Here are the stories you loved in Leadership, for the month of May.
It might sound crazy, but imagining someone you just met fighting over a ham in a basketball uniform is less awkward than forgetting their name five seconds after they tell you. This memory tactic—helping remember names, faces, and identifying details—can be your secret.
Networking is essential to success but can be painful if you don't know what to say. Don’t waste opportunities because small talk is difficult. Come prepared, ask thoughtful questions, and get comfortable with the lull to make new connections—and even friends.
Scott Adams, Cindy Gallop, Arianna Huffington—they all faced what could have been the end of their careers, if they didn’t have the right amount of grit and optimism.
Estonia is teaching five-year-olds how to code, South Korea is investing in 5G, and both are lapping the U.S. in broadband speeds. Watch your back, Silicon Valley.
If you’re just going through the motions, it’s time to reassess—and asking, “Why am I here?” isn’t enough. You’d never leave business results to chance; get focused about your path with a personal statement of purpose.
These employees are living the dream, and are more productive for it. Feel free to hand this article in to your boss as part of your case for shorter work weeks. You’re welcome.
“For people to work best, they need choice,” says author Susan Cain. Arranging your workspace to give people options on how much sociability, isolation, deep focus and stimulating surroundings can make everyone happy, after all.
“Chief Paradigm Officer” isn’t a title from a space adventure, and a “Crystal Ball Gazer” might be in your next job opening description. Having the right people in these imaginative yet practical positions could complete your team.
Who in their right mind would fire Sallie Krawcheck or Mark Cuban? These leaders got canned, and got back on their feet in big ways.