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These are stressful times. As a result of coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, millions of Americans aren’t just worried about their health, but also about their livelihoods and their futures. At the same time, warnings abound that stress itself is bad for our health and might even make us more susceptible to the illness. The irony is obvious.

Fortunately, there is an alternative approach: We can actually use that stress to improve our health and well-being. Read more...

March 20, 2020

It is a popular question these days: How to make it all work from home? Here an article drawn from experience. Avni highlights her three ways of making it work after being stuck at home in Seattle. Read more...

As the spread and far-reaching impacts of Covid-19 dominate the world news, we have all been witnessing and experiencing the parallel spread of worry, anxiety, and instability. While there is pain inflicted on us that we cannot evade, such as caused by travel restrictions and supply shortages, there is the other type of pain that our worries and spiraling dark thoughts cause us. This emotional and psychological response to crises often has an even more significant impact on our well-being as it narrows and clutters our mind. Here are ways to effectively address it. Read more...

August 3, 2019

The natural response to being disrespected or verbally attacked is becoming defensive, but that typically quickly escalates the cycle of aggression and the likelihood of you responding as a jerk yourself. Adam Grant gives strategies for how to deal with temporary and certified (consistent) jerks that allow you to take the high road. Read more...

Yes. But don’t confuse it with stress. Feeling overwhelmed sometimes is normal—it signals responsible engagement in meaningful work. Burnout is emotional exhaustion that’s persistent and impairing. It stems from too many demands—and too little control and support. Read more...

June 9, 2019

It's hard enough to change people's behavior on technical workflows. But what do you do if you want people to change their behavior to become more kind in everything they do? There are plenty of examples where we might value such kindness, take doctors to patients, sales representatives to customers, consultants to clients... A change in the handbook of standard operating procedures won't cut it. Rather, leaders must leverage the contagious effect of acts of kindness. Here is how...

Three psychological dynamics lead to crossing ethical lines. First, there’s omnipotence: when someone feels so aggrandized and entitled that they believe the rules of decent behavior don’t apply to them. Second, we have cultural numbness: when others play along and gradually begin to accept and embody deviant norms. Finally, we see justified neglect: when people don’t speak up about ethical breaches because they are thinking of more immediate rewards such as staying on a good footing with the powerful. Read more...

Asking women to lean-in more to emulate men's often deeply flawed leadership style, will neither improve their quota among the ranks, nor the quality of leadership overall. Instead we need to become more effective at weeding out incompetent men. So long as we continue to associate leadership with masculine features, we can expect female leaders to be evaluated more negatively even when their performance is higher than that of their male counterparts, and even when those who evaluate them are women. Read more...

April 13, 2019

Much of what comes out of people’s mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It’s a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we’re riveted — for one because it’s rare, but also because it’s real. Sometimes it’s uncomfortable and a little messy. But that’s what makes it powerful. No one is trying to hide anything. Read more...

April 4, 2019

I have not posted a new article in a very long time. You might think I was just not very productive over the past months. Yet, maybe, I made a conscious choice to put my attention on other things. I will leave the answer to this question a mystery, but I do encourage you to read Adam Grant's latest article on time vs. attention management. I have declined every client's request to do a training or workshop on productivity, because, like Adam, I believe there is nothing to be gained from it. We have more time saving and productivity tools than we have ever had in history and yet we seem to have...

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