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Feel Like a Fraud? This Short Quiz Will Reveal Just How Bad Your Imposter Syndrome Is

By Stacey Gawronski

All of us, at one point or another, have questioned our capabilities and competence. Maybe you’ve wondered how you got hired and handed big job responsibilities. Or, maybe the fact that you keep getting promoted keeps you up at night. You might even think it’s only a matter of time before you’re found out, called into your boss’ office and told that your time at the organization has come to a swift end. In fact, research reported in a NY Mag article published this week suggests that “if you haven’t had a moment in which you were buffeted by these sorts of fears, you’re in the minority.”

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How to Train Your Brain to Write More Concisely: 6 Creative Exercises to Try

Written by Eddie Shleyner | @VeryGoodCopy

Every time I write, my goal is to write easy-to-read sentences.

I never want my audience to stumble or slow down or start a sentence over. That’s why, whenever possible, I use simple words instead of jargon, periods instead of semicolons, and active voice instead of passive voice. Most importantly, though, that’s why I strive to write concisely.




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5 Habits of Happy People (That Don't Include Reading Self-Help Books)

By Peter Economy of Inc.

According to Jessica Pryce-Jones, author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success, happy people have 180% more energy than their peers, and they are 155% happier at work. They are also 150% happier with their lives and scored 50% higher in motivation than their peers. And, lastly, she found that happy people are 50% more productive!

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4 Steps All Introverts Should Take to Boost Their Creativity (and Let Their Genius Shine!)

By Andre Sólo of Introvert, Dear

Not all creative people are introverts, and not all introverts are super creative. But some of history’s greatest artists and writers have thrived on alone time—and not by coincidence. Introverts have the power to imagine and, when everything lines up, the power to take what we see and make it real.

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Gwen Stefani thought her stardom would fade. It didn't, and it's because she's far savvier than many realize

Written by Daniel Roth

In late March, Gwen Stefani achieved a music milestone that only a dozen or so artists before her had accomplished: she hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart as a solo artist after having previously done so with a band. The first time it was with No Doubt in the late 1990s; this time it was on her own with This Is What the Truth Feels Like. The other musicians who’d charted with a group and on their own required just single names to be recognized: Clapton, Beyonce, Lennon, McCartney, Joplin.

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By Breanne Harris

For years, we’ve been hearing about the importance of critical thinking in the workplace. Critical thinking ranked #1 on the Most Important Skills for Next Gen Leaders on the EDA/Pearson Trends in Executive Development Survey since 2012. The same survey also identified critical thinking as the skill most lacking in next gen leaders. According to, the number of job postings that mention critical thinking skills has doubled since 2009.

Editor’s Note: Breanne Harris is the Solutions Architect for Pearson TalentLens.  She works with customers to design selection and development plans that incorporate critical thinking assessments and training.  She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology and has experience in recruiting, training, and HR consulting.  She is the chief blogger for Critical Thinkers and occasionally posts at ThinkWatson.  Connect with her on LinkedIn and Twitter for more of her thoughts.

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The surprising habits of original thinkers

by Adam Grant  Organizational psychologist

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

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Powerful Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things

Written by Dr. Travis Bradberry

Given the right circumstances, good people can get caught up in some very bad things. More often than not, psychology is to blame.


Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, TIME, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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by Alex Crumb

What do you value? If you are reading this, you work at a business, or perhaps run a business, and within that sphere, certain articles hold value. First, ask what you value at work. Do you value your paycheck? Do you value your co-workers? Do you value the coffee machine? Do you value your email inbox; the tidier, the better?

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Converse, Old Spice & More: 6 Famous Brands That Made Inspiring Comebacks

Written by Erik Devaney | @bardofboston

Consumer sentiment for a brand is like a fire. During the good times, it's a roaring campfire, emanating heat and light and making everybody around it happy. During the bad times, it's the flickering flame of a candle, barely shining through the darkness. And during the really bad times, the fire is roaring once again ... but only because everything is burning to the ground.

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The 9 Habits of Insanely Likable and Charismatic People

Written by Scott Tousley | @

If a conversation ends after “So what do you do?” … things can get awkward.

At this point, we don’t know what else to say. We stink at small talk. We are shy. We are insecure. We’re introverted. Whatever the reasoning or logic, awkward conversations are, well, awkward. It’s uncomfortable for everyone.


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8 Powerful TED Talks on Designing a More Productive Life

Written by Leslie Ye | @lesliezye

For many of us, achieving peak productivity can seem like a Sisyphean struggle. Every once in a while, we’ll think we’ve got our inboxes or to-do lists up-to-date, triaged, and under control. And then something else comes along that throws a giant wrench in all our grand plans -- a tempting off-campus lunch, a last-minute request from your boss’s boss, or a cat GIF storm you can’t help but participate in.

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