The Week That Was

Supplement the joy of a college football Saturday with these top five stories from from the week of Sept. 23.

1. How to Learn From Unleaderlike Moments: Most people have had a bad moment or two in the office. How a leader recovers from those moments can define his or her legacy as well as an organization. Wendy Wong, a senior vice president at the Ken Blanchard Cos., has the story.

2. Does Praising Employees Send a Mixed Message?: If executed properly, praise can reinforce positive employee behaviors, but if praise isn’t perceived as genuine, it can cause confusion and misguided employee efforts. Talent Management editor Jessica DuBois-Maahs has more.

3. Do MBA Programs Create Leaders? Don’t Ask Harvard: Blogger Dan Bowling examines HBS’ attempts to introduce gender equity into its widely admired MBA program.

4. Strengths Can Be Weaknesses: What you’re best at is what you’re most likely to take too far, write Robert B. Kaiser and Robert E. Kaplan.

5. To Cap or Not to Cap Employee Incentives: While uncapping incentives may boost motivation and morale, there are valid reasons why capping is a better move for the organization in the long run, writes Mark Donnolo, managing partner of SalesGlobe and author of “What Your CEO Needs to Know About Sales Compensation.”

In Other News …

Meet the 77-year-old former six-figure corporate vice president who is now working two low-wage jobs just to make ends meet. Bloomberg profiles Tom Palome, a baby boomer who, although living as a very successful corporate vice president and being able to put his kids through college, didn’t save enough for retirement. The 2008 financial crisis did its part to quash what little he did save.

The Bloomberg story underscores the difficulty many Americans are having in saving for retirement, and the challenges that await baby boomers and the generations ahead.


Also, how to be productive in an open-plan office and author Dan Pink’s playlist of favorite work-related TED talks.