The Two Sides of Envy at Work

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Studies of workplace envy have surged in recent years as researchers look for ways to harness its power to inspire workers to aim higher, and to minimize its negative effects on office social dynamics. Back when she was in college, Alaina…

Can Geopolitical Decision-Making Benefit from a Little Bias?

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“I suggest that Washington, in no small part by virtue of his great confidence, was able to turn the tables and seize victory from the jaws of defeat, an achievement epitomized by his daring raid across the Delaware,” Dominic Johnson writes…

How Political Polarization Affects Our Personal and Professional Lives

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Listen to "#29 - How Political Polarization Affects Our Personal and Professional Lives" on Spreaker. In this episode of the Breaking the Fever podcast, we speak with Alison Goldsworthy, Laura Osborne, and Alexandra Chesterfield—the authors…

Ask a Good Question Every Day

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To an extraordinary degree, boards of directors can have the power to impact a C&E program simply by asking the right questions. The late Nobel Laureate in physics Isidor I. Rabi once said, ”My mother made me a scientist without ever…

The Challenge of Working Remotely That’s Gone Most Unappreciated

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To see so many businesses finally catch up to the technological reality—that many jobs can be remote—can feel like a wonderful side effect of the pandemic lockdown. The option to work remotely is wonderful and worth fighting for. It’s…

Remote Work and the Strategic Advantage of Culture

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q22cclehDjY In this virtual event, hosted by the New York Fed in July, Alison Taylor joined other panelists to discuss, among other things, how norms are transmitted in various work environments, and the…

The U.K. Government’s Sweeping Amnesty Proposal Is Seriously Flawed

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The scope of this proposal, regarding the Troubles in Northern Ireland, is far more extensive than the amnesty law adopted by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile in the 1970s. Last month, the British government announced a sweeping and ill-considered amnesty…

Companies Should Measure Their Levels of Workplace Bullshit

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People’s propensity to bullshit increases when the social expectations of having an opinion are high, the audience is unknowledgeable, and the speakers expect to get away with it. Like cheating in school, bullshitting is a way for people…

Getting Interrupted by Your Coworkers Is Good, Actually

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Providing employees greater autonomy in when and where they work helps enhance the positive effects of interruptions. No doubt it’s happened to you, in your dynamic work environment. You’re in the middle of some task at work, focused.…

How to Have Better Conversations About Ethics in Business

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The first step is to make conversations about ethics in business safe, interesting, and normal. It is often difficult, many people would agree, to talk about ethics in business. But why? It’s not because people don’t know what ethics…