The Secret Suffering of the Middle Manager

When researchers try to determine the types of workers who are most prone to depression, the focus is usually on the misery of those at the bottom of a company’s hierarchy—the presumed stressors being the menial duties they're tasked with and their lack of say in defining the scope of their jobs. ... Read & React

A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves Eleanor Roosevelt

NASA’s 20-Year-Old Astronaut Hiring Procedures Still Work Today

by Nate Regier

In 1978, NASA was just beginning its space shuttle program and Dr. Terry McGuire was responsible for assessing the psychological fitness of astronauts in preparation for NASA missions. It was a ... Read & React

The High Professional Cost of Your Inability to Trust

“Trust involves the juxtaposition of people’s loftiest hopes and aspirations with their deepest worries and fears.” –Jeffrey A. Simpson Trust is one of those terms that is casually tossed around in business conversations and management literature, yet for each and every one of us, the decision to ... Read & React

Modafinil Really Is a 'Smart Drug,' But Is It Workplace Doping?

by Olga Khazan

If you could take a pill that will make you better at your job, with few or no negative consequences, would you do it? In a meta-analysis recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers from the University of Oxford and Harvard Medical School concluded that a drug called ... Read & React

Budgeteers Join Forces Online to Get More Bang for the Buck

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Budgeting is often viewed as an arcane profession that projects an image within the federal government not unlike that of IRS auditors in the private sector. Everyone knows the job is important, few want to be one, and no one wants to sit next to them in the lunch room. Yet, they work hard and want ... Read & React

U.S. Workplaces Boost the Confidence of Men… And Destroy the Ambitions of Women

by Cassie Werber

American women enter the corporate workforce with higher aspirations to reach the top than their male counterparts, and with the confidence that they can get there. But according to research by the management consulting firm Bain & Co., women’s ambition reaches a cliff edge, and then falls off it, ... Read & React

Why Federal Managers Fail to Fire Their Low Performers

A recent article in The Washington Post listed the top five reasons why federal managers fail to fire their low performers. Citing a guide published by the Merit Systems Protection Board, the article states: “Managers have a lot of power to take action against employees and supervisors because ... Read & React

Here's How Much Sexism Costs Economies Around the Globe

When women suffer from sexism, so too does the entire economy. That’s the crux of a new paper by economists (pdf) David Cuberes (Clark University) and Marc Teignier (Universitat de Barcelona), which quantifies the economic loss caused by the limited involvement of women in professional fields, ... Read & React

Heck of a Recovery, New Orleans

New Orleans has come a long way since the botched governmental response to Katrina in 2005.
by John J. DiIulio Jr. Frederic Fox Leadership Professor, University of Pennsylvania

As the 10 anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the tragedy in the Gulf Coast draws near, I have been reflecting on the dozen-plus post-2005 trips that I have made to New Orleans. Each trip was made in concert with the 10-year "Covenant to Serve" that my University of Pennsylvania students and I ... Read & React

Study: Here is Why You Never Know What Day It Is

Do you find yourself forgetting which day it is during the monotony of mid-week? A new study suggests this is because during the week, you’re neither stressed nor excited. Research published last week in PLOS ONE found that people were more likely to be confused about what day of the week it was on ... Read & React

How to Live a Life That's 'Beyond Happy'

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Being happy is a fundamental life goal for most people. But is it possible that by setting the bar at “being happy,” that we’re aiming too low? In her new book, Beyond Happy: Women, Work, and Well-Being, Beth Cabrera makes a compelling case for striving for more. Better yet, she offers practical ... Read & React