If and when you return to your pre-pandemic job, you will compare your workplace to what it was like before COVID-19 struck. Washingtonian Media CEO Cathy Merrill wrote this month an op-ed about the likely loss of her company’s pre-pandemic culture of collaboration and creativity. …


Jacqueline Novogratz and Acumen Show Us How

Pursuing your full potential seems like a worthy goal, but also feels unrealistic and frustrating. Perhaps, the best aspiration is to realize more of our potential by finding the most gratifying pathways toward our best possible futures.

Graphic: Dick Close

Thinking about Human Potential

The subject…


How to Make Bad and Good Decisions about Risk

The Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing seven people. The disaster took place decades ago and was not caused by a virus. …


Life and work seem especially complicated these days. Analogies, even imperfect ones, can help us make big decisions such as those we all face with the pandemic.

Bad Decisions with the Challenger

The Challenger space shuttle exploded shortly after liftoff, killing seven people. The date was January 28, 1986. …


Don’t Fall Prey to the Not Invented Here Syndrome

It’s not controversial — I’m pretty sure — to say that Donald J. Trump’s personality and management style are unique. Can we learn anything about leadership from the U.S. president?

Yes, a lot, if only we try.

We Can Learn about Leadership from Donald J. Trump

People love to criticize…


The “Maslow Pyramid” was Magnificent but Confining. Put Yourself in Charge.

What motivates people (including you)? This age-old question is everlasting due to so many possible and multi-faceted answers.

What’s your first thought in reacting to that question? For many, it’s a pyramid with five colored layers displaying Abraham Maslow’s…


Crisis Management and the NIH Syndrome

It’s not controversial — I’m pretty sure — to say that Donald J. Trump’s personality and management style are unique. Can the rest of us learn any lessons from the U.S. president about leadership, particularly in a crisis?

Critics say that we can learn…


In the United States, we’ve reached a tipping point where the public is concerned and alarmed about climate change. Experts and laypeople alike assert the need for more extensive and productive climate action to deliver a future safer than the one we now face.

Now — not later — is…


In the United States, we’ve reached a tipping point where the public is concerned and alarmed about climate change. Experts and laypeople alike assert the need for more extensive and productive climate action to deliver a future safer than the one we now face.

Now — not later — is…


I just read a smart piece slamming the self-help industry. It makes big, important points. I won’t disagree — this is not a setup for a counter-slam — but I will offer some supplemental and complementary evidence and thoughts.

While acknowledging that the advice sometimes helps, the article states that…

Thomas Bateman

Tom Bateman lives in Chicago and is professor emeritus, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia.

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