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It turns out, we’re all pretty terrible at reading each other’s mood if we can’t see faces. Specifically, it’s harder to recognize a pleased look when it’s coming from the mouth. Anger and frustration, on the other hand, tend to show up more obviously in...

“So, Michael, tell me about yourself.” It’s not a trick question, but if you’re interviewing for a job, you want to be thoughtful about how you answer it. Most people freeze when they hear this question in an interview. Or they get nervous and overshare, starting...

Virtual negotiation is one of those things people either love or hate.  And whether it’s about negotiating for a job or brokering a deal, there’s a lot more of it happening via videoconferencing and email these days.  One recent study found that we’re significantly worse at reading...

1. Put the relationship first - mentoring requires rapport. Break the formal roles and find common ground as people.   2. Focus on building character - the best leaders go beyond competency training, focusing on helping to shape other people’s character, values, self-awareness, empathy, and capacity for...

It was recently in the news that Facebook’s chief diversity officer, Maxine Williams, will now report directly to COO Sheryl Sandberg instead of to the VP of Human Resources. This means a higher profile for Williams, and more emphasis on her role. But the news prompted...

“Stay positive!” might seem like a trite thing to say these days. But it’s more important than ever in the business world. If you’re leading a team, it’s your job to lead with optimism. Even if your company has endured layoffs, sick employees and an uncertain...

Having positive energy moving through the work environment is extremely important to the success of your company. Good energy can boost feelings of well-being, reduce anxiety and improve communication. It's important for anyone to be aware of the energy they are emitting, but even more...

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety. It's good to think about past failures to learn from those experiences, but it's not productive to keep circling through those thoughts.   Here are 5 strategies to make peace with work anxieties and failures: 1. Don't make it personal - separate failures...

Are you bored and antsy? Or stressed and overwhelmed? These seem to be the two current ranges of emotion, according to my colleagues and clients here at Prestige Scientific. Either way, there’s a common solution: more reading. Reading both relaxes and entertains. Here are the top 5...