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To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

To Be More Creative, Schedule Your Breaks

By Jackson G. Lu, Modupe Akinola, and Malia Mason // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Imagine that on a Friday afternoon, before leaving work to start your weekend, you are asked to solve two problems that require creative thinking. Do you: Spend the first half of your time attempting the first problem and […]

Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

Why Do So Many Managers Avoid Giving Praise?

By Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. One of the most difficult parts of a manager’s job is giving feedback. In a survey of 7,631 people, we asked whether they believed that giving negative feedback was stressful or difficult, and 44% agreed. When talking with managers about giving […]

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

By Judith Honesty, David Maxfield, and Joseph Grenny // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Bias at work can be overt and insidious. It can be shocking and enraging. But the subtle “Wait, what just happened?” moments are far more frequent. Take these examples: A client assumes you are in a subordinate role because […]

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

Why You Should Have (at Least) Two Careers

By Kabir Sehgal // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. It’s not uncommon to meet a lawyer who’d like to work in renewable energy, or an app developer who’d like to write a novel, or an editor who fantasizes about becoming a landscape designer. Maybe you also dream about switching to a career that’s […]

Responding to Feedback You Disagree With

Responding to Feedback You Disagree With

By Sheila Heen and Debbie Goldstein // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. Maybe it’s your performance review. Or a 360-degree feedback report. Or (unsolicited) advice from a colleague. Maybe you got a dressing-down from an angry client. Or overheard the nickname your team has for you. Whatever it was, it was wrong. Off-base. Unfair. […]

Stop Mindlessly Going Through Your Work Day

Stop Mindlessly Going Through Your Work Day

By Leah Weiss // This article was originally posted on hbr.org. How often have you looked at the clock stunned because even though you’ve been scrambling all morning, it’s now noon and you have no idea where the time went or what you’ve actually accomplished? There are sound reasons why it’s so hard for us to stay […]

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