“Severance” and the Philosophy of Separating Work-Me from Home-Me

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If you could take work-life balance to its most literal extreme, what would it look like? That’s the central theme of Severance, the sci-fi series that has just finished airing on Apple TV.

Why Public Discourse Has Become So Stupid

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In this episode of The Good Fight, host Yascha Mounk speaks with Jonathan Haidt about how we can make social media less toxic, what political and technological reforms might help fix the problem, and how we can empower the moderate majority to fight for its values.

Conflicts of Interest and the Dark Side of Professionalism

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A high self-concept of professionalism often coexists with a shallow notion of the concept and can paradoxically lead to detrimental outcomes. Perhaps my favorite ethics story is when the senior partner of a law firm was confronted by a…

Why Leaders Need to Prioritize Their Team’s Mental Health

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Untreated mental health issues can directly impact their performance at work—and if an individual’s mental health challenges are directly tied to their job, they will likely quit in an effort to improve their well-being. Mental health…

Emphasizing Brilliance at Work Creates a Toxic, Discouraging Atmosphere for Women

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It’s not the emphasis on brilliance that discourages women from some work spheres, but rather the aggressively competitive culture that seems to come along with it, research suggests. Workplaces that emphasize brilliance are perceived…

How to Lead in a Hybridized Workplace

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The personal lives of those we lead have now become relevant to our work life in ways we’ve never seen. Leaders everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to navigate the fast-changing rules of a hybrid workplace. Too many are grasping…

The Status Game Doesn’t Have to Be Zero-Sum

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“Prestige,” Will Storr writes in The Status Game, “is our most marvelous craving.” Do you ever get a niggling feeling that other people are doing better than you? Don’t worry, we all do. And rest assured, social comparison isn’t…

Are You a More Holistic or Analytic Thinker? Take This Quiz to Find Out

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There now tends to be more cultural diversity within societies than between them—including in thinking styles. Left-brain or right-brain? Creative or critical? Analytic or holistic? We love to divide the world into simple dichotomies.…

Corporate America Has a Caste Problem

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Unwittingly, businesses and civil society in the US may have facilitated the dominant caste practices through preferential hiring of Indians (in reality, they are hiring only higher castes). Silicon Valley's diversity problems are not hidden,…

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…