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Working with Psychopaths

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Psychopaths in Workplace

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Psychopaths in WorkplaceObviously, not working with psychopaths is the best option. That, however, isn’t always practical. Additionally, it’s neither practical nor optimal to distrust everyone. So, when working with psychopaths, it’s important to: Acknowledge they exist in the workplace Know the situations, trends and cultures […]

Imperfect Music is Perfect Music

A while back I read “Why Music?” (The Economist, December 18, 2008 edition) and the first sentence of the concluding paragraph hit me: The truth, of course, is that nobody yet knows why people respond to music. It’s mysterious how something so prevalent can be so unknown. Yet, while today it remains true, people like […]

Golfing Analogy: Working with People

People often feel that playing politics in the workplace is something dirty and to be avoided. Well, cleaning house and taking out the garbage is dirty work too, but it’s necessary. Still, it’s hard for some to see this as anything but compromising, “not being who I am.” Yet, as we saw with honesty, euphemisms, […]

Entering the Golden Age of Women in Business

If you have a son and a daughter both under college age, odds are greater that she will become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. As I was writing my book, The Feminine Influence in Business (more), in 2003 and 2004, I made this prediction to friends: Within the next generation or two, more women […]

Cooperation vs. Self-interest (Pt 4): Intrinsic Rewards

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Cooperation vs. Self-interest

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Cooperation vs. Self-interestIntrinsic rewards are important aspects of creating a cooperative work culture. However, such rewards are difficult to understand and teach. Moreover, many, many people just don’t believe they are that powerful. Yochai Benkler in his article “The Unselfish Gene” of the July-August 2011 […]

Business Examples of Patience’s Merits

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Patience's Merits

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Patience’s MeritsA question posted by Expat 21 asked for examples of patience in the workplace, especially those demonstrating a contrast between American and other cultures. While I find non-American cultures more patient, the examples I have aren’t that distinguishable by cultures except in their acceptance […]