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November 26th, 2015

Showing Appreciation at the Office? No, Thanks

Expecting a big thank-you at work this week? Don't hold your breath recommends Sue Shellenbarger at the​ Wall Street Journal​​. According to a survey of 2,007 people for the John Templeton Foundation, only 10% of adults say thanks to a colleague every day, while just 7% express gratitude...

June 14th, 2013

Just Look Me in the Eye Already

Eye contact can be a tool for influencing others. Adults make eye contact between 30% and 60% of the time in an average conversation, but a new report says they should be making eye contact 60% to 70% of the time to create a sense of emotional connection. Read more in this WSJ article by...

January 1st, 2013

How Busy Colleagues Spread Secondhand Stress

Every office has (at least) one—a colleague who is always walking fast, finishing other people's sentences and racing from meeting to meeting while fielding email, texts and voice mail on multiple devices. Sue Shellenbarger reports about how such busyness causes office stress—and can also...

December 4th, 2012

Must-Have Job Skills in 2013

In this Wall Street Journal article, Ruth Mantell lists the top four job skills for those seeking a promotion or a new job in the coming year. Number one on the list is the ability to communicate well. She offers specifics about verbal and written communication, and practical advice about...

Channel(s): Job Search Strategies
August 24th, 2012

More Firms Bow to Generation Y's Demands

To Retain Young Workers, Companies Offer Special Incentives; Some Older Employees Cry Foul To Retain Young Workers, Companies Offer Special Incentives; Some Older Employees Cry FoulIn a Wall Street Journal article, Leslie Kwoh describes how companies are adapting to the demands of...

Channel(s): Workplace Culture
August 24th, 2012

Are You a Hero or a Bystander?

We all wonder how we would react in an emergency. Would we risk our lives to help someone in danger?  Research in recent years has shed light on the qualities and attitudes that distinguish heroes from the rest of us. Read this article in the Wall Street Journal by Sue Shellenbarger. Do you...

Channel(s): Leadership: Workplace
February 7th, 2012

Speaking Up Is Hard to Do

Scientists at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute offer an explanation as to why many people seem to become less intelligent in small-group settings--temporarily losing their problem-solving ability and what the researchers call "expression of IQ."  Read the article by Elizabeth...

September 29th, 2011

Dose of Humility With a Harvard MBA

by Melissa Korn When you take the reins as a leader, "you start suddenly believing that your words are more important than everybody else's," says Dr. Nitin Nohria, dean of the Harvard Business School. In this interview with WSJ reporters, he talks about making ethics a centerpiece of...

Channel(s): Leadership: Workplace
September 28th, 2011

Better Ideas Through Failure

Is it safe to fail in your company? This challenging WSJ article reports that that failure, and how how companies deal with it, is a key component to innovation.