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You Really Can Work Longer Hours Without Killing Your Productivity

So you think you’ve got it bad? According to a paper by Stanford economics professor John Pencavel, which The Economic Journal published online, back in World War I, the workweek stretched anywhere from 60 to 100 hours, to meet the demand for war-related materials. (Here is a pdf of a longer ... Read & React

Every challenge holds your next promotion—face it. Every challenge contains a hidden treasure—find it. Every challenge has the power to make you a leader—embrace it. Miguel Joey Aviles, Defense Civilian Emerging Leader Program

How to Predict Personal Wealth

by Lucia Graves

Just as weight, nutrition, and exercise can give you an idea of someone's physical health, a few basic personal characteristics can predict financial well-being with surprising accuracy. Among them: ... Read & React

If I Were 22

by Katherine Archuleta Director of the Office of Personnel Management

A funny thing happens when you’re 22. You dream big. You work hard. You charge forward. But you are not so sure where you are going.  At 22, I had just graduated from college and had started teaching pre-K in an inner city school in Denver. My ambition was to be a great teacher. I thought that ... Read & React

The Myth of the Brain Game

In Phaedrus, Plato's 2,400-year-old set of dialogues, Socrates narrates a conversation between the King of Egypt, Thamus, and a god, Theuth. Theuth had invented various fields of learning, including arithmetic, astronomy, geometry, and writing, and he wanted the king to share them with his people. ... Read & React

Scientists Say They Have Found a Cure for Fear

by Sonali Kohli

If love can’t conquer all, at least now there’s hope that it conquers fear. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany found that doses of oxytocin can help eliminate fear. The hormone bonds to the amygdala (the emotional center of the brain) and parts of the prefrontal cortex. In addition ... Read & React

How Much Sleep Do Americans Trade for Work?

Among my Type A, career-minded friends, I've heard two opposing types of personal mantras for the amount of sleep a person should get. The first: 8 hours of sleep will help you be more awake and aware, and then you can work harder. The second: Sleep is for losers. The American Time Use Survey(ATUS) ... Read & React

The 10 Tell-Tale Signs Your Boss Doesn’t Like You

by Bernard Marr

Does your boss really like you? While it’s true that you don’t have to be bosom buddies with your boss in order to do your job, it certainly makes things a lot more difficult if there’s some personal dislike between you and your superiors. But how can you tell if you’re really disliked, or if ... Read & React

First Reflect, Then Project

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

We’re very close to the time of year when people start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. There’s just something about that blank calendar (or at least more blank than your end of 2014 calendar) that makes hope spring forth that the coming year will be different in the ways that matter most. ... Read & React

Bringing Out the Best in the Executive Ranks

Last week, President Obama and several agency heads spoke at a meeting of senior executives in Washington. The event helped frame why executive leadership remains a critical core of federal workforce productivity and effectiveness, and the president introduced several initiatives intended to ... Read & React

Leaders Behaving Badly

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

You don’t have to look very hard in any given week to find examples of leaders behaving badly. This week had a couple of doozies. First, we had the story of Heather Cho, the vice president of in-flight customer service for Korean Air. She was traveling on her own airline and as her plane from ... Read & React

Avoid Getting Caught in the Quagmire of Key Performance Indicators

Does your organization need some key performance indicators? Do not worry. To your rescue come organizations and books. And do they have KPIs for you. For example, the KPI gurus at Actuate Corp. have created—just for you—a free KPI library containing over 650 KPIs. What more could you ask for? ... Read & React