Career & Success

Your supervisor’s personality impacts you forever

From experience, you know that some supervisors will motivate you to do a good job while others can have a negative impact on your performance; some supervisors are supportive while others are more critical. These differences across supervisors extend to how generous supervisors are when rating the performance of subordinates during annual performance reviews. They are not innocuous as […]

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    How disruptions to our morning routines harm daily productivity, and what we can do about it

How disruptions to our morning routines harm daily productivity, and what we can do about it

Since the onset of COVID-19, a common topic of conversation with family, friends, and colleagues has been the challenge of getting back to pre-pandemic levels of daily productivity. In this transition period between their old work lives and the new normal that has not yet arrived, many begin their mornings with the best of intentions, but by the evening, […]

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    Remote working is good for mental health… but for whom and at what cost?

Remote working is good for mental health… but for whom and at what cost?

The world of work as we know it is changing. We are seeing a dramatic rise in remote working, with more and more people working away from the physical office location — sometimes by choice, sometimes not. The Covid-19 pandemic has further accelerated these changes, indicating that remote working is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

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    In the era of the project economy, are project managers satisfied?

In the era of the project economy, are project managers satisfied?

The demand for project managers is growing faster than for other occupational groups, with a 33 percent increase and nearly 22 million new jobs expected in 10 years, according to the report “Project Management Job Growth and Talent Gap 2017–2027”. We are in the era of the project economy, defined as “one in which people have the skills and […]

February 28th, 2020|Career & Success|0 Comments|

How to negotiate more effectively: six useful tips

Negotiation is as critical a business skill today as it has ever been. And it’s something that none of us can avoid. Whether it’s determining the terms of a new deal, overcoming conflict with colleagues or partners, or settling a dispute, negotiating is part of the day-to-day dynamic of our professional lives. In negotiations, every party has distinct interests […]

How our attachment style affects our job search behaviour 

In today’s labour market in the Netherlands people experience more job security than ever before. It is however hard to get a permanent contract, and people have to apply more often during their career. For many people, applying for a new job is a difficult process. It is a dynamic and complex situation that requires exploring new environments, learning […]

January 13th, 2020|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    After 2008, the reputation of bankers took a nosedive, but are bankers really that bad?

After 2008, the reputation of bankers took a nosedive, but are bankers really that bad?

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” That’s what Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father and third president of the United States, once said. If that’s true, then you might think that bankers are stuck on the first page, such is the public perception of them.

Following the 2008 global financial crisis, the reputation of bankers took a nosedive. […]

Power increases cognitive functioning

Life is filled with distractions. Information floods in. Situations change. To successfully navigate these challenges, individuals need to use a set of fundamental mental processes known as executive functions to regulate their thoughts and behaviours. Those with weak executive functions get distracted by temptations and overwhelmed by information; those with strong executive functions stay focused on their goals, and […]

November 18th, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    Relief for those who are not fans of networking: study says it’s not for everyone

Relief for those who are not fans of networking: study says it’s not for everyone

Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? Do you approach potential collaborators at conferences, meetings, or receptions? What about alumni gatherings? Did you remember to hand out your business card at that last event? And what about a follow-up email, just to check that person did not forget that they ran into you? Are you even active on twitter?

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November 1st, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    Social media cues about your political leanings might influence whether you’re hired or not

Social media cues about your political leanings might influence whether you’re hired or not

Highly charged political issues appear daily in the news in Europe and the US. In Europe, the English Brexit vote, French energy taxes/policy, and immigration issues in many countries have aroused intense emotions. These feelings manifested in England with extreme behaviours such as throwing milkshakes at politicians and in France with months of rioting. In the US, political discussions […]

How to build a better relationship with the boss

Imagine a prevalent phenomenon in the workplace: A leader has several direct reports, but only one or some of them are included in his or her inner circle to enjoy more opportunities for learning and growth. You may wonder: What chemistry has this group of followers generated in the daily interaction with the leader so that they are “chosen” […]

Is there success after a career in sport is over?

As England basks in a glorious summer of cricket and presently, for those interested, look forward to the rugby world cup in Japan, it becomes clear how sport as a form of entertainment and a multi-billion dollar industry can capture public imagination. However, for every Ben Stokes, Lionel Messi or Lebron James there are thousands of elite athletes across […]

September 26th, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|

On trying, failing and persisting

There is now ample evidence that socio-emotional skills are as important as basic cognition in driving individual success. Among these skills, grit clearly stands out. Grit is generally defined as perseverance in a productive task in the face of — often repeated and frustrating — setbacks. While it has been documented that grit predicts a large array of achievement […]

September 6th, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|

Happiness: what professional success looks like

One of the motivations for writing my latest book was the reaction I got to the following story I told in my first book, Happiness by Design: “A few weeks ago, I went out for dinner with one of my best friends, whom I have known for a long time. She works for a prestigious media company and basically […]

September 2nd, 2019|Career & Success|0 Comments|
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    Why entrepreneurs need a positive professional time perspective

Why entrepreneurs need a positive professional time perspective

To start a new venture, entrepreneurs need to recognise a profitable business opportunity, and to do this, they must have supportive and positive views about their professional past, present, and future (that is, a supportive and positive professional time perspective). Yet, they may have had negative professional experiences in the past and they may be having similar experiences in […]

How to avoid a demotion

“I’ve exceeded my performance targets year after year and finally found myself getting demoted without having asked to do a step back. It does make you wonder how this came about, all I know that it has nothing to do with my performance at work.”

Demotion, a downwards career move with a mainly negative connotation, is more common than […]

Considering a job change? Examine your motives first

People are becoming more exposed to entrepreneurship careers through television and social media, and through the large rise in incubators and university entrepreneurship programs. As a potential career path, employees may want the flexibility and satisfaction of being their own boss and earning more through self-employment. But will they succeed on both these counts? When someone leaves traditional employment […]

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    Our digital malaise: distraction is costing us more than we think

Our digital malaise: distraction is costing us more than we think

Many of us are doing real work six or even five hours each day, while spending eight-plus hours “at work”, without realising the loss of time spent with family, on hobbies, exercise or energising side projects.

Instead of getting a full-day’s work accomplished, we’re losing productive time to interruptions from co-workers, needless meetings, and especially our perpetually pinging phones. The […]

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    The economics of attractiveness: teenagers with acne do better in school and later in the labour market

The economics of attractiveness: teenagers with acne do better in school and later in the labour market

Acne has been the scourge of teenage boys and girls for as long as there have been teenagers. Indeed, acne is the eighth most common disease among humans, affecting nearly 650 million people worldwide. But might acne have a silver lining?

Economists are increasingly interested in the economic returns to physical attractiveness, an interest largely ignited by Hamermesh and Biddle […]

Who gets to occupy the corporate C-suite?

You have been in your current job for some time. You have learned a lot, acquiring valuable knowledge and skills as well as getting to know people in your workplace. You enjoy what you do. Now there is an opportunity to move to another job within the organisation. The job is quite different from what you have been doing, […]