The Disease of Being Busy

Horribly destructive habits start early, really early.

How did we end up living like this? Why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we do this to our children? When did we forget that we are human beings, not human doings?

The Rise of the Rude Hiring Manager

“This is how the interviewing process works these days — you jump through hoops.” Martin decided he wanted the job, and if he had to give up the keys to the car to get it, he was going to hope for the best.

But after months of interviews and assignments, Martin said, “Instead of making me an offer, they told me they had to make a ‘really tough decision’ and ‘decided to move in a different direction’” — that direction was giving the position to the most junior board member, who lacked any hands-on experience. “We hope this won’t affect our relationship,” they told him. And with months of his “life down the drain,” but knowing that he worked in a small community, Martin felt obliged not come off as a sore loser. “But the fact of the matter is, I got taken.” His goal today? “To ruin this company.”

Maybe you’re thinking that Martin just didn’t know how to play his cards right. Or that maybe, in the end, he simply wasn’t the best candidate for the position. But Martin is not alone.

Managing People from 5 Generations

For the first time in history, five generations will soon be working side by side. But whether this multi-generational workplace feels happy and productive or challenging and stressful is, in large part, up to you: the boss. How should you relate to employees of different age groups? How do you motivate someone much older or much younger than you? And finally: what can you do to encourage employees of different generations to share their knowledge?

The Complete Guide to Being On Time

The Complete Guide to Being On Time

Lateness says volumes about your character and work ethic, and from a corporate standpoint it can cost billions of dollars. In the US alone, one in six workers reported being late at least once a week, and a third of employers say they have fired an employee for lateness, according to a 2011 survey. An earlier survey found that CEOs are late to eight out of 10 meetings—and that when they’re late every day by just 10 minutes, that adds up to $90 billion in lost productivity.

7 Questions That Will Give Your Ego A Reality Check

7 Questions That Will Give Your Ego A Reality Check

Are you confident or cocky? Leaders need confidence to run a business, but sometimes that confidence can translate into arrogance with or without your knowledge. Find out if your leadership ego could use an attitude adjustment.

Liking Work Really Matters

But while we know intuitively that tasks we find interesting can feel effortless, what does it actually do to our mental gas tank? Can interest help us perform our best without feeling fatigued? My research with the psychologist Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia of Michigan State University, which we published recently in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, suggests that it can.

Can-Do vs. Can't-Do Culture

Can-Do vs. Can't-Do Culture

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As a venture capitalist, people often ask me why big companies have trouble innovating while small companies seem to be able to do it so easily. My answer is generally unexpected. Big companies have plenty of great ideas, but they do not innovate because they need a whole hierarchy of people to agree that a new idea is good in order to pursue it. If one smart person figures out something wrong with an idea — often to show off or to consolidate power — that’s usually enough to kill it.

This leads to a Can’t-Do Culture..." - Ben Horowitz

How Following The Leader Can Create Blind Spots

While advanced degrees, awards, and endorsements are worthwhile signals, nothing beats using the ol’ noodle. Reason through what others claim, and if you don’t understand, ask questions. It’s your best opportunity to show signs of life.

Life's Vanity Metrics: 9 Things You Track That Don't Matter

In the startup world, there’s a damning phrase called “vanity metrics,” which refers to measurements that look good but are not predictive of success. The opposite term would be a key performance indicator (KPI), or a metric that accurately reflects progress or value created. Yet what is meaningful for one company may merely look meaningful to another, so accurate measurements must always be personal.

Distinguishing between vanity metrics and KPIs led me to think about how we measure our lives, what’s truly meaningful, and what’s merely done “for show.”

12 Counterintuitive Practices For Long-Term Success

Life is a complex combination of interactions, events, and relationships. We all chase “success,” but we struggle to define it. We all want true happiness, but we usually settle for the appearance of it. We all seek meaning, but we often succumb to doubt.

So how do we navigate this often-challenging life? Here’s a list of practices derived from those I consider to be successful.

How We Try To Prove Katy Perry Wrong At Work

How We Try To Prove Katy Perry Wrong At Work

When the Katy Perry song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” comes on the radio chanting, “TGIF, TGIF, TGIF,” I feel like an anthropologist studying a foreign species. “TGIF” is short for “Thank God it’s Friday,” and based on the fact that it’s a No. 1 single and has sold more than 3,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone, it resonates. Why? Because for most people, work sucks.

Time To Take An Innovation Vacation?

Time To Take An Innovation Vacation?

Despite your packed schedule, you need a vacation. It sounds counterintuitive, but being busy inevitably hurts your business. While you’re hurriedly producing, your ability to see the important is overcome by your reactions to the immediate. An innovation vacation allows your mind to break from the routine and put its energies toward your long-term vision.