Women Can Give Your Company a Huge Edge: Here’s How to Let Them

by Joanna Chango

Does your organization have strong female leaders? If so, you’ve got a good thing going. Top companies tend to have more women in leadership roles, as compared to lower-performing counterparts. Women also regularly outperform men at every level of management and can boost the overall intelligence of work teams.

On the other hand, […]

Is There a Better Way for Women to Win in the Workplace?

by Joanna Chango

As an emerging leader, you know you’re good at what you do. And up until now, you’ve had no problem getting things done and getting ahead.

But lately, it feels like you’ve been running up against a brick wall. You’ve been working just as hard—or even harder—than before, but you just don’t seem […]

For Women, the Secret Ingredient to Confidence at Work is Poise

by Joanna Chango

4 ways to build poise and increase confidence at work

How many times have you been sidelined by a critical boss or a mansplaining colleague? Did you simmer angrily as that person talked over you (or down to you), or did you know exactly what to do or say to address the situation?

For […]

Why We need Courage Now, More Than Ever

Ethics is a hot topic these days, and (sadly) for good reason. There is little sign that greater emphasis on ethics and compliance has led tobetter behavior, at least judging from recent headlines.  Ethicalsystems.org is an inspiring organization that is trying to understand how to foster more effective ways to promote ethical reasoning […]

The Power of Active-Constructive Responding

Psychologist John Gottman has been researching relationships for more than four decades, and in recent years the popular media have taken notice of his findings. Accounts of his work have often emphasized the four “horsemen” in communication patterns that signal trouble for marriages: criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt. But we sometimes lose sight […]

How Do You Feel About Conflict?

Quick: would you rather

  1. Be stuck overnight in an airport with no place to sleep
  2. Raise an issue with a friend when it might lead to a fight or argument
  3. Argue with a roommate

If you’re like 330 adults I surveyed this summer on MTurk, Amazon’s research tool, all three are equally unpleasant.

Surprised? I admit […]

Is Mindfulness Effective?

Do you practice mindfulness?  Here’s an interesting piece questioning the evidence that it is effective.  Here’s how I think about it: mindfulness is an emotion-focused coping strategy (one that tries to help us escape or modify our emotions in the moment); evidence suggest these strategies can be helpful when we face a situation […]

On the Secret Formula for Resilience

“Frame adversity as a challenge, and you become more flexible and able to deal with it, move on, learn from it, and grow. Focus on it, frame it as a threat, and a potentially traumatic event becomes an […]

Building Resolve to Engage with Political Adversaries

Much will be written about the 2016 Presidential election. Its outcome signaled a realignment in political coalitions but also reflected an increasingly balkanized information environment, with people reading and watching sources that reinforced their beliefs and emotions.

For some people in America – at least half, if the polls are right – the morning of 11/9 […]

Negotiation Skills: Four Steps for Changing Negotiation Practices in Your Organization

Four_Steps_250wHal Movius and Larry Susskind note that individual negotiators can lead organization-wide improvements in negotiation practices.  As noted by Harvard’s Program on Negotiation, here are four steps to take… […]

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