Character

How do you rate on the realness scale?

June 2, 2022
Chris Hopwood of the University of California, Davis has created a realness test to measure one’s ability for acting the same way on the outside as they feel on the inside, an important component of authenticity and the ability to defeat our own neuroses.

Anger: The go-nowhere, get-nothing product

March 9, 2022
Q. I had an employee I came into conflict with two years ago, and I just can’t seem to get over what he did to me. We’re both at different jobs now, but a couple of mutual colleagues have noticed my bitterness. I’m not sure how to get over it—my anger surprises me.

Avoid these eroders of trust

February 9, 2022
Trust makes transactions happen. But they won’t if you allow these missteps in your leadership style.

Walk the line between assertive and aggressive

November 3, 2021
Many of us would like to be more assertive, and not just at work. Joaquín Selva gives concrete advice in an article for Positive Psychology.

How many phones can you afford to lose? The importance of respect

September 8, 2021
Courtesy, professionalism and respect: another form of CPR that saves lives.

A tale of two $150 million+ gifts

August 16, 2021
Which type of person are you—the type who would ask for your name to be pounded into the pages of history as a condition of a gift, or the type who would make such a grand offering anonymously?

The sweet spot of leadership

August 16, 2021
Don’t measure yourself or your staff against unattainable leadership qualities; you’ll always come up short. Here are the two most vital leadership characteristics.

Power corrupts—but not you. How to not be evil

July 14, 2021
“I’m never going to be like that guy,” is something we’ve all told ourselves as we passed a particularly feared executive in the hallway. But how did that guy become who he is, and who’s to say it can’t happen to us?

Recognize abrasiveness before it takes root

May 12, 2021
Unfortunately, managers sometimes fall into acting abrasively, which generally means intimidating employees. Workplace pressures may push you into similar behavior unless you recognize the intellectual and emotional patterns that lead in this direction. Check out these three common perceptions and see if they apply to you.

Respect: How to earn it (and keep it)

April 14, 2021
You might have the formal authority of a leader, but you won’t get the results you want unless you’re able to earn your employees’ respect. Here’s how to show your team that you’re someone who deserves to lead.