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Should You Hire Someone with a Criminal Record?

Companies that give ex-offenders a fresh start may be rewarded with employees who stick around.

Using the psychology of persuasion to sell a new idea.
Innovation

Four Tips to Persuade Others Your Idea Is a Winner

Want to shake up the status quo? Use psychology to your advantage.

Countering the effects of launching a startup in a recession.
Organizations

Businesses Born in a Recession Tend to Start Smaller and Stay Smaller

Yet there are ways business owners can counter these long-term effects.

Leadership

Three Ways Leaders Can Solve the “People Problems” That Hold Teams Back

Sometimes the conference room should be a boxing ring, other times a campfire.

An employee is motivated by a performance incentive.
Careers

Do Performance Incentives Make Us Greedy?

How we are rewarded shifts our values in surprising ways.

Organizations

Video: When Expectations Clash, Is the Problem Cultural?

You’ll do well to understand where others are coming from.

A boss decides which leadership style to use.
Leadership

How to Be a Good Boss: Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Research explores the pros and cons of two distinct leadership styles.

What Does It Take to Foster a “Culture of Responsibility” like the U.S. Army’s?

An inside look at why soldiers line up to take the blame.

Strategy

Video: Let Virtue Build Your Bottom Line

Trustworthiness pays off, especially in the midst of uncertainty.

Careers

4 Tips to Gain Influence in Your Organization

You have more power than you think—here’s how to harness it.

A businessman with unethical amnesia stomps through a city.

We Remember Our Coworkers’ Misdeeds, but What about Our Own?

“Unethical amnesia” helps preserve our positive self-image.

Organizations

Video: How We Signal Trust in the Workplace

From innovating Oreos to scaling Everest, communicating trust can build your business.

Why Do You See the World as More Fair Than I Do?

The amount of racism or classism you perceive likely depends on how much you favor social hierarchies.

Organizations

Appointing a Female CEO? Beware of Media Attention

Investors are skittish when new CEOs get lots of press, but only when those leaders are women.

A man is in the wrong frame of mind to make a risk-related decision.

Ready to Make a Risky Decision? Your Words Suggest Otherwise

Mining digital communications for emotions can lead to better decisions.

How a Family Business Can Capitalize on Its Unique Culture

You need a different playbook when the CEO is your sister.

The final stretch of a job can prompt unethical behavior.

Employees Are More Likely to Cheat on Their Way out the Door

The temptation to act unethically is plentiful in the gig economy.

A vampire unethical boss tries to request unethical behavior from an employee.

How to Protect Yourself from an Unethical Boss

To ward off immoral requests, take a lesson from vampire lore.

Innovation

Does Your Company Need a “MacGyver”?

A scrappy insider might be the best innovator for your business.

Strategy

To Grow Your Company, Create Products from Services

For service-based businesses, scaling requires a strategy shift.