How the Story You Tell Yourself Can Make You Happier

by Sonali Kohli

Harnessing happiness has become something of a cultural obsession. Countless studies have linked our happiness to money, age, location, and timing of having children, to name just a few. But there’s arguably an easier way to make your life feel more meaningful: Tell yourself a positive story about ... Read & React

At Some Point, All Leaders Reach a Constitutional Crossroad

by Michael F. Belcher

Periodically, executives ask me why the Leadership for a Democratic Society program at the Federal Executive Institute places such emphasis on the U.S. Constitution. They recognize that the Constitution is a foundational document for government service and highlights the country’s core values. ... Read & React

What Makes a Good Employer?

by Gillian B. White

How do you feel about your employer? Seems like a simple question, but the answer isn't always clear-cut. Satisfaction with your employer can be a more involved concept, one that includes opinions about company culture and policies, feelings about how an organization treats its employees, and maybe ... Read & React

What's on Your De-Stress Checklist?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

In a meeting with a group of CEO’s last week, we were talking about how to show up at your best under conditions of high stress. One of the group shared a checklist of that a wellness expert had given him. It was a list of activities you could do either indoors or outdoors that would lower your ... Read & React

Monty Python’s John Cleese on The Secret of Success

by Jeff Slate

“Carl Jung said that if in the second half of your life you try to develop the things that were undeveloped in the first half, you get much more out of life than if you go on doing the same things,” John Cleese, the icon of British comedy group Monty Python and author of a new memoir, tells me as ... Read & React

Management and the Art of Future Thinking

“Leaders aren’t born.  Just like anything else, they are made through hard work. That is the price we must pay to achieve our goals.”—Vince Lombardi Warren Bennis, who died in July at age 89, pioneered leadership as a business discipline. He said managers seek to do things right, while leaders ... Read & React

The Power of Being Vulnerable

Vulnerable: Emotionally open to attack, harm, or damage. —Merriam-Webster.com We were young and old, male and female, leaders and coaches, sitting in a circle at the retreat center that houses a profound learning experience called Presence-Based Coaching. We were learning to learn from each other. ... Read & React

Amid Stagnant Incomes, Work and Family Are Increasingly at Odds

It's a question that has fixated philosophers for generations: what are the ingredients of a successful life? It's also a question that Patrice H. wrestles with in far grittier terms every day in the small Alabama town where she lives. Patrice, 42, works for an auto parts dealer building headlamps, ... Read & React

5 Tips for Developing Infographics to Communicate Your Value

by Arleta Cobb

It seems like everyone is talking about data visualization and infographics. Some may say infographics are an easy way out of providing detail in a report or memo. I’ve found the opposite to be true. Infographics are an effective way to distill large amounts of data into smaller pieces that are ... Read & React

Bilinguals Have Stronger, Faster Brains Than The Rest of Us

"Salida" means "exit" in Spanish.
by Sonali Kohli

Learning another language is touted as a cure-all for all manner of things: dementia, distraction, over-parenting, to name a few. Now, thanks to two recent studies, there is evidence that language-learning actually sharpens your brain by changing its mechanics. One of the studies, published in the ... Read & React