more constructive approach is to remember that rejection can be beneficial.

Beware of the Everyday Expert

Daniel Gulati | Posted 06.05.2012 | Technology
Daniel Gulati

In the past you had to spend years acquiring specialist skills or knowledge in a particular field to be recognized as an expert. But with the rise of social media, the path to expertise -- or more correctly, perceived expertise -- has shortened dramatically.

Your Career Needs to Be Horizontal

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Most of us have grown up assuming that career success is vertical. We climb the ladder and move from junior positions to senior ones. The problem is that today's work is no longer divided up into small tasks that require higher and higher layers of management to put together.

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.