Developing a Strategy for a Life of Meaningful Labor
September 22 | Brian Fetherstonhaugh | Comments (0)
On Labor Day, Americans celebrate the value of work, community, and the activists who earned the rights and protections that U.S. employees enjoy today. But as Americans — and people everywhere — look ahead to a world of constant disruption, they will undoubtedly see both opportunity and uncertainty. All of us need a new way of thinking about work and taking personal responsibility for our careers, which last 45 years and beyond.
The Hidden Benefits of Short-Term Business Travel
September 21 | Andy Molinsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Brandeis International Business School | Comments (0)
Despite the inherent fatigue and the surface appearance of monotony, business travel can be more than just getting work done in a new location. Yes, it can be exhausting — both physically and emotionally. But it can also be stimulating — so much so that some people return from business trips energized with a new set of knowledge and a different perspective on their work.
Playing Office Politics Without Selling Your Soul
September 21 | Rob Kaiser, President, Kaiser Leadership Solutions | Comments (0)
Politics is a dirty word. But office politics are unavoidable; as Aristotle noted, “man is by nature a political animal.” Whether you participate in them or not, politics have a big influence on what happens to you, your projects, and your team, so it’s hard to be indifferent to them.
The Most Overused Negotiating Tactic Is Threatening to Walk Away
September 21 | Jay A. Hewlin | Comments (0)
Professional negotiators and researchers alike hail the BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement, or “walk away” outcome) as a negotiator’s primary source of relative power. But relying on even the best of alternatives as leverage can be tricky business.
Maximize Your Learning in Short-Term Assignments
September 15 | John Coleman, Author | Comments (0)
The number of short-term assignments in companies has been increasing, and the trend is expected to continue. Within large corporations, secondments, short-term transfers, and functional or geographic management rotation programs often thrust full-time employees into short-term jobs. Many companies employ temps or interns to supplement those working full-time. Even consultants may engage with a client for a period of weeks or months.
Learning How to Collaborate When You’re Self-Employed
September 15 | Dorie Clark, Strategy Consultant | Comments (0)
When you work for a corporation, you often find yourself collaborating with others as part of your job — when you’re assigned to a new project team, for instance. But when you’re self-employed, collaboration becomes a choice. Working closely with others can open up new opportunities for success and personal fulfillment, but when done wrong, it can damage your relationships and your reputation. Here are five questions to ask yourself in order to determine when collaboration is worthwhile.
5 Ways to Focus at Work, from an Executive Who’s Struggled with ADHD
September 10 | Jack Kosakowski | Comments (0)
By nature, I’m messy and disorganized — and my mind can be too. I have trouble sustaining attention on just about anything. In grade school, this meant I didn’t do well in classes. In college, it meant that I largely blew them off and spent most of my time partying. (When you’re at a party, no one expects you to focus.) After college, I was diagnosed with ADHD, as 11% of kids are these days.