Posts Categorized: Today’s research

Lead or follow: What sets leaders apart?

According to the latest research it’s that they are more willing to take responsibility for making decisions that affect the welfare of others.

What the researchers say: In a new study, in the journal Science, researchers identified the cognitive and neurobiological processes that influence whether someone is more likely to take on leadership or to delegate decision-making.… [read more]

Men who harass subordinates fear being judged as incompetent.

(In this story I’ve used s—ual to avoid corporate spam filters. In the context the meaning is obvious.)

Maybe we’re looking at s—ual harassment in the wrong way. New research shows that this behavior is actually related to feeling threatened and wanting to maintain one’s social status.… [read more]

Scientists link more than 1,000 gene variants to educational attainment

Rarely do the authors of a study tell readers to ignore its implications, presumably because they may be misused. And in this case, they will be. Tribe members should know about the findings because, along with other recent studies, they herald in a new age where genetics are used to choose who gets educated, who gets hired, who gets punished, maybe even who gets elected—and even what sort of baby you want, or the state wants you to have.… [read more]

Slacking on your savings? Cognitive bias could be to blame.

Despite working hard, Americans, and other Westerners are notoriously poor at saving money. The average American working-age couple has saved only $5,000 for retirement, while 43 percent of working-age families have no retirement savings at all, according to a 2016 Federal Reserve survey.… [read more]

Why people love to hate on do-gooders, especially at work.

According to a new study in Psychological Science it doesn’t always pay to be a do-gooder. Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances, the research found.

What the researchers say: “Most of the time we like the cooperators, the good guys.… [read more]

Gender and collaboration in high performing teams

A team led by a researcher who customarily studies nonhuman primate behavior has found that humans working in operating rooms (ORs) follow the same general primate patterns of hierarchy and gender. Their findings are relevant to the construction of high performing teams in any business.… [read more]

Collaboration as an effective strategy.

One of the key theoretical problems in devising a model which will help bring people together is to resolve the issue of the “Tragedy of the Commons.”

This is a term used in social science to describe a situation in a shared-resource system (a team, a community, a business) where individual users acting according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good, depleting or spoiling that resource through their actions.… [read more]

Are clients becoming crazier?

By Dr Bob Murray

Recently I was talking with a friend of mine who is a practice leader in a major firm and he was telling me a horror story about one of his major clients.  Apparently the client had suddenly decided that his firm would no longer be able to do any work for the client’s company and that all matters that were then open had to be passed over to other firms for completion.… [read more]