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How People Judge Your Personality at Work

We form impressions about people quickly, often based on a fleeting glimpse of their behavior. In the workplace, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that everything you say and do—and much of what you don’t say and don’t do—can influence how others perceive you.

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Naomi Karten
Should Leaders Be Likable?

It's not the job of a leader to be likable. Still, for most leaders, there's little to be gained—and possibly much to lose—by being unlikable. But what makes someone likable isn't obvious. What traits and actions should a leader exhibit if he or she wants to be effective as well as likable?

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Naomi Karten
Understanding the Mix of Traits That Could Make You More Successful

Most of us look at optimism and pessimism as purely black or white: Optimism is always good, and pessimism is always bad. A new angle adds another dimension, where you identify as either credulous or skeptical. Could knowing "your pair" help you better achieve your work objectives?

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Mukesh Sharma
Debunking the Left-Brain/Right-Brain Myth

Supposedly, if you’re right-brained, you're more creative and artistic. If you’re left-brained, you’re more methodical and analytical. It turns out all this categorization is a myth. There's no evidence anyone uses one side of the brain more than the other or that either drives personality traits.

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Naomi Karten
The Dangers of Groupthink

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon in which everyone in a group goes along with a decision without critical evaluation of alternative ideas or viewpoints. The desire for harmony or conformity is so strong that no one dares say no. And it happens all the time in the workplace.

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Naomi Karten
When Smart People Do Dumb Things

Smart people obviously do a lot of smart things or they wouldn’t be considered smart people. But smart people sometimes do dumb things too. Naomi Karten gives us the rundown on what causes otherwise intelligent people to behave in foolish ways.

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Naomi Karten
The Importance of Laughter

For a long time, many organizations dismissed laughter at work as a distraction from getting the job done. Fortunately, this view is gradually changing as people come around to realizing that laughter is an important component of wellness.

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Naomi Karten
How to Overcome the Impostor Syndrome and Excessive Self-Doubt

The impostor syndrome concerns feelings of inadequacy and excessive self-doubt. People with this syndrome believe they’re frauds and fear that others will discover their inadequacies. Naomi Karten writes of this disorder and how to overcome it.

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Naomi Karten