Personal Development

4 good things about being selfish

Selfishness is often seen as a negative quality, but Melissa Deuter, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center, disagrees. She and another expert offer a few reasons why being selfish can be good for you.

What's your work personality?

If you have a work personality that clashes with others, you won’t get very far, says Shane Atchison, CEO at creative agency Possible.

10 steps toward self-confidence

You know this already: It takes confidence to advance. You also know that self-confidence can be hard to hang onto. Luckily, you can learn to feel confident.

1-Minute Strategies: September '14

Stop underpromising and overdelivering ... Fight stress and anxiety with a trip to an art museum ... Learn to distinguish between smart multitasking and being “on the fast track to burn out.”

Overconfidence can benefit your career

Research shows overconfidence can raise your status even if you don’t have the skills to back it up. A paper on the subject by Jessica Ken­­nedy of Vanderbilt University and Cam­­eron Anderson and Don Moore of UC Berkeley attempts to explain this phenomenon.

What great admins do well

Bonnie Low-Kramen, author of Be the Ultimate Assistant, explains six things that make assistants good at their jobs and irreplaceable to their employers.

Stop rumination from ruining your day

Focusing on bad feelings and experiences from the past can be a barrier to your present and fu­­ture success. So, how do you stop it?

4 ways to be more approachable

If you’re shy, standoffish, awkward or all three, it will put a damper on your ability to get ahead. Try these tips from Barbara Pachter to let your guard down a little and be more approachable.

Overconnected and need a disconnect?

You’re not alone if you find yourself needing to “digitally detox” and come up with creative ways to ban digital devices from parts of your life. Caroline Tell, The New York Times, came up with a few ways to do it.

Feel underappreciated? You're not alone

Feeling underappreciated can in­­tro­­duce bitterness into your work rela­­tionships, which will negatively affect your work. The lack of acknowl­­edgment for your contribution can lead to bad feelings and an unwillingness to compromise when it comes to making decisions with a partner or co-workers, write Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer of Banyan Family Business Advisors.