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Published on: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Look Like a Workaholic in a 40-Hour Workweek

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: productivity, laura stack, workaholics
In a perfect world, we would be judged solely on our results, regardless of what others thought about how or when we got our work done. The good news is that this type of "results only" mentality is catching on. Some companies and managers are beginning to realize that there are better ways to manage performance than by counting hours at the office. Organizations are responding to the changing needs of workers everywhere by offering arrangements such as flex-time and telecommuting.


Published on: Monday, March 24, 2014

To Increase Innovation, Take the Sting Out of Failure

Posted By: Doug Sundheim
Filed Under: leadership, innovation, motivation, doug sundheim, business failures
"We need more innovation around here. We need people to think more creatively and be more entrepreneurial. I've been saying this for the last couple years, and yet very little seems to be changing. It's very frustrating."

This was a recent lament from a client, a senior leader at a medium-sized professional services firm. He was frustrated that even though his organization was encouraging people at every turn to take chances on new ideas, too few were actually stepping up to do it.


Published on: Friday, March 21, 2014

Six-Figure Hotline: Connecting on LinkedIn with HR Rep

As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.

In one such teleconference, I was joined by executive career strategist Harriette Lowenthal, and a member asked us, "Is it appropriate to ask an HR rep at a company to which one has applied to connect on LinkedIn?"


Published on: Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Productivity for Leaders

Posted By: Laura Stack
Filed Under: leadership, productivity, teamwork, laura stack
Personal productivity is one thing. But once you take on leadership responsibilities, productivity is a whole new ball game. Suddenly it is no longer just a matter of being the best you can be, but of bringing out the best in those around you.

This can be hard! Priorities compete. Personalities conflict. And let's face it: some folks just won't always be as committed as you are to putting in a productive day's work — bad days happen (even to the best of us).

So how do you go about creating a productive team environment that contributes not only to individual productivity, but also to that of the group as a whole.


Co-authors of the The New York Times bestseller Freakonomics and its sequel SuperFreakonomics, Steve Levitt and Stephen Dubner shared the stage at the World Business Forum and through engaging real-world stories offered sage business advice.

Steve Levitt, winner of the distinguished John Bates Clark Medal for the most influential economist under 40, led with how decided to become an academic economist despite struggling in math (though he was in AP classes). There he was foundering in MIT graduate school when he went to his parents for advice. His father, an award winning medical researcher, told him, "If you want to succeed in a profession for which you have no talent, the only hope you have is to take on a set of subjects which are so embarrassing and degrading that no self-respecting member of the profession will have anything to do with it." Amid the attendees' laughter, there was a simple message here from the professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, involving dedication and finding one's place within a field.


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