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The 12 New Rules for Managing Your Employees As If
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Drawing the Line in Your Notes Might Draw the Line in Your Life


Who owns the notes you take at work? The issue might be less trivial than you think, bearing on your work-life balance, what your company buys and doesn’t buy with your paycheck, and whether they have claim for any thinking you do about their line of business. And for the 43% of U.S. workers who are either neutral or negative on their jobs allowing them to balance priorities at work and in their personal lives, forcing each into its own notebook might get both the sustained attention they deserve. My latest Forbes column considers the issue.

Now More than Ever, Employees Want to Know: Is There a Second Marshmallow?


You’ve no doubt heard about the “Marshmallow Test,” the experiment in which children are given one marshmallow and told if they wait 15 minutes without eating it, they will get a second one. The test supposedly says a lot about the kid’s wiring and his or her future prospects.

But does it? A different spin on the experiment broadens the picture and provides the perfect metaphor for how people are now sizing up their employers. It’s the topic of my latest Forbes column.

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