I’ve written the biweekly column ShortCuts for the Saturday New York Times business section since 2005. Here are some of the my favorites:
Rolling with the Punches at Any Stage of Life
My last column: if there is no such thing as a life without change, why does it feel so difficult?
Disclosing Mental Health Issues at Work?
Some are glad - but others regret - telling a boss about psychological problems.
An Alternative to Giving Up the Car Keys
There’s a choice for older drivers between stopping driving and ignoring problems.
Estate Planning is More Than the Will
Trusted friends and family members need to know how to get access to bank and online accounts, and even your home after you die.
In a Data-Heavy Society, Being Defined By the Numbers
These days, it’s way too easy use Facebook ‘likes’, Twitter followers and other metrics to measure success.
Two Decades of Fraud
Almost two thousand victims and nearly $26 million lost. How did it go on for so long?
You’ve Been Doing a Fantastic Job, Just One Thing…
Too much praise can cloud feedback – the point is to help someone do better, not make them feel better.
In Life and Business, Learning to be Ethical
Research shows most of think we're more ethical than we really are.
After a Tragedy, the Best Ways People Can Help
It has become all too common – a mass tragedy happens and people rush to donate money to the families. Is there a better way to show our sympathy?
Dealing with a Client who Calls and Calls…
Listen to your gut – if it tells you a client is going to be hellish to work with, run the other way. Here are some telltale signs.
Is Mandating Volunteering a Good Idea?
Schools, temples, churches often require children to volunteer. It can have an impact, but has to have meaning and follow-up.
Complaining is Necessary - But Learn to Do It Right
Some people want a complaint-free world. Not me.
For the Dishwasher’s Sake, Easy on the Detergent
Most of use way too much soap in our dishwashers and washing machines. Here’s the amount repairmen say you should use.
Redefining Success and Celebrating the Ordinary
Why do we feel we all have to be so special? When did the term ordinary become so feared?
How We Think about Mistakes
Even though we’re taught young that we learn from mistakes, as we get older, most of fear and dread making mistakes. But we’re doing ourselves a grave disservice.
Tiptoeing Out of One’s Comfort Zone (and Back In)
Learning to find the optimal balance of ‘productive discomfort.’
The Dangers of Regifting
Fifty-two percent of people admit to regifting. It’s acceptable – just make sure it’s new. And remove all incriminating evidence.
If Not Passion for the Job, at Least Warm Feelings
Are we overselling the idea that you need to absolutely love what you do?
Winners Never Quit? Well, Yes They Do.
Sometimes quitting is the right thing to do. It just has to be for the right reasons and in the right way.