What FDR, Churchill, and Shackleton can teach us about leadership during the coronavirus crisis

What FDR, Churchill, and Shackleton can teach us about leadership during the coronavirus crisis:
As a historian at the Harvard Business School, I study courageous leaders, especially men and women working in crisis situations. When I began this work, almost 20 years ago, I never imagined living through turbulence of this magnitude. I could not foresee that we would all be swept up in such a high-stakes moment, characterized by great uncertainty and collective fear.

6 Places Where You Can Find Free Online Courses

6 Places Where You Can Find Free Online Courses:
If you’ve always wanted to go back to college but never got a chance, take advantage of the present situation and embrace self-paced learning. Now’s a great time to learn new skills—or improve existing ones. Sure, you might not be able to attend a physical class, but guess what: you can learn without leaving your couch or even spending any money. How? By enrolling in a free online course. Whether you’re looking to boost your employability or learn something new just for fun, below are six great

6 ways to show your boss you’re a high-potential employee

6 ways to show your boss you’re a high-potential employee:
If you want to get ahead in the workplace, it helps to be seen as a “high-potential employee,” or HIPO. As reported previously in Fast Company, Gartner’s research finds that HIPOs exert 21% more effort than their non-HIPO peers and have a 75% chance of succeeding at roles that are critical to business performance and the future leadership pipeline. These are the folks who get plum assignments and are selected for training, mentoring, and other advancement programs, if they’re available. So, if

5 career strategies that coincidentally help you sleep better

5 career strategies that coincidentally help you sleep better:
Ada Calhoun’s book, Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis, has gotten a lot of attention in the past few weeks. The book highlights the many pressures Gen X women face, from aging parents to record debt to C-suite expectations, resulting in what is all of our truth: a lack of sleep. Like the women in Calhoun’s book, I have my fair share of sleepless nights. And as an Asian-American, female CEO in advertising–an industry with a history of gender bias and some very real barriers to the C-

I asked experts to analyze my to-do lists. This is what they found

I asked experts to analyze my to-do lists. This is what they found
As a solopreneur juggling multiple projects, clients, and income streams—copywriting, journalism, anthology editing, and event organizing—my to-do list feels never-ending. Make that my to-do lists, plural, because the gargantuan version I write each morning always morphs into up to a dozen smaller ones, some jotted by hand, some tapped into my phone or drafted via email. Keeping up with my to-do lists feels like a job in and of itself. Often my lists don’t seem to have any priority, with larger

5 ways to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace

5 ways to overcome imposter syndrome in the workplace:
Imposter syndrome is a phenomenon that was discovered in the 1970s, but is only more recently being publicly acknowledged in workplace culture. It is when successful or high-achieving individuals doubt their competence and hold back from taking risks for fear of failure. Employees can express imposter syndrome in various ways, such as acting insecure about their abilities, second-guessing decisions, and being afraid of taking on new challenges. Leaders are in a unique position to help combat

7 powerful ways introverts can uniquely contribute to the workplace

7 powerful ways introverts can uniquely contribute to the workplace:
Introverts can be a great asset at work. Jane Finkle has 25 years of experience as a career coach for universities and has run her own career counseling firm since 2002. Introverts can sometimes feel overlooked in today’s fast-paced workplace as they are less likely to speak up or want to stand out. However, their shy and reserved nature can make them a great asset in the workplace, especially to balance out extroverted coworkers. Introverts excel at staying focused, offering empathy, and being

5 ways you can get more comfortable taking criticism

5 ways you can get more comfortable taking criticism:
Steven Pressfield, in his bestseller The Art of War, says: “The professional gives an ear to criticism, seeking to learn and grow.” If you’re a writer (or any creator), you probably know this to be true. You’ve likely tried to accept feedback in a bid to improve your work. But I’m willing to bet that every time someone doesn’t like what you wrote or produced, it stings. And it’s personal, too. Anytime I’m in a presentation, my fight or flight response kicks in—usually, a half-second before my

Feeling burned out? This is why working less isn’t enough

Feeling burned out? This is why working less isn’t enough
Last year, journalist Anne Helen Petersen wrote a widely shared piece in Buzzfeed naming millennials the “Burnout Generation”. According to Petersen, we’re overworked, underpaid, and often paralyzed by the systemic dysfunction of our increasingly volatile world. As a result, many of us struggle with even the most basic tasks of “adulting,” like paying bills or registering to vote. One year later, things seem worse than ever. Wages have continued to stall…

The one thing resilient leaders do differently

The one thing resilient leaders do differently:
Pressure has become an inevitable part of daily life. It’s unavoidable. But the best leaders and organizations adapt promptly without getting thrown off course by the uncertainty and the rapid rate of modern business. The one thing that sets them apart is a resilient mindset. Resilience is the ability to withstand pressure and challenges while maintaining your psychological and physical well-being. Rather than waiting to act until burnout has hit, practicing a resilient mindset is a proactive

How to turn the job you have into one you love

How to turn the job you have into one you love
If you dread going to work, now isn’t a bad time to look for a new job. After all, it’s the start of a new year, and the unemployment rate is low. Another option, however, is to find happiness where you are by changing your mindset about your current role, suggests Tom Rath, author of the forthcoming book Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Contribute to the World. “All careers have spikes and valleys and are bumpy along the way,” he says. “It’s easier for some of us to become frustrated and

Ask yourself these 2 questions to decide between a job that’s more prestigious and a job that’s more fulfilling

Ask yourself these 2 questions to decide between a job that’s more prestigious and a job that’s more fulfilling
The job you choose depends on your goals and the experience you’re looking for. It can be difficult to choose between two job offers, especially if one company has prestige and the other doesn’t. Prestige and a lucrative salary can become less appealing further into your career, but how you ultimately decide depends on your personal and professional goals.

You’ve hit a plateau in your business or career. Now what?

You’ve hit a plateau in your business or career. Now what?
When I started my software company, we received more job offers than what I could realistically handle. At the time, I thought that the best thing for me to do would be to say yes to them all and reframe the situation as a challenge to conquer. It worked for a while—but eventually, I got to the point where the only growth that I could pursue was scaling the business for more clients and more employees. That vision wasn’t particularly inspiring for me. I wanted my name associated with things that