The Other FO You Need to Know: FOBO — Fear of a Better Option


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New York Times Smarter Living columnist Tim Herrera has spent his career writing about the intersection of tech and culture. Tim speaks about the evolution of FOMO, FOBO, and our collective search for a cure.

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Avoiding the Expertise Trap


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Sydney Finkelstein, professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, says that being the most knowledgeable and experienced person on your team isn’t always a good thing. Expertise can steer you wrong in two important ways. It can stop you from being curious about new developments in your field. And it can make you overconfident about your ability to solve problems in different areas. He says that, to be effective leaders, we need to be more aware of these traps and seek out ways to become more humble and open-minded. Finkelstein is the author of the HBR article “Don’t Be Blinded By Your Own Expertise.”

Why People — and Companies — Need Purpose


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Nicholas Pearce, clinical associate professor at Kellogg School of Management, says too many companies and individuals go about their daily business without a strong sense of purpose. He argues that companies that are not simply profit-driven are more likely to succeed and that the same goes for people. He says individuals who align their daily job with their life’s work will be happier and more productive. Pearce is also a pastor, an executive coach, and the author of the book “The Purpose Path: A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life’s Work.”

Overcoming Negativity


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Do you ruminate endlessly on difficult work situations? Dan and Alison answer your questions with the help of David DeSteno, a psychologist at Northeastern University. They talk through what to do when your boss constantly criticizes you, you’ve been fired unexpectedly, or your coworkers complain about you to your boss.