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A man who loved every job he ever had shares how it’s done

A man who loved every job he ever had shares how it’s done

The civil engineer leans against his desk. “Want to know the best part of my work?” he asks. I, the only other person in his office, nod vigorously enough for a crowd. The engineer pulls his khaki pants over his sizable belly and walks past his MIT diploma to a
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If your job is just “OK,” you might not be

If your job is just “OK,” you might not be

Most of us will take half our waking breaths at work. As if this hefty contribution of time weren’t enough, we also invest emotionally. We agonize over a conflict with a colleague, obsess over a forthcoming presentation, rejoice in attaining a quarterly goal and otherwise live the ups and downs
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What’s worse than working while sleep deprived?

What’s worse than working while sleep deprived?

We’ve all suffered through it. Whether it’s because of a sick child, late-night concert or, in my case, ridiculous vampire novel, we’ve showed up to work sleep deprived. We try to excel but can’t drum up motivation. Caring about the quality of our product or attentively listening to a coworker
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Your most undervalued trait

Your most undervalued trait

Raul is why I changed college majors, attended graduate school, started my business, donated to charity last week and wrote this post. I came across Raul in Caracas, Venezuela, when I was nine years old. I was staring out the passenger-side window of the family air-conditioned sedan trying to tune
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White supremacy: What’s a CEO to do?

White supremacy: What’s a CEO to do?

If you’re an American business leader, this week likely threw you into a professional conundrum: Should you take a public stand against white supremacy knowing you’ll jump into treacherous political waters? Brands have traditionally been mute on political issues and active only in apolitical societal causes — reading to children,
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You won’t believe what increases income

You won’t believe what increases income

Are you motivated to strengthen your community, clean up our environment or otherwise make a positive social impact? If so, such a sense of purpose might help your finances. Research by Anthony Burrow and three other academics uncovered a positive causal relationship between purpose and wealth. (I’m naming only Burrow as he’s
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What gets the Yankees playing their best?

What gets the Yankees playing their best?

During one particular week in each of the last nine seasons, the New York Yankees have won 72% of games. This not only beats their regular record, which is 56% wins, it also beats the best team in baseball on almost any day (for example, the Houston Astros lead the
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Adam Smith, founder of CSR

Adam Smith, founder of CSR

Last week a Fortune 500 executive told me he was “personally interested in [company name] making a positive social impact.” After a pause he added “But, obviously, economists would caution that corporate social responsibility is financially imprudent.” Like this gentleman, many of us assume the great economic thinkers disapproved of
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Want to dig your job? Work like a caveman (or cavewoman)

Want to dig your job? Work like a caveman (or cavewoman)

Think your fancy modern job is better than the primitive jobs of our ancestors? Maybe not. It’s unlikely cave dwellers grumbled about the day they endured to put dinner on their stone tables. Anthropologists believe pre-historic humans legitimately enjoyed working. The legacy of these happy laborers appears to survive in
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