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Archive: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Three myths about vacation and productivity

n creative and intellectual industries, pulling power for tomorrow contributes more to share-price than today's productivity. So what employers really care about is knowing that you'll stay committed, regardless of whether you're at the office or on the beach. The insightful sociologist Mark Suchman once told me of a billboard that bothered him. It showed a woman lounging on a beach chair typing away on her laptop. The caption read: "In the office of the future, there will be no office." Suchman said: "While my eyes read the caption accurately, my brain offered a mischievous - but truer - reading: In the vacation of the future, there is no vacation."

By Ian Saleh | August 20, 2010; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (16)

Of course you need a vacation

The truth of the matter is that intense physical, intellectual and emotional demands imposed by high-level work simply do not permit an easy cycle between professional tasks and personal relaxation. In juggling work relationships and relationships outside of work each can suffer from obligations imposed by the other. A little vacation time - however you can get it - might be just what you need to rejuvenate, and re-set priorities and commitments.

By Ian Saleh | August 20, 2010; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

Managing the Albert Haynesworths

Overvaluing smart, talented employees is a practice as common on the playing field as it is in the boardroom. Look no further than the Cincinnati Bengals, where there is much speculation as to whether Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco can coexist effectively, let alone how their overwhelming star power will impact the rest of their teammates.

By Ian Saleh | August 19, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Women's Progress is Global Progress'

It's not that women need our help. We need theirs. The reality is simple, women's progress means global progress, and any advances being made on the economic front are tenuous if they're not reinforced by women's increased access to social and political opportunity.

By Ian Saleh | August 17, 2010; 12:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's right (and wrong) with Obama's brain

I study leadership through the lens of how the human brain functions.While I haven't studied Obama's brain directly, from watching his mannerisms I have hunch that Obama's brain is different to that of our earlier commanders-in-chief.

By Ian Saleh | August 16, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (13)

 
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