Corporate Driver: Expectations

Decision Fatigue

We pay a biological price for making decision after decision. “Decision fatigue” was coined by social psychologist Roy F. Baumeister to describe part of a phenomenon called ego depletion. He was able to demonstrate that the store of mental energy for exerting self-control is finite, confirming that “willpower” acts like a muscle—it can be fatigued …

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Effective Manager Management

You’ve probably heard the saying, “People don’t quit jobs, they quit bosses.” It reflects the research that shows that one of the most—if not the most–important predictor of job satisfaction is your relationship with your immediate supervisor. How they view you impacts the opportunities and access you have to interesting work and resources. Managing up …

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Powerful Interpretations

Every day provides tons of opportunities to interpret events. Unfortunately we often default to stories that disempower us, making it that much harder to perform. Creating a negative interpretation of disparate facts is a way we protect ourselves. However, emotions, especially negative ones, take a lot of energy and can result in poor judgment and …

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How can I stop psyching myself out?

Question: I often psych myself out before important meetings or presentations and then underperform. How can I stop? A.R. New York, NY Answer: Well the good news is that you realize that it’s completely within your control to change this habit. Usually psyching yourself out is related to a fear—for instance, that you’re not a …

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Rituals at Work

Work rituals help structure our days, keep us grounded and on track, and give us cues that tell us when to “turn on” and “turn off” work. They can also be used to create and reaffirm workplace culture by forging bonds, reaffirming hierarchies, and creating community based on shared experiences. Rituals can be a powerful …

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