Giving Praise Is a Proven Way to Increase Your Happiness

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

Are you a praise giver or taker? How you respond may offer a clue into your level of happiness at work. Happiness researcher Shawn Achor has made a name for himself studying the many facets of happiness. His research has uncovered a startling connection between praise and happiness: the more praise ... Read & React

Why Rudeness at Work is Contagious and Difficult to Stop

by Trevor Foulk Doctoral Student, University of Florida

Most people can relate to the experience of having a colleague inexplicably treat them rudely at work. You’re not invited to attend a meeting. A co-worker gets coffee – for everyone but you. Your input is laughed at or ignored. You wonder: where did this come from? Did I do something? Why would he ... Read & React

Charisma is a Mysterious and Dangerous Gift

Charisma is easier to recognise than to define. Newspaper and magazine articles consistently identify charismatic leaders – such as John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama – but those same articles rarely describe exactly what charisma is. It is often debated whether charisma is ... Read & React

The Best Headspace for Making Decisions

by Olga Khazan

Let’s say you’re making a hard choice, one that could impact your life significantly. Every time you think you've settled on something, the other option tugs you back to its side. You end up where you started: It's a draw. Should you make ever-more-detailed lists of pros and cons and seek advice ... Read & React

We Remember Our Coworkers’ Misdeeds, but What about Our Own?

by Anne Ford

Every office has them: colleagues behaving badly. Whether they always pad their expense reports, call in sick then go to the beach, or just avoid refilling the printer paper, their shenanigans seldom stop. New research from the Kellogg School’s Maryam Kouchaki may help explain why. Simply put, her ... Read & React

'Get Out of My Face!' We’re More Antisocial in a Shared Office Space

by Rachel Morrison Senior lecturer, Auckland University of Technology

“If we all work side-by-side in an open-plan office or ‘hot desk,’ moving from place to place, it’s sure to increase collaboration!” It turns out that may be wrong. If you don’t have your own space, perhaps you are better off working remotely with your cat for company. Our research found that there ... Read & React

Why Too Many Meetings Leaves You Feeling Stupid

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Last week I was on the phone with an executive coaching client who, like many of the people I work with, was lamenting the insanity of her schedule. It was Friday and she was finishing up a week of back-to-back meetings every day, all day. (To her credit, she kept her coaching call with me.) In ... Read & React

The Psychological Origins of Procrastination – and How We Can Stop Putting Things Off

"I love deadlines,” English author Douglas Adams once wrote. “I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” We’ve all had the experience of wanting to get a project done but putting it off for later. Sometimes we wait because we just don’t care enough about the project, but other times we ... Read & React

Leading a Network Doesn’t Have To Be Like Herding Cats

by Michael J. Keegan

What does effective collaboration look like and does leadership matter? If leadership is important, what specific skills and qualities produce successful collaborative efforts? A recent IBM Center report, Effective Leadership in Network Collaboration: Lessons Learned from Continuum of Care Homeless ... Read & React

Hillary Clinton Didn't Take Sick Leave Because Nobody in America Takes Sick Leave

by Cassie Werber

Hillary Clinton, who was diagnosed with pneumonia after being taken ill at an event last week, was doing what millions of American do every year: trying to power through sickness and keep working. That Americans work when they’re unwell is down to two factors: a culture of “battling through,” and a ... Read & React

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