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Are You Sure You're Not a Bad Boss?

Are You Sure You're Not a Bad Boss? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
It's not what you do but what you don't do that matters.


Conjure up the term "bad boss" and what comes to mind? Scenes of red-faced people berating subordinates in public. Smarmy souls taking credit for other people's work or saying one thing and doing another. Cutting remarks. Yelling. Feel free to continue — we're sure you can.


This is iconic bad boss behavior — defining in our minds the very essence of what bad bosses do. When we see these things portrayed on TV or in the movies, we can't help laughing, even while we're thinking "Whew! I don't do those things; I'm not a bad boss."


But, not so fast. Our research suggests that the offensive actions so often associated with being a bad boss make up less than 20% of the behavior that actually defines the worst bosses.

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Workplace Whispers: Real or Imagined?

Workplace Whispers: Real or Imagined? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it
Workplace whispers: real or imagined?...


Consider this scenario. You hear laughter coming from the lunchroom, but when you open the door, the laughter stops.


What would your initial assumption be?


That your colleagues were laughing at you and talking behind your back or that your colleagues were laughing at something in the lunchroom before you came in?


This was one of the scenarios that participants in a new study, by the London Business School, were asked to consider.


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The Military Muscle Shaping Yale's Leadership Training

The Military Muscle Shaping Yale's Leadership Training | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The first thing Tom Kolditz wants you to know about leaders is that most of them didn’t emerge from diapers to direct teams naturally. "If you look at the research done, the qualities leaders were born with, [such as] intelligence and attractiveness, account for 30 percent of leadership," says the retired brigadier general, who spent the last 12 years of his career running the leadership program he developed at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

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Is Your Company Fit for Growth?

Is Your Company Fit for Growth? | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

Is your company fit for growth? Many companies today are not. The way they manage costs and deploy their most strategic resources is preventing the expansion they need. But they don’t realize it — at least not yet.


To be sure, many of those companies are in better financial shape today than they’ve been in for a long time. Having implemented cost-cutting and austerity programs during the recession, they have relatively healthy balance sheets and sizable reserves of working capital. They have strengthened their ability to weather downturns and improved their productivity in ways that could potentially last for years. All these restructuring actions were required for survival between 2008 and 2011.


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Academic view: A new philosophy of leadership

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How to Know When to Start Your Own Business (Infographic)

How to Know When to Start Your Own Business (Infographic) | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

There will always be a reason why now isn't the right time to start your own business. And there will always be a reason it is.


Have a look at the infographic (below) from the startup organization Funders and Founders that challenges many of the excuses life presents. You just started school? Well, says Anna Vital, the organization's founder, just going to school alone won’t do anything for you, you have got to get out there and "do." Vital recommends you get your business idea rolling while you are in school. Just got married and too busy settling down to launch a business? Vital says you have just got yourself a perfect co-founder.

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Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials

Job Hopping Is the 'New Normal' for Millennials | Business Brainpower with the Human Touch | Scoop.it

The average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but the expected tenure of the workforce's youngest employees is about half that.


Ninety-one percent of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) expect to stay in a job for less than three years, according to the Future Workplace “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers. That means they would have 15 – 20 jobs over the course of their working lives!