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Most People Are Actually Pretty Happy at Work

Everyone knows about the Monday back-to-work blues—it is common knowledge that working is, for most people, miserable. Except that might not be true: employees are alright, according to the Endred-Ipsos 2016 Barometer, a yearly survey of well-being at work. The survey looked at 14,400 people in 15 ... Read & React

The recognition of exemplary individual performance is central to high organizational performance. And the psychological value is far more important than the money. Howard Risher

Managers Need to Edit Themselves Before Taking On Subordinates

by Dannielle Blumenthal Federal communicator and co-founder, All Things Brand

Once there was this senior executive—okay, he was the head of my huge law enforcement agency—who really, really took writing to heart. Every month I gave him a draft column for the magazine. And ... Read & React

What Silicon Valley Wants From Navy SEALs and Army Rangers: Leadership Lessons

by Oliver Staley

In Silicon Valley, where rapid expansion plans for businesses abound, companies are desperate to hire managers who can lead small teams, make quick decisions, adapt easily to change, and stay calm in the face of stressful situations. It turns out there’s a group of people trained for those exact ... Read & React

A Huge New Study Links Being a Workaholic to a Bunch of Psychiatric Disorders

Workaholism, long-associated in some parts of the world with an industrious work ethic, can develop into a full-blown psychological addiction. Troublingly, a recently published study of 16,426 working adults in Norway found that those with workaholism are significantly more likely to have ... Read & React

Take It From a Marine: Leaders Ask For Help

by Raphael Hernandez

The call came on a Saturday morning. I had just returned from a 5-mile run along the seawall. I was happy that I was finally getting over the terrible jet lag one gets flying from the West Coast to Okinawa, Japan. I had arrived on Okinawa after completing what amounted to a year-long onboarding ... Read & React

If You Want Your Employees to Be More Productive, Get Rid of Their Chairs

If you’re looking for a simple way to be more productive at work, just stand up. Productivity among employees with desks that allow them to stand or sit is 46% higher than that of their perennially seated peers, according to a study of call-center workers conducted by Texas A&M Health Science ... Read & React

Your Social Media Habits Could Soon Affect Your Security Clearance

A memo released by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper paves the way for agencies to conduct social media checks in the course of doing security clearance background investigations. Any information searched must be related to the 13 adjudicative criteria, and must be publicly available. ... Read & React

Casual Friday and the ‘End of the Office Dress Code’

The New York Times ran a story Wednesday announcing “The End of the Office Dress Code.” The suit and its varied strains, the article argues—corporate uniforms that celebrate, well, corporate uniformity—are giving way to more individualized interpretations of “office attire.” As the writer Vanessa ... Read & React

How to Sound Charismatic

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by Olga Khazan

At a February 23 rally in Sparks, Nevada, Donald Trump pandered, as politicians are wont to do. He mentioned how “nobody loves the Bible more than I do,” and that “we have to change our system, folks,” and other things he believes to be pleasing to the median caucus-goer’s ear. But if you listen ... Read & React

Avoiding a Government of Lawyers and Former Congressional Staffers

The two presumptive presidential candidates are now vetting vice presidential candidates. Putting together an entire administration is not too far off. Based on our experience over the last seven years in interviewing 65 top level political executives in the Obama Administration, we gained insights ... Read & React

Mad Max or Shining City on a Hill: Where Are We Headed?

What happens when an auspicious group of current and former Cabinet and federal agency heads, senior Office of Management and Budget and Government Accountability Office officials, academics and think tank leaders try to look into the future in order to tell the next presidential administration ... Read & React