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    Mindfulness has big impacts for performance, decision-making and career longevity

Mindfulness has big impacts for performance, decision-making and career longevity

Mindfulness has become the rage these days, from Wall Street to Westminster Hall. The surge has inspired major organisations like Google, Virgin Atlantic, Barclays Bank, British Telecom, and UK Parliament to invest in employee mindfulness training. Some people think mindfulness may be a fad, and who could blame them? Imagining monks running board meetings sounds like the start of […]

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    Advice for 20 somethings: don’t go job hopping and explore your education options

Advice for 20 somethings: don’t go job hopping and explore your education options

When we read about youth, titles like Generation X, Generation Me and Arrested Adulthood tend to paint an alarming picture of the younger generation in their 20s as directionless, floundering, and less likely than previous generations to become mature and productive citizens. In contrast, books like The Boomerang Age and Emerging Adulthood argue that more recent socio-demographic trends indicative […]

Why those water cooler chats may be good for your career

Should you be spending time at work interacting with your colleagues? In my recent working paper “Learning Spillovers in the Firm,” I show that the answer to this question is yes.  Specifically, I show that learning from more educated colleagues is an important determinant of wage growth.

To show this, I first put together a unique data set, matching all Swedish workers […]

There may be some truth to the ‘gay jobs’ stereotype

There is an unusually high concentration of gay or lesbian workers in certain occupations. For example, both gay men and lesbians and are overrepresented in psychology, law, social work, and university teaching. And there are real occupational patterns behind some popular stereotypes, from the gay flight attendant to the lesbian truck driver.

Where does this kind of occupational segregation come […]

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    To change your professional behaviour, you need outside stimulus

To change your professional behaviour, you need outside stimulus

In my 35 years as an executive coach, I have seen some of the world’s most powerful leaders struggle with changing their behaviour. I have come to believe that no one, no matter how determined or passionate, can do it without structure. You might wake up every morning sure that you will spend your day listening better, being more […]

A quiet revolution is transforming business schools

There is a quiet revolution going on in business schools. Some call it the “transition to predictability” others call it “causal based research”. A few business schools are transitioning from explaining success to predicting success. This is happening because of the way science naturally evolves, and it has major implications for you and your career. Broadly, scientific development comes […]

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    Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important

Too much to do, too little time? Mental contrasting can help you choose what’s really important

Working adults these days, perhaps now more than ever, often feel pressed for time. Time pressure is even more intense for working parents. The persistent sense of too-much–to-do-in-too-little-time has spawned a time management industry that by some accounts has more books and related merchandise available than that targeted at weight loss.The wisdom captured by these materials often boils down to “prioritise and organise”: […]

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    Having a strong calling can help you make challenging career decisions

Having a strong calling can help you make challenging career decisions

One approach to career pursuit encourages people to prioritize doing what they love and to pursue their passions, as exemplified by Steve Jobs’ statement that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.” A second approach prioritizes achieving outcomes such as salary and job security, as […]

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    Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Women CEOs in social enterprises earn 29% less than their male counterparts

Gender differences in pay are ubiquitous at all organisational levels including at the top. Entrepreneurship is hailed as one way for women to circumvent organizational norms and discrimination, because as CEOs of their own organizations, entrepreneurs largely determine their own pay. Moreover, social entrepreneurship may be a particularly gender-blind occupational choice; evidence indicates that women are more likely to start a social […]

Why we should get three-day weekends – all the time

What if weekends lasted three or even four days? What if the majority of the week could be given over to activities other than work? To even pose these questions is to invite the label of utopian thinking. While a fine idea in principle, working fewer hours is not feasible in practice. Indeed, its achievement would come at the […]

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    A fixed authoritative posture could make you a less effective leader

A fixed authoritative posture could make you a less effective leader

It is widely accepted that non-verbal communication is extremely influential in interpersonal encounters, and non-verbal signals (i.e. everything except the words themselves), including body language, eye contact, tone of voice and rapidity of speech, can have a subtle but significant influence on the dynamic between two people. For leaders in a professional context, there is no exception.

I have recently […]