In a recent HR Magazine Q&A with Edward Hess, author of “Humility is the New Smart, Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age,” he says, how well employees learn continuously and relate to others will become the great differentiator.  He points to increasing automation and cheap, (or often free,) access to information.  The traditional […]

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Mentors are extremely valuable resources. They can help widen our perspective, identify alternatives and enhance our ability to see ourselves as others see us. They can also help us exercise our critical feedback muscles in an era when humility is seen as the new smart. How we handle critical feedback is important if we want […]

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When someone asks how you are, do you launch into a litany of reasons that you’re crazy busy or overwhelmed? Do you tick off the many competing priorities that keep you from catching your breath or relaxing?  Is there talk of being jealous of people who find time to exercise, entertain or garden?  Or how you’d do things differently if only […]

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But You Don’t Have to Be A Nasty Woman To Get What You Want Researchers in Tel Aviv and the Netherlands conducted a recent study that confirmed that nice women earn less than their assertive female counterparts. They interviewed a random group of 375 men and women at a Dutch electronics company and concluded that women who clearly express […]

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There are many things in life that we can’t control.  But there are many things that we can. The key to better control is mindful living. Dr. Melanie Austin-McCain, an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor at New York Institute of Technology School of Health Professions, says that mindfulness can help us live a longer, more […]

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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs teaches us that a sense of belonging is critical.  Given that basic human need, it’s not surprising that those who feel threatened by social and economic changes, like an outsider – one who is no longer central – spoke out in this year’s Presidential election. When people feel ignored, discounted or […]

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Are you in a rut?  Having trouble getting excited about your projects, or the job itself?  Do you no longer feel challenged?  Are opportunities to move up limited or non-existent?  If so, here are a few Mindtools.com tips that will help you recharge. Get to the root of the problem.  Journaling about how you’re feeling […]

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Labels are an intrinsic part of how human beings make sense of our world.  But, reducing people or situations to categories falsely convinces us that we understand our unknowable universe.  Labels are, and have always been, the great separator.  At work and out in the world, labels are often used to make uninformed snap judgments.  Communication laced with labels influences the way […]

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We’ve all experienced that feeling of intense irritation that builds into frustration, which builds into anger. Whether it’s on the highway, when the slow driver in the left lane won’t get out of the way; or maybe it’s when a co-worker takes up our valuable time talking about his problems when you’re trying to make […]

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Corporate Wellness programs appear to be losing steam across the country.  According to the Wall Street Journal, companies find them expensive, and the return on investment that they expected – lower health insurance costs – isn’t what they anticipated. But Huffington Post contributor Henry Albrecht says companies may be overlooking the real benefits.  Wellness and […]

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