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Daughters of working mothers grow up to be just as happy as those of stay-at-home moms

4 weeks ago admin2 Comments Off on Daughters of working mothers grow up to be just as happy as those of stay-at-home moms
In 2015, preliminary results of a groundbreaking study found that the daughters of employed mothers often perform better in their eventual careers than the daughters of stay-at-home moms. “People still have this belief that when moms are employed, it’s somehow detrimental to their children.” Now the full study has been released, and it brings even Read More

The most effective praise has this specific quality

3 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The most effective praise has this specific quality
Many years ago, my supervisor, Marc, called me in to his office. Uh-oh. I was racking my brain. Had I done something wrong? Was I in trouble? I sat there, tense with anticipation. And then, it happened: Instead of rattling off a list of what I was doing wrong, Marc outlined a bunch of things Read More

How to use your office’s chatroom without going insane

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on How to use your office’s chatroom without going insane
In many workplaces, communication between individuals and teams happens through a constantly running chat tool. These tools offer exciting possibilities for real-time communication, but for many first adopters can feel something akin to an all-day meeting with no agenda, no outcomes, and required attendance. Who wants that? It’s hard to blame folks for the FOMO they Read More

Leonardo Da Vinci is history’s best case for wasting time

7 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Leonardo Da Vinci is history’s best case for wasting time
A few years ago, Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, wrote: “Differentiate or die.” So-called “spanners,” people who work across boundaries or genres, cause cognitive dissonance in others, according to Michael Hannan, StrataCom Professor of Management Emeritus at Stanford Graduate School of Business. And signs of this are everywhere: Actors who work across genres have Read More

Millennials aren’t entitled. They are empowered

8 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Millennials aren’t entitled. They are empowered
I recall a Saturday night where I missed my own birthday party. I worked past midnight that Saturday, pushing 16 hours total. Seventy hours week in and week out was about average, although 100 hour weeks were not noteworthy. In return for all that work, you received a nice salary for a 20-something. My firm Read More

How I freed myself from my phone without totally disconnecting

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on How I freed myself from my phone without totally disconnecting
My phone is my command central. It alerts me to email, to calls, to news, to everything going on around me. Until recently, it filled me with confidence that I was not missing out. That changed when I realized that I had slipped into full mobile dependency: I had stopped looking at everything going on Read More

The biggest hiring mistake I’ve ever made is allowing executives to skip skills tests

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The biggest hiring mistake I’ve ever made is allowing executives to skip skills tests
With two decades of experience at highly respected tech companies, Tim looked like the perfect exec to lead an important team. Six months after we hired him, we both realized we made a very avoidable mistake and parted ways. What went wrong? We didn’t actually interview Tim (not his real name). We did a lot Read More

A better way to think about your busy day

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on A better way to think about your busy day
On New Years Day, without fail, John Grisham starts writing a new book. Five days a week, each morning at 7 a.m., he’s in the same room, sitting on the same chair, tapping away on his trusty computer, and most importantly, with the same cup of coffee. No beeps, pings, messaging, or internet for that… Read More

Learning to code will eventually be as useful as learning Ancient Greek

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Learning to code will eventually be as useful as learning Ancient Greek
On the threshold of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), the world’s epicenter for complexity science, a plaque in Greek characters shares Plato’s admonishment: “Let no man ignorant of geometry enter here.” While it’s far more impressive in Ancient Greek, few visitors to SFI can read it. Eventually the same will be true of computer code. Read More

The most effective way to set a personal mission statement doesn’t involve words

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on The most effective way to set a personal mission statement doesn’t involve words
A few weeks ago, I received a call from a recent graduate and mentee. Connor deeply cares about leading a life of positive impact, and as he entered the modern workplace, he wanted to make sure he would never lose that drive for making a difference. I suggested that he develop a personal mission statement Read More