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Why Women May Be Better Leaders

The issue of the glass ceiling has been with us for sometime now, yet relatively little progress is being made in North America, when it comes to senior executive positions and boards of directors, compared to other countries, where significant progress is being made in gender diversity. At the same time, there is increasing evidence that women actually make better leaders, and are more suited to the style of leadership needed today in organizations. What is the evidence to support the contention that women are better leaders? Kellie A. McElhaney and Sanaz Mobasseri of the Haas School of Business at…

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Why Second Best May Be Better Than Trying To Be Superstar

Want to be successful in your career and life? Just follow the example of the superstars of business, celebrities, professional athletes and entertainers. Emulate the habits of Tiger Woods (before his personal crisis), Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Lance Armstrong or Sir Richard Branson. Or at the organizational level, just follow the examples of Apple, GE or Google. That’s what we are told by thousands of books, movies, seminars, consultants and self-help gurus, exhorting people to follow the same steps, habits and secrets of the super successful, and they too will achieve the same outstanding results. The problem with this kind…

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Why “Busyness” is Not Productivity

Talk to almost anyone today, and they complain about having “no time,” about being too busy.  And we now equate that busyness to productivity and a characteristic of a successful life. The truth of the matter is that busyness does not result in greater productivity and that busyness is contributing to a culture of continuous anxiety and stress. “If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyhone how they’re doing,” contends Tin Kreider, in his article,…

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“Slow exercise” may be better than a fast sweat

Fitness and medical experts have inundated us with the advice of regular exercise to maintain a healthy body and mind. This is often portrayed by popular media and fitness clubs promote the vigorous, and even “no pain, no gain,” approach to fitness. There is some new research out now that indicates that a slower and more mindful approach to exercise may be just as, or even more beneficial for some people.

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