June 2017

  • If You Want To Motivate Your Employees, Stop Trusting Your Instincts

    If you want to motivate employees, stop following your instincts and adopt a data-driven approach. In other words, approach motivation as a science rather than as an art, not least because very few individuals, including managers, are naturally good at motivating people. This process starts by acknowledging the flaws of common motivational practices and challenging their underlying myths with actual evidence.

  • Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It

    Hundreds of studies have shown the positive effects that come from possessing self-discipline. For instance, people with higher levels of self-control eat healthier, are less likely to engage in substance abuse, perform better at school, and build high-quality friendships. At work, leaders with higher levels of self-control display more effective leadership styles – they are more likely to inspire and intellectually challenge their followers, instead of being abusive or micromanaging.

  • How to Prepare the Next Generation for Jobs in the AI Economy

    Most of us regard self-driving cars, voice assistants, and other artificially intelligent technologies as revolutionary. For the next generation, however, these wonders will have always existed. AI for them will be more than a tool; in many cases, AI will be their co-worker and a ubiquitous part of their lives.

  • Financial Wellness Part 2: A Focus on Personal Planning

    The Society of Actuaries recently published a collection of essays on financial wellness. Overall, the essays focus on ideas and suggestions to improve financial wellness through better planning and personal financial management. These ideas are important to employers who may decide to offer employees planning support through software and/or individual advisers. This blog post shares ideas from the essays discussing personal planning considerations and provides my perspective on these issues.