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The Reads You Need to Excel at Work

Our curated recommendations of research, articles, and insights to engage your curiosity and to take your work-life to the next level.


Lead How Toxic Is Your Workplace Exactly? Quite Toxic If These 8 Things Keep Happening Every Day

Published: July 19, 2018   |   Source: Inc.

According to UNC’s Keenan-Flagler Business School, it is estimated that toxic workplaces cost U.S. employers $23.8 billion annually in the form of absenteeism, health care costs, lost productivity, and more. A company’s most valuable asset–its people–is rendered incapable to perform at a high level because most are too distracted by people...


Why Women Volunteer for Tasks That Don’t Lead to Promotions

Published: July 16, 2018   |   Source: Harvard Business Review

Here’s a work scenario many of us know too well: You are in a meeting and your manager brings up a project that needs to be assigned. It’s not particularly challenging work, but it’s time-consuming, unlikely to drive revenue, and probably won’t be recognized or included in your performance evaluation....


Why Emotional Courage Is So Essential To Great Leadership

Published: July 6, 2018   |   Source: Forbes

In my work as a career and leadership coach with mid- to senior-level leaders each year, I’ve seen that the vast majority of the “leadership” or “career” challenges that my clients are facing are actually not career-related or professional in nature at all. They are emotional and internal. These leaders...


3 Transitions Even the Best Leaders Struggle With

Published: July 2, 2018   |   Source: Harvard Business Review

We love to read about the dynamics of success. We study it, celebrate it, and try to emulate how successful leaders rise to the top. I’m no different: I’ve spent my career helping executives succeed, either through coaching and development or assessments of their strengths and opportunity areas to identify...


How to Build a Kinder Workplace When Its Leaders Don’t

Published: June 19, 2018   |   Source: Fast Company

Work culture is generally thought to be the preserve of leaders to shape, improve, and protect–and rightly so. They’re the on the hook to build more equitable, empathetic, and well-being-focused organizations and need to be held accountable to do so. Yet too many of them fail. Recent headlines are packed...


The Bad Feedback Myth

Published: June 14, 2018   |   Source: Thrive Global

Feedback is challenging. This is not a revelation for most of you, as research has shown that employers often actively avoid providing feedback. For those on the receiving end, the desire for feedback is clear, but once received, the ensuing internal debate on the worth of said feedback begins to...


Dealing With Impostor Syndrome When You’re Treated as an Impostor

Published: June 12, 2018   |   Source: New York Times

Last May, I walked into a room of impeccably dressed journalists at a media event in Los Angeles. I tugged on my pilly cardigan and patted down my frizzy bangs. When a waiter presented a tray of sliced cucumbers and prosciutto and asked, “Crudité?” I resisted the temptation to shove...


5 Ways to Hack Into the Mindset You Need For Tough Conversations

Published: June 8, 2018   |   Source: Fast Company

Earlier this year, a young man I’d been coaching approached me with an enviable problem: He was months away from graduating from a prestigious master’s program and juggling multiple offers from three well-known tech companies. They were each offering him widely different compensation packages and all had different timelines for...


Why Starbucks’s Bias Training, Despite Skepticism, Is an Important Start

Published: May 28, 2018   |   Source:

Starbucks will temporarily shut 8,000 stores for four hours Tuesday afternoon to conduct racial bias training for its employees. It follows an incident in Philadelphia last month in which two black men were arrested simply for waiting in a store. What would seem like a positive step forward is already,...


The Different Words We Use to Describe Male and Female Leaders

Published: May 25, 2018   |   Source:

We like to think of ourselves as unbiased and objective in our employment decisions, but with two equal candidates, who are you going to promote? Someone who is described in their performance evaluations as analytical or someone who is described as compassionate? On the other end of the employment spectrum,...


Do Pro-Women Groups on Campus Discriminate Against Men?

Published: May 23, 2018   |   Source: Wall Street Journal

Federal officials have opened investigations into whether programs supporting women at Yale University and the University of Southern California violate federal law by discriminating against men.


Stanford Creates Innovation Lab to Advance Women in the Workplace with $15M Gift

Published: May 22, 2018   |   Source: Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

Stanford University has launched the VMware Women’s Leadership Innovation Lab, an ambitious research and collaboration initiative that seeks to permanently close the gender divide in the workplace. The lab is made possible by a $15 million gift from a donor-advised fund of VMware, the Palo Alto-based information technology giant that...