• How Stress Affects Your Brain

    View the full lesson.

    When is stress good?

    When is stress bad?

    Explain what is bad about stress.

    What will you do to manage your stress?

  • Your Work Uniform

    Christina Binkley of The Wall Street Journal reports that you can simplify your life by wearing the same look everyday. In other words, wear your own uniform.

    Do you make a great first impression?

    What does it mean to look professional?

    Why would someone wear the same type of outfit to work everyday?

    Explain how you will choose your uniform.

  • This Little Device Tells You What's Really in the Food You Eat

    Consumer Physics, a company based in Israel, has developed the SCIO, a keychain-size tricorder that shoots a beam of light at something and instantly identifies it. In the video above, you will see the men gauge a fruit's exact calorie count and sugar and fat content.

    How might the SCIO change shopping?

    Explain who might find the SCIO useful.

    Explain who will not find the SCIO useful.

    Predict if the startup company, Consumer Physics, will be successful.

  • Insane Employee Perks at Tech Companies

    WhoIsHostingThis.com documents the most popular perks that top companies like Facebook, Google, AirBnb, Zynga, and Twitter are offering their workforce.

    Which tech company would you like to work for? Explain.

    Which perks are most important to you? Explain why.

  • 2016 Workforce-Skills Preparedness

    PayScale surveyed 63,924 managers and 14,167 recent graduates. Information about skills employers desire can be found at http://www.payscale.com/data-packages/job-skills

    The report included findings about promoting managers. There are certain skills commonly possessed by each level of management. For example, Managers and Supervisors often report possessing skills in People Management and Team Leadership, among other skills. Director-level workers report having skills like Strategic Project Management and Senior Financial Management, and common skills at the Executive-level include Business Development, Organizational Development and Strategic Planning.

    How prepared are you for the 2016 workforce?

    How will you learn the management skills to reach the next level on the corporate . . pyramid?

  • Private Notes of a Headhunter

    "Private Notes of a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students & Recent Grads" by Kenneth A. Heinzel gives the practical and the psychological aspects of job interviewing. Heinzel writes, "In the final analysis, a job search is also a search for yourself. It requires not only a sure knowledge of the territory, but also knowledge of who you are and what you really want in life."

    His job search fundamentals sound a lot like management's SWOT analysis. Heinzel writes that the goal is to "know yourself as best you can, from your strengths and weaknesses to your overall outlook on life."

    Be sure to answer the four basic questions below. Heinzel writes that they are asked in some form during a job interview.

    Who are you?

    Why are you here?

    What can you do for me?

    Why should I hire you?

  • Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid

    In this TED talk, Guy Winch presents, "Why we all need to practice emotional first aid." Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, but we don’t have to.

    Loneliness, failure, and rejection are examples. "Loneliness creates a deep psychological wound, one that distorts our perceptions and scrambles our thinking. It makes us believe that those around us care much less than they actually do. It make us really afraid to reach out, because why set yourself up for rejection and heartache when your heart is already aching more than you can stand?" Failure can trick our minds, also. "We all have a default set of feelings and beliefs that gets triggered whenever we encounter frustrations and setbacks." Rejection is painful.

    Managers need self-esteem. If you just become informed and change a few simple habits, you will become psychologically healthier.

    How can we take care of our emotions and minds with the same diligence we take care of our bodies?

  • 10 Practices of a "Best Company to Work For"

    10 Best Practices of a Best Company to Work For from O.C. Tanner

    This above SlideShare is from O.C. Tanner. It identifies the top 10 practices from Fortune's best companies to work for.

    How could you put at least one of the insights to work in your organization today to engage and inspire your employees to do great work?

  • What do people your age make?

    Using the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures, Credit Repair broke down income data to find trends by age, race, gender, education, and region – and the results may reshape the way many look at earning potential in America.

    Read the following article.

    How does your age affect how much you earn?

    What is the median income where you live?

    How does your level of education impact what you earn?

    How has income changed for each gender over time?

    How has income for different age groups changed over time?

  • Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future

    Dottie Clark is the author of "Reinventing You."  At the end of the book is a self-assessment, a series of questions that help people apply the ideas to their own lives. It is attached.

    What is your personal brand?

    What is your reputation?

    What do you want your reputation to be?

    Is there a gap? If so, how can you make your personal brand and your reputation match?

  • Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao on Inclusion and Diversity

    Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao and other female tech leaders shared some do's and don'ts for companies to improve inclusion and diversity in their industry.

    Do hire a human resources person.

    Don't have salary negotiations.

    Do have a clear anti-harassment policy.

    Don't inflate diversity numbers.

    Don't use bad surveys.

    Do use existing metrics.

    Do share your results.

    How will these seven recommendations, help tech companies, big and small, make improvements in training and resolving conflicts?

  • It is never too late!

    Sometimes, we think it is too late! But, it is never too late! 

    Michael Jordan failed to make his high school basketball team his freshman year. Yet, he persevered and became a basketball legend. The only real failure in any setback is to learn nothing from it and cease to grow. 

    Tell us about a time that you failed, what you learned from that mistake, and how you turned it into a success. What do you know you do well that you want to keep doing or do more of? With the benefit of hindsight, what could you have done differently to realize more of what you wanted? How might you approach a similar situation in the future? Imagine you’re recounting this experience five years from now.

    What do you think you’d tell people that you learned?

  • Get the Right Message Across with your Body Language

    We communicate non-verbally through our body language. Sometimes, we make mistakes.

    People may think you are not interested in the conversation if you

    • lean back
    • cross your arms or legs
    • don't make eye contact
    • make too much eye contact
    • clasp your hands
    • put your hands behind your back or in your pockets
    • touch your face, especially your nose or mouth
    • nod too many times
    • fidget
    • hunch your shoulders
    • wrap your feet around the legs of the chair
    • look at your watch or phone

    How will you show someone that you are interested in the conversation? 

  • The Top Pain Points of Performance Reviews

    Performance reviews should help employees improve their job results. But, many times, employees feel that they are being judged.

    What are the top pain points for performance reviews?

    Which one is your top complaint?

    How can managers make reviews meaningful to employees?