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The Science of Empathy—and Why Some People Have It Less Than Others

Big hug. (Reuters/Miguel Vidal) Empathy is hot in business wisdom these days: Forbes says it’s invaluable, Apple’s training manual offers empathy exercises, and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson calls caring “key.” “Corporate empathy is not an oxymoron,” concluded an article in the Harvard Business Review on January 8. “It is a hard skill that should be required from [...]

Barriers to Success

Mission Australia The focus of this year’s survey was to uncover what young people perceive to be the main barriers to success. The results revealed that academic ability, financial difficulty and a lack of job opportunities are believed to negatively affect a young person’s ability to achieve their goals in life. • Alcohol [...]

The Two Signs You’re A Workaholic

Earlier this year, researchers tested 333 employees for a number of characteristics to see if any of them were higher among workaholics. The findings, published in the International Journal of Stress Management, discovered two in particular as being “significantly associated” with this addiction: achievement motivation and perfectionism. - James Adonis via The two signs you're a [...]

Spouse’s personality influences career success, study finds

Although we marry "for better for worse, for richer for poorer," this study is among the first to demonstrate that the personality traits of the spouse we choose may play a role in determining whether our chosen career makes us richer or poorer. - Gerry Everding via Spouse's personality influences career success, study finds.