Why You Should Be Less Responsible at Work

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An overstressed friend told me recently that her boss had counseled her to “be less responsible” at work. On the surface, it’s a ridiculous thing for a supervisor to say. Who would want an employee that overlooks details, or who casually wraps up an assignment because “it’s good enough”? But here’s why her boss is… [Read More]

How to Be Productive and Still Have a Fun Weekend

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We’d all like to have relaxing weekends, full of leisurely meals and visits with friends. And of course, taking time to recharge is good for us. But most entrepreneurs — who have busy lives, pressing obligations and a desire to grow their businesses — simply don’t have time to check out for 48 straight hours each… [Read More]

Reframing Your Way To Happiness At Work

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  Does an overflowing inbox stress you out? You’re not alone – but according to Shawn Achor, author of Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, some subtle shifts in mindset can dramatically increase your happiness and productivity: “An overflowing email inbox could be a soul-draining activity, but… [Read More]

Small Tweaks To Make Your Work And Life Better

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Years ago, author and consultant Cali Williams Yost used to try to talk to executives about ‘work-life balance.’ That all changed when one senior leader pulled her aside. “He said, ‘I’m going to take pity on you and tell you what’s going on. Every time I hear ‘work-life balance,’ I hear ‘work less,’ and we… [Read More]

How to Build a Competitive Talent Advantage

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How can your company attract and retain the best employees? Sylvia Ann Hewlett, founding president of the Center for Talent Innovation, says it’s crucial to recognize upfront that “our career model is hopelessly dated.” In many ways, the corporate world is still stuck in the 1960s and 1970s, she says, but both the demographics and… [Read More]

How to Succeed in Business – Without Alienating Your Family

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The pressures of work can strain any relationship. But the grinding toll is even worse when you’re an entrepreneur or high-level executive, working long hours and responsible for your company’s bottom line. “When you own a business, you have to be all in – otherwise, you won’t have a business very long to worry about,”… [Read More]