The Leadership Style That Can Make Men Look Inferior
Asking for help can improve decision-making, but also prompt others to question your competence, especially if you’re a man.
Uncovering the Extravert Advantage
A Duke University psychological study pinpoints a key behavior that helps explain why and how extraverts are so socially adept.
The Trouble with Too Much Talent
Recruiting high-level talent may seem like a sure way to win, but bringing together the most talented individuals doesn’t seem to guarantee the best possible team performance.
When Decisions Satisfy, and When They Upset
Should I sign that contract? Should I fire that lazy employee? Should I eat lunch at my desk or go out? Business professionals face a daily dose of decisions like these — some that we can change, others that are irreversible. While it may seem safer to make choices we can later revise, a small body of research suggests that people tend to be more satisfied after making unalterable decisions rather than those they can undo. This partly stems from humans’ tendency, demonstrated in psychological research, to overestimate the regret they’ll feel over their decisions.
How Being Laid Off Affects Your Job Prospects
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently sent 330 employees emails letting them know the company—in an effort to control costs as its user base declines—would be eliminating their jobs. And the layoff is small in comparison to other players in the technology world. In July, Microsoft shed 7,800 positions. And Hewlett-Packard is slashing up to 30,000 jobs as part of a massive reorganization plan. There will no doubt be thousands of highly skilled and talented professionals on the job market as the result of downsizing moves like these.
Feeling Like a Fraud on the Job
Ferdinand Demara is one of history’s most infamous impostors. After serving in the US Army during World War II, Demara masqueraded as a monk, a surgeon, a prison warden, a cancer researcher, a teacher, a civil engineer, a hospital orderly, a sheriff’s deputy, a psychologist, and a minister—faking his credentials at every turn.