March 2, 2018: Friday News Roundup

If it’s Friday, it’s must be news time. Let’s do this.

Your Hotshot Coworker Would Be A Terrible Boss, And Research Proves It
Star performers are often channeled into management roles, but a new report says being a fabulous employee could correlate with being a rotten manager. Full disclosure: the research looked at sales roles, specifically, and found the top closers make for the worst managers.

How CEOs Without College Degrees Got to the Top
College isn’t for everyone, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of reaching goals. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg may be among the most famous college dropouts to become billionaire CEOs, but examples can be found outside tech too. The CEO Genome Project studied the traits shared by those without degrees who managed to climb their way to the top regardless.

German Workers Win Right To 28-hour Week
A labor union in Germany has secured more flexible hours and increased pay for its members, and the world takes note. As this article points out, German workers are leveraging low unemployment to push for better conditions. While not every company can meet these demands, perhaps it’s a sign of a tiny power shift in the employer-employee relationship.

The Best Business Book You’ll Read All Year Will Be A Novel
Books about succeeding in the workplace are ubiquitous, but you might be better off learning from fictional characters. That’s because, as this psychologist says, they can help you understand the motivations and behaviors of other people and even discover something about your own values.

Marie Kondo Wants Coworkers To Tidy Up Their Office Together
Decluttering guru Marie Kondo is also a Udemy instructor, and her Udemy course is helping thousands of people tidy up their homes. Considering how much time we spend at work, why wouldn’t we try to “spark joy” there too? In this Q&A, Kondo shares the personal trait she credits for her success and explains why tidying up at work could help all of us be happier and more productive.