The Week That Was

Dig into the heart of autumn with these top five stories from for the week of Nov. 3.

1. Redeveloping the Individual Development Plan: The individual development plan needs an update to better conform to the fluid nature of talent management.

2. Sizing Up the Office Cubicle: The physical space that surrounds us as we work has a lot to do with the psychological feeling we get while working, suggests author Nikil Saval.

3. The Best Sick Day Excuses: A recent survey shows that an employee actually called in sick because "they had just put a casserole in the oven."

4. Testing Engagement's Strength: Talent professionals have grown enamored with chasing employee engagement — with little success, according to Gallup. Is it time for practitioners to adjust their focus?

5. How Social Perception Impacts Diversity | Video: Editors Ladan Nikravan and Kellye Whitney discuss the differences in perception between men and women and how that influences the authenticity employees bring to leadership and the workplace.

In Other News …

CEO departures are getting less nice.

As The Wall Street Journal reported this week, companies are avoiding the nice lines such as "leaving for family reasons" or "to pursue other interests" in favor of the good old "you're fired!"

Read more here.

Also, the 25 most powerful people in the world, via Business Insider. Read here.