open thread – November 16-17, 2017

It’s the Friday open thread! The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers. * If you submitted…

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How Managers Should Respond When Bribes Are Business as Usual

MirageC/Getty Images Corporate bribery—that is, the practice of companies paying government officials for preferential treatment—is not only illegal  in dozens of countries. Studies show that it’s also counterproductive resulting in lower profit margins, return on equity, and employee morale; costly delays as players haggle over the size of the kickback; and poverty and poor governance…

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The Benefits of Laughing in the Office

Daniel Viñé Garcia/Getty Images While on an investor tour in Europe, I ended a busy day by joining my boss at a nice restaurant. After he said something funny, I responded in my typical style — throwing back my head and letting out hearty, unabashed laughter. People were taken aback. They turned to stare at me….

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