The Week That Was

I can’t think of a better way to prepare for this weekend’s Cinco de Mayo celebration than reading these top five stories from

1. These Soft Skills Can Go a Long Way: While they may not appear in a leader’s official job description, some soft skills can help connect leaders with employees at a deeper level. Paul H. Eccher and Dave Ross, co-founders and principals of The Vaya Group, a talent management consultancy, have more.

2. Lessons From Executive Crazy Talk: These quotes may on the surface seem like crazy talk, but can actually provide food for thought for today’s talent manager, writes Talent Management columnist Kevin D. Wilde.

3. What Is the Best Job in 2013?: Newspaper reporter, lumberjack and military personnel top the list as this year’s worst jobs, according to an annual report. What jobs are the best?

4. Use Brain Science to Drive Change: Utilizing brain-based change methodologies can result in businesses being able to apply change deliberately — increasing the predictability between effort and outcome. Reut Schwartz Hebron, founder of Key Change Institute and author of The Art and Science of Changing People Who Don’t Want to Change, has more.

5. Results-Only Work Environment? It’s a Leadership Problem: Yahoo and Best Buy would benefit from treating work at home, even when the job will permit it, as a privilege, not a right, writes blogger Aubrey Daniels.

In Other News …

As high school students continue the process of choosing a college for next fall, many are pondering what academic major to pursue. Well, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal this week, the college major might not matter as much as you think — at least when it comes to a career.


Also, is your boss a psychopath? Fast Company has the quiz to find out.