What Does “Character” Even Mean?
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What Does “Character” Even Mean?

What Does “Character” Even Mean?

by Christian B. Miller Consider some famous names from the business world in recent years. Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Bernie Ebbers. What do they all have in common? One thing is that they each demonstrated a tremendous failure of character. They acted viciously with no signs of a moral compass, and as a result, they … Read More

Should bosses and employees friend each other on Facebook?
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Should bosses and employees friend each other on Facebook?

Should bosses and employees friend each other on Facebook?

InformedDebate from The Costo Connection Bosses and their employees see each other every day at work and may even see each other as friends. But should they friend each other on Facebook as well? Some say yes, if you know how to set up some online restrictions. Others argue that it’s inappropriate on Facebook because … Read More

How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your Work
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How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your Work

How Positive Thinking Builds Your Skills, Boosts Your Health, and Improves Your Work

by James Clear Positive thinking isn’t just a soft and fluffy feel–good term. Yes, it’s great to simply “be happy,” but those moments of happiness are also critical for opening your mind to explore and build the skills that become so valuable in other areas of your life. Finding ways to build happiness and positive … Read More

4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees
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4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees

4 Ways to Get Honest, Critical Feedback from Your Employees

by Ron Carucci I recently observed a town hall meeting where a new leader had just been promoted to run his division.  In his introductory remarks, many – including me – were struck by his declaration, “One of the things you’ll find is that I’m very self-aware and open to feedback.” Even from the side … Read More

Say Nice Things About Your Coworkers Whenever You Can
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Say Nice Things About Your Coworkers Whenever You Can

Say Nice Things About Your Coworkers Whenever You Can

Adapted from “The Benefits of Saying Nice Things About Your Colleagues,” by Jane E. Dutton and Julia Lee Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly given small opportunities to build up or put down our coworkers. If we’re introducing two colleagues, telling a story about how a meeting went, or sharing a colleague’s … Read More

To Keep Your Employees Engaged, Be Curious and Challenging
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To Keep Your Employees Engaged, Be Curious and Challenging

To Keep Your Employees Engaged, Be Curious and Challenging

Adapted from “How to Make Work More Meaningful for Your Team,” by Lewis Garrad and Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic Leaders play a significant role in helping employees understand why their jobs matter, but it’s not just about connecting their work to a larger purpose. You can also do it by demonstrating curiosity: Explore, ask questions, and engage … Read More

Why Leaders Should Make a Habit of Teaching
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Why Leaders Should Make a Habit of Teaching

Why Leaders Should Make a Habit of Teaching

by Sarah Green Carmichael Every industry has leaders who see themselves not just as managers, but as teachers. And new research shows that approach strengthens not only the manager-employee bond, but also employee performance. Sydney Finkelstein, a professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, encourages leaders to approach their direct reports … Read More

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things
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How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

How to Ask Your Boss for Time to Learn New Things

by Rachael O’Meara We all want to learn and grow. Improving our skills and being exposed to new ideas not only makes us better at our jobs but makes us happier and more engaged at work. But with a full-time job, it can be tough to find the time and resources to dedicate to personal … Read More

Emailing While You’re on Vacation Is a Quick Way to Ruin Company Culture
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Emailing While You’re on Vacation Is a Quick Way to Ruin Company Culture

Emailing While You’re on Vacation Is a Quick Way to Ruin Company Culture

by Kate Denis Companies expend untold energy building culture—defining their values, revamping their office space, organizing holiday parties and volunteer outings. And yet many managers don’t seem to realize that while company culture can be really hard to build, it’s incredibly easy to destroy. And you may unknowingly ruin it in just two steps. Step … Read More