The Week That Was

Eat too much Halloween candy? We all know the feeling. Recover with these top five stories from for the week of Oct. 29.

1. Yes, Optimism Can Make Better Leaders: Thinking of challenges as opportunities and maintaining one’s optimism can propel the organization forward, writes Talent Management columnist Marshall Goldsmith.

2. Plan for Unplanned CEO Succession: Last week Citigroup’s CEO resigned unexpectedly and shocked everyone. What do you do in the event of an unplanned shakeup or loss of a CEO? Richard A. Metheny, vice president of human resources/chief people officer at executive search firm Witt/Kieffer, explains.

3. The Best Thing Job Seekers Do to Get Hired: Sometimes it’s the little things that get job seekers noticed by employers, a recent OfficeTeam survey suggests.

4. Keys to Driving Culture Change: Corporate culture can boost engagement and productivity, but it’s not easy to establish or change, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

5. Teach Employees to Navigate Office Politics: Politics in the workplace can have an adverse impact on employee performance. Use these tips to minimize its impact and create a positive work environment, writes Robert Hosking, executive director at staffing service OfficeTeam.

In Other News …

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