Work Friends Make Us More Productive (Except When They Stress Us Out)

Since almost the beginning of management research, we’ve known that social dynamics affect workplace performance. Indeed, one of the pivotal questions of Gallup’s famous employee engagement survey asks whether respondents “have a best friend at work.” But while friendship at work always being a good thing is a strong assumption, recent research suggests that having a close friend in the workplace … [Read more...]

5 Unsettling cyberthreats

Cyberthreats are typically boring, repetitive, and require a reasonably predictable remediation process. A SQL injection is a SQL injection, no matter who’s trying it.  But what about the outliers? What about threats that impact you, but you can’t remediate, or establish a policy to cover? Here are 5 cyberthreats that if you’re not frightened by, you should be. … [Read more...]

Being the Boss’s Favorite Is Great, Until It’s Not

We’ve all been in situations where the boss has a favorite. It’s frustrating to feel underresourced and underrecognized while someone else is getting all the attention. Ironically, though, it can be just as challenging to realize that you’re the boss’s new “pet.” Read more at https://hbr.org/2017/05/being-the-bosss-favorite-is-great-until-its-not … [Read more...]

To Change Your Strategy, First Change How You Think

It seems that everyone these days is looking for a disruptive business model. But a business model is only one part of the equation. Equally important is the mentalmodel behind the business model, as well as a measurement model for both. It’s the combination of mental, business, and measurement models that allows real transformation to occur. Read more here … [Read more...]

Writing Your Résumé When Your Job Title Doesn’t Reflect Your Responsibilities

You’re ready to make a career move, up to a higher level or into a different industry or an entirely new field. But your current title doesn’t match the titles on the job postings that most excite you. How do you avoid your applications getting tossed by HR or automated filters? How do you use your résumé to tell stories that match those new positions’ requirements? Read more here … [Read more...]

Passwords: The Keys To Your Online Life

When’s the last time you thought about your passwords? With over 90 billion passwords in existence today, the overall shift to online platforms and the boom in social media usage have made passwords an integral part of our daily online lives. Whether it’s connecting to a game with a Facebook profile, sharing Netflix credentials with a roommate, or asking a spouse to check a bank account … [Read more...]

The Very Real, Difficult Fight Against Tech Support Scams

Raise your hand if this sounds familiar: Your grandmother, father or some other senior individual in your life calls you claiming there’s something wrong with their computer -- someone has told them it’s infected with a virus. You are thankful they have alerted you because after you spend a few minutes (maybe even a few hours) investigating, you realize that they have been targeted by a tech … [Read more...]

How to Convince Your Boss to Let You Work from Home

More and more people are working remotely, and many say it improves their productivity and satisfaction — while also saving them time and money. If you’re commuting to an office every day but would like to work elsewhere on a weekly basis, how can you convince your boss to let you do so? What arguments or evidence should you use? And what factors will increase your chances of securing a regular … [Read more...]

Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi

In today’s busy world, convenience seems to outweigh consequence, especially with how people use their mobile devices. Using free public Wi-Fi networks, for example, comes with any number of serious security risks, yet surveys show that the overwhelming majority of Americans do it anyway. In a study by privatewifi.com, a whopping three-quarters of people admitted to connecting to their personal … [Read more...]

Good Cybersecurity Doesn’t Try to Prevent Every Attack

I discuss cybersecurity with hundreds of executives every year. The biggest mistake I see is companies treating cybersecurity solely as a technology matter for IT departments to solve. But it’s not. It’s an enterprise-wide opportunity that’s critically important. If the end game is preventing something bad from happening, companies typically waste time and money on futile attempts to build an … [Read more...]