The quiet sacrifice of leadership

“You have to look into the mirror and ask yourself what is best for my people, my organization, and my community. Am I prepared to act and suffer any personal consequences? And then you need to step into the deep end of the pool without a lifesaver in sight.” [Read more >>] [via]

Recognizing workplace gossip for what it is

“For most of us, the idea of ‘workplace violence’ conjures up images of physical harm. But there is another form of workplace violence that is just as dangerous and insidious — and that is workplace gossip. Gossip is any language that would cause another harm, pain, or confusion that is used outside the presence of another for whom it is intended.” [Read more >>]

Satan’s training brochure, Fall 2007

“Here are some highlights from the new catalogue:

  • The Ineffective Facilitator: Feeling Good About Accomplishing So Little
  • Chaos Theory for Managers: If a Butterfly Flaps its Wings in China, Can We Blame Outsourcing?
  • Communicating With Difficult People- How to Avoid It
  • The Effective Administrator: Exercising Godlike Power On a Mortal’s Salary”

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Top 10 reasons why constant complaining is so toxic in the workplace

“When people complain, they focus only on what’s wrong. Things may be mostly fine in the company, but complainers only talk about the problems, annoyances and peeves they perceive. If things in a company are 80% good and 20% bad and you spend most of your time thinking and talking about the bad 20% - the situation will look a lot worse than it really is.” [Read more >>]

Workplaces cause depression in one in 20 adults

“More than one in 20 young adults is likely to develop clinical depression or an anxiety disorder each year as a result of stress at work, new research has suggested. A study of almost 1,000 32-year-olds in New Zealand — including everyone born in the city of Dunedin during 1972 — has revealed that having a high-stress job can double the risk of developing one of these psychiatric problems for the first time.” [Read more >>]

Do dream jobs really exist?

“More thirtysomethings than ever before are feeling disillusioned with their careers and openly acknowledge that they’d like to move into something more rewarding and fulfilling. They admit to a number of factors that prevent them from doing so – a third of people said that a potential drop in salary going into a new career would stop them from changing, a quarter said that they lack the confidence to change and a further quarter admitted to having no clear direction.” [Read more >>]

Get out of the fast lane

“Relax, chill out: doing easy, everyday tasks with the children is the key to happy families, says Toxic Childhood author Sue Palmer in her new book. [ . . .] The simple truth is that if children are to grow up happy and resilient, they need love, time and attention from the significant adults in their lives.” [Read more >>]

If at first you don’t succeed try, try 40x

“So, I’m sitting around yesterday feeling crummy about myself. And not the usual self-loathing that comes from simply being me, but a more concrete, quantifiable inner gloom that stemmed from once again working late, thereby missing the chance to meet my wife and daughter for an early movie. I could tell they were disappointed from the note that was left on the entryway table reading ‘Gone to bed. Dinner in fridge. You may want to look for your heart in there, too.’” [Read more >>]

Scheduling for work life balance

“A [tag]]flexible schedule at work[/tag means that work and personal commitments can be more cohesive throughout the course of the day. However, if you find yourself constantly checking a work planner and a personal calendar to schedule to do items, separate calendars could be causing complications in your ability to maintain a cohesive schedule of all life’s tasks.” [Read more >>]

Do you see your boss in the mirror?

“They say that animal lovers end up looking like their pets. But now it seems that looking like – and being like – your boss can be pretty significant for your career, too. A study by academics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Washington’s American and George Washington universities has concluded that how much you rate you boss – and how much your boss rates you – depends on how alike you are.” [Read more >>]

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