Job search depression: What it entails and how to get through it

Carlson School of Management at University of Minnesota recently sponsored a study that examines how job loss and the hunt for a new job impact the job-seeker’s mental health and well-being. Perhaps the study’s findings don’t come as a surprise; job seekers often experience an emotional low following the loss of a job, feel better […]

Can Special Effects Be Special Again?

“You’ll believe a man can fly.” So proclaimed billboards and posters across the nation in 1978, in anticipation of the December release of Richard Donner’s Superman — The Movie. It wasn’t an idle promise. Although the Man of Steel had been depicted in numerous TV shows and cartoons over the years, Donner’s film vowed something […]

Why Mindfulness Is the Ultimate Habit for Success

There are habits you can develop that impact nearly every aspect of your personal and professional success. Running is a great example, because people who run regularly see powerful benefits, like having more energy, thinking more clearly and getting sick less often. I am a runner and a huge proponent of running, but I realize […]

5 reliable ways you can move outside your comfort zone

After 20 years as an investigative agent, I found myself in a comfort zone. Safely ensconced in familiar territory, I balked when asked to be the spokesperson for the FBI in Northern California. It sounded like fun and even a little glamorous because I would be interviewed by local and national news media. So why […]

That time marriage advice helped me manage my team

Isn’t it funny how work relationships are sometimes compared to a marriage, like “married to work” or he’s my “work husband”? Sort’ve makes sense, though: you spend a lot of time with your coworkers, and engage in emotional activities like celebrating big wins and debating the best approach to a problem. (We like to call […]

9 Ways Being a Happier Person Increases Productivity

As defined in a previous Calendar article, happiness is “both an emotion and a state. It’s a subjective term used to describe a wide-range of positive emotions, such as joy, pride, contentment, and gratitude.” Simply put there are many ways to become a happier person. And being a happier person increases productivity. Regardless of the […]

Why inclusive leaders care about mental health and stress at work.

Inclusive leadership is recognized as a robust approach to successfully managing teams, and increasingly senior leaders are asking for practical ways to build this into their leadership training. But let’s strip away the jargon, what exactly do we mean by being an inclusive leader? An inclusive leader is responsible for managing a team and with a specific emphasis on creating a culture where team members feel they […]