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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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Six small acts that ignite purpose at work

Six small acts that ignite purpose at work

  Does your job feel bland and purposeless? Do you like your work but still yearn for a more meaningful existence? I suggest messing with your job — just a tad — to ignite it with purpose. You can help homeless families, protect the natural environment, support customers battling illness
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Why making others yawn is a good thing

Why making others yawn is a good thing

You’re with your spouse at your favorite restaurant after an arduous workday that started pre-sunrise. Understandably, you yawn while your honey shares an eye-opening LinkedIn post. Before you blurt out an apology, something odd happens. Your spouse yawns! They slept in, had a leisurely afternoon and had so much energy
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A rebel’s path to fulfilling work

A rebel’s path to fulfilling work

It’s probable that right this moment… ·     A valet parking attendant is inspecting tires and, if any are bald, will alert the car’s owner. ·     A fitness-loving construction inspector is writing an internal blog to help her colleagues adopt healthy behaviors. ·     A safety officer at a chemical manufacturing plant is telling workers
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A surprising prescription for your broken heart

A surprising prescription for your broken heart

My client, Jane, said “This election has turned me into a pathetic soft sack of emotion. I’m so saddened that I can barely function.” The next day I asked if she felt any better. “Not really. I left work early to get a pedicure. It didn’t help.” It doesn’t take
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Can menial be meaningful?

Can menial be meaningful?

“You can’t help me. I manage mostly wait staff who only work for the paycheck.” Ron, the owner of several restaurants, tells me this upon hearing that I help companies expand the societal impact of jobs, a practice called job purposing. Ron believes some jobs – like nursing – promote
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