O.K., I admit it: I have resumed a love affair begun more than four decades ago. The object of my affection -- and I should add, also of my wife's -- is Finland, a country where we once lived when I was researching my doctoral dissertation.
For the better part of the last 15 years I have lived and worked overseas. While this has been a defining part of my life and character it hasn’t come without its lessons. A new country and a new workplace is all very exciting in a Facebook boast but the reality can occasionally be a little muddier. Here’s some really simple advice for people taking their first post overseas : If your colleagues invite you out for dinner/drink – ACCEPT! You may be shy, you may have taken an instant dislike
The numbers are staggering. A Harris Interactive survey of 3,000 workers showed that American employees take only 51% of their vacation time yearly, and 61% work while on vacation despite complaints from their loved ones. Another study of 2,003 workers by travel media company Skift indicated that only 16% will take a long vacation over the summer. A full 62% said they wouldn't take a vacation over this summer at all.It's clear: Americans stubbornly prioritize the meaning of work over the value o
Q: Do you know the most common regret expressed by business leaders?A: They wish they had dealt with poor performance sooner.Giving positive feedback is relatively simple; although most managers probably don’t recognize and praise their people frequently enough. Giving negative feedback on the other hand, is something many managers procrastinate on.I can empathize. Some of the more stressful moments of my management career have been when I had to give corrective feedback to staff members whose
The greatest people in history have been failures. Certainly, we remember these individuals as successes--success stories--and we treat those stories as legends and those individuals as gods. But each of them failed epically and repeatedly, more so than the combined successes of all of humanity.Failure should not be overlooked in anyone, especially not those we admire. It is through failure that these individuals were able to learn, grow and ultimately succeed. We know this about ourselves but e
Have you ever wondered if your job descriptions are sexist? Well, they might be, according professors from University of Waterloo and Duke and their research paper titled “Evidence That Gendered Wording in Job Advertisements Exist and Sustains Gender Inequality.”
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