Can You Be Friends with Your Boss?

Josh Hay

Getting along with the people in our workplace is essential to being a happy and productive employee. For many of us, coworkers can even become lifelong friends. But what about our boss – should we try to be friends with them? Or what if your friendship precedes their role as your boss? There is no doubt that a close relationship … Read More

“3 Jokes Walk into an Office…”

Josh Hay

I’ve done it, you’ve done it. You tell a joke your spouse busted a gut over last night, but at work, it gets you stares that make you want to slide under the boardroom table. So below are seven steps for getting jokes right at work. The first three or four are fit inside each other like Russian dolls. These … Read More

For Success, Hire for Talent

Josh Hay

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If you had to choose between hiring a candidate for their skills or for their talents, which would you pick?  Let me give you a couple of quick definitions to assist you in your thinking: SKILL: A skill is something that you have learned to do. It is something you have experience with. TALENT: A talent is something that comes … Read More

The Talent Shortage Myth

Josh Hay

Organizations are who they hire. Whether an organization succeeds, or even survives, ultimately comes down to the talent and cultural fit of the people who work there. I work hard, I am dedicated, and I am a driven leader, but I can’t run my organization alone. Much of what we have accomplished as an organization is a result of who … Read More

How to Reduce Workplace Drama

Josh Hay

Do you ever get tired of relational drama at work?  I’m thinking of the kind where someone comes to talk to you about someone else: “You wouldn’t believe what Chris did today…”  It’s easy to become caught up in the stories our colleagues tell us about other people.  But getting caught up in the drama usually weakens our relationships and … Read More

Humor at Work: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Josh Hay

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What kind of jokes are healthy? What kind lead to good teamwork? Social scientist Rod Martin categorized humor into four categories and research on these four categories is being carried on throughout the world. While all of these categories can be good, too much of some can be dangerous. Below are the good, the usually good, and the slippery slope … Read More

Have Purpose – It’s Better Than Fun

Josh Hay

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This morning as I left the house, I said to my four-year-old daughter, “Have a fun day on your field trip!” And she replied, “Have a fun day at work!” Her reply made me smile. It made sense, especially because it came from a child. And yet, I couldn’t help thinking that while I like to have fun at work, … Read More

5 Warning Signs of Groupthink

Josh Hay

What is groupthink? Why should we avoid it, and how will we know it when we see it? We need others in our lives to do well—both at home and at work. We talk a lot about social support, about collaboration and about teamwork. We know three heads are better than one and that a strong team wins over a … Read More

Be Funnier at Work: 4 Easy Tips

Josh Hay

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We’d all like to be funnier. But science tells us there are two ways it could go:  Using jokes the wrong way can be bad for our careers.  Using jokes well increases our leadership, productivity and others’ trust in us. But scientists don’t have good tips on how to become funny. Seeing as our science guys seem stuck, I’m going … Read More

6 Ways to Find a Friend at Work

Josh Hay

Making friends can be a difficult thing. When my son started at a new high school he asked me who I thought his friends would be. My response was that like finds like and that good people are drawn to each other. I also explained that there were specific things he could do to help himself find a friend or … Read More