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  • Leadership lessons from Sully

    Leadership lessons from Sully

    Few people have had their mettle tested as publicly and in such dire circumstances as Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger. It was a decade ago that the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 deployed a life’s worth of leadership lessons when he skillfully ditched his disabled plane in the Hudson River...

  • Business travel's cost to the environment

    Business travel's cost to the environment

    Have you ever wondered what impact your business air travel has on the environment? Each time you fly, harmful greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are released into the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The fastest way to travel is very damaging to the environment. Fortunately, there are ways...

  • Stop asking me for free help

    Stop asking me for free help

    There’s been a big change in my inbox over the last decade and I bet you’ve noticed it as well. Every day I receive messages from people asking me to do something for them for free. Ninety-nine percent of them are strangers I’ve never heard of. Some of them get straight to the point. “I want to...

  • How to make conversations matter

    How to make conversations matter

    Conversations help us navigate our day. We sometimes start to think of workplace conversations as something to get through, but talking to others is how we get what we want, whether it’s insight into a market’s growth or feedback on a project. A conversation is a meeting of two minds, and a strong...

  • Guess which makes you happier, money or time?

    Guess which makes you happier, money or time?

    Imagine you have two choices on how to proceed in your career: You can sign on to a high-profile, high-stress project that will result in long hours but greater earnings, or you can stick with a less prestigious career track and make less money but have a much more humane schedule. For many the...

  • Get rid of the Ping-Pong table and get to work

    Get rid of the Ping-Pong table and get to work

    It seems we’re reaching the end of the Ping-Pong and pool table period. It couldn’t come soon enough for me. Something just feels different these days, and maybe that’s the need to hunker down a bit and take the task of “taking care of business” a lot more seriously. Let’s dial back leisure in...

  • Anger at the office might really be depression symptom

    Anger at the office might really be depression symptom

    It happens in every office. One co-worker yells at another, a colleague hurls his coffee mug against the wall, or a team member makes vicious remarks about others. There simply are rude jerks in every office, right? Not necessarily, according to psychologists. In a story for National Public Radio,...

  • Breast-milk shipping and caregiver travel: How companies help parents

    Breast-milk shipping and caregiver travel: How companies help parents

    Want to keep your employees who have recently had children? A nice perk or two can go a long way. Companies across a variety of industries are offering working parents generous benefits such as discounts on cribs and free breast milk shipping for mothers on business trips. One of the drivers of...

  • How to deal with an impossible colleague

    How to deal with an impossible colleague

    People have friction with their colleagues. It happens even at great places to work. Variations in personalities, working styles, cultural norms and emotional intelligence always exist. As a result, there will frequently be differences of opinions and conflicts. In fact, in order to create a healthy...

  • Great leaders do these things

    Great leaders do these things

    Whether you’re the CEO of a large corporation or in startup mode, the success of your company depends on your ability to lead. Leadership skills can be inherent, but they also can be learned and honed. Although the ability to be a good leader is an innate skill many of us possess, it needs to be...

  • Meetings are terrible; here's how to fix them

    Meetings are terrible; here's how to fix them

    The common reaction to the modern business meeting is eyes glazing over and frustration at productivity being lost. In fact, research from MIT Sloan Management found the average employee spends about six hours weekly in scheduled meetings, while senior managers spend as much as 23 hours of their...

  • Working moms still face biases

    Working moms still face biases

    When you’re sitting across from a female job applicant and she reveals that she has young children, does that in any way influence your decision to hire her? Do you believe that, because she’s a mother, she’ll give less effort to her job than a father would? I don’t, but apparently other employers...

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