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Guide Dogs, Performance and Sleep: The “Morning” Advantage

July 19, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.” Mark Twain Enzo, our latest guide dog puppy who is now doing his “undergraduate” work to become a working service dog for the blind has always been an early riser. As a result we tend to be getting less sleep than we would really like. Yes, raising a […]




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Women ARE Better Leaders Than Men (Sometimes)

July 5, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Some leaders are born women.” Geraldine Ferraro A recent study of 25,000 Harvard Business School graduates found some interesting comparisons between men and women leaders who work full-time1. Women were significantly less likely than men to have direct reports (75% vs. 81%) and positions in senior management (41% vs. 57%) Additionally, men reported significantly more compatibility […]




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Sleep: The Key to Both High Productivity and Health

June 21, 2015 by Ken Nowack

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said “No, I made a few mistakes.” Steven Wright Over the years, I’ve written about the topic of sleep because of its important role related to both health and productivity.  Some important and still relevant research findings related to both are worth noting. […]




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The Inverted U-Curve of Life

May 31, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Moderation in all things, especially moderation.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson I would rate (and so would others) most of my skills in life as pretty average compared to others. In some things I’m pretty deeply developmentally delayed and won’t ever catch up (e.g., driving, reading a map, dancing, house painting). Maybe to achieve happiness and success it’s desirable to cultivate […]




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A Collection of Readings on Stress and Resilience

May 24, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” Stephen Wright The topic of work and life stress continues to be a research interest of mine and something I’ve written frequently about. I have such a strong interest in occpational stress and health I run another company called LifeHub that specializes in worksite wellness […]




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The Power of Social Support for Success Part II

May 10, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?.” Stephen Wright Gender Differences in Social Support I just read a research paper that suggested that marriage might not improve men’s health as once thought1. In a review of data gathered between 1972 and 2003 (more than one million men and women), […]




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The Power of Social Support for Success Part I

May 3, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Half the people you know are below average..” Stephen Wright The Influence of Social Support…On Yourself and Others It seems intuitive that being around co-workers, friends and family members who are happy should “rub off” on us. We even call this “emotional contagion.” Research based on the very well known Framingham Heart studies found that […]




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The Art of “Leaving the Office”

April 12, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“By working faithfully eight hours a day you may eventually get to be boss and work twelve hours a day.” Robert Frost Our own research suggests that 40% to 60% of all employees express a moderately high level of stress on the job. Our work and non-work lives are very permeable with most of us […]




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Leadership Development Shams: Why 360-Feedback Doesn’t Work

March 22, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.”   Franklin P. Jones Cigarettes in the United States all come with health warning labels on boxes—perhaps vendors should do the same in marketing and selling multi-rater assessments that are so commonly used by coaches, consultants and organizational practitioners. […]




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Talent Management Facts #44

March 1, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.” Steven Wright Another addition of leadership and talent management “facts” from all over the world. Some intuitive and some not….what do you think? 1. According to the CIPD/Halogen Software Employee Outlook survey, 33% of employees in the public sector stated they believed their organization’s […]




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