We know a lot about stress. We know its symptoms, causes, and social effects. However, when we have a colleague who is significantly affected by stress, it is not straightforward how to intervene. Here are some useful ideas: 1. Stress…

A new study revealed something I have always known—the arts are good for you and your followers.[1] Based on responses from over thirty thousand people, the results show that greater engagement with the arts predicts greater prosociality (volunteering and charitable…

A new study demonstrates that CEOs have two paths to their organization’s success: humility and vision.[1] Humility requires that they eschew narcissism and be active feedback seekers. Rather than expressing bombastic charisma, they exhibit a sense of calmness and inquisitiveness.[2]…

Not surprisingly, I was a skilled political player. However, at the end of my career, politics lost my interest. I scaled back on networking, cared little about how I was coming across, and exercised little social influence. It was a…

To the extent that you can, try to get your followers to kick up their heels in the evening. A new study shows that when they do, they are more likely to experience recovery from work and return fresh for…

A new study draws back the curtain on executive political shenanigans that few of us directly witness.[1] Sucking up to bosses is common at any level[2], but when it is practiced by senior managers toward the CEO, it has troubling…

What do you say to a protégé who has just lost out on a coveted promotion, publicly failed in an important assignment, or experienced a gut-wrenching personal loss? According to a recent study which examined why people experience post-traumatic growth,…

“Hi Fred. When I was in Santa Fe, I saw a computer case and I thought of you. I really like the design so I bought one for myself.” Does this sound like a winner at curing favor with Fred?…

As I think about my own career, it is clear that my work satisfaction hinged on my boss. In particular, the more competent my boss the more satisfied I was with my job. Apparently, this was common, for a recent…

If there is one theme that I emphasized in my courses, it was benefit selling—the crafting of influence attempts to emphasize the gains associated with the desired behavior tailored to the influence target. That last phrase is key to the…