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The “Secret” to Career Success for Both Men and Women

February 15, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“You can observe a lot by watching.” Yogi Berra What factors are most important to an individual’s career success and how do they contribute to it? A fairly recent study tried to answer this question in an unusual way — by analyzing the speeches of baseball stars when they are inducted into the National Baseball […]




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The Importance of Leaving the Office Physically and Mentally

February 8, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.” Satchel Paige 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 taking work stress home and home stress to our job1. […]




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Life Success: “When to Hold em and When to Fold em”

January 25, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run”  Kenny Rogers THE PREDICTIVE POWER OF “HOLDING” In a series of studies by Angela Duckworth and colleagues, individuals demonstrating “grit” were more likely to be successful in both academic and job related measures of […]




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Everything You Wanted to Know About Stress (and Resilience)

January 11, 2015 by Ken Nowack

“I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?” She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.”    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 […]




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Make a Habit Not to Make a Habit on New Years

December 28, 2014 by Ken Nowack

“Do or do not… there is no try.” Yoda Are you going to make a New Years resolution in 2015? If you are like most people you will–and probably will relapse back to your old habits within 90 days. Old habits are indeed very tough to break and relapse seems greatest when we are under stress. […]




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Work, Vacations and Drinking (In that Order)

August 31, 2014 by Ken Nowack

“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Vince Lombardi Work Hours and Health How many hours, on average, a day do you work? Less than 7 7 to 8 9 to 11 More than 11 If you regularly work very long hours, you may want to reconsider. A study by Mika Kiivimaki […]




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Talent Management Facts #39

August 24, 2014 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. Stress is the number one workforce risk issue, ranking above physical inactivity and obesity, according to the 2013/2014 Towers Watson […]




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Do You Believe in Miracles?

August 3, 2014 by Ken Nowack

“I can believe anything provided it is incredible.” Oscar Wilde In a relatively new study, 61.3% of the public and 20.2% of professionals believe that a miracle can a save person in a persistent vegetative state and 57.4% of the public said divine intervention can save a person when doctors think treatment just isn’t going […]




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Talent Management Facts #38

July 13, 2014 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. A 2013 Gallup-Hathaway Well-Being Index survey (303,625 working adults–66,010 part-time) found that 54 percent of part-time workers in the U.S. […]




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More Talent Management Facts #37

June 8, 2014 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. A recent survey by Harris Interactive suggests that 91% of office workers in the U.S., U.K., and Australia bring work […]




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