Why are some people better at making decisions than others?

Now a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has shown that carriers of a certain gene—MAOA-L—are better at making financial decisions in conditions of risk. Perhaps it means that, as with hunter-gatherer tribes’ council of elders, organizations need a system whereby major decisions are not made by a single person.… [read more]

The high price of low cost manufacturing

A lot has been written about the benefits and problems flowing from globalization, but until now little hard research has been done as to how the loss of manufacturing jobs has actually affected people generally in “developed” countries. Now a study by MIT researchers has, at last, some answers.… [read more]

There is no such thing as a rational decision

Another neuroscientific nail has been hammered into the coffin of rational decision making. Researchers at Oxford University have been studying what is called prediction error to show that we do not base our estimates of the likely outcome of any decision based on facts.… [read more]

Can our genes be “turned on or off”?

For a long time we have been interested in the way that relationship experience can affect the way a person’s genes express themselves. Daniel Golman wrote about this in his book “Social Intelligence.”

Now a new study has revealed the precise mechanism of how so-called “soft genes” can be influenced by the behavior of others and by particular circumstances.… [read more]

Addicted to mobile devices

A great article in the journal of the Wharton Business School newsletter details the addictive nature of Blackberries, iPhones etc and shows how they actually reduce productivity rather than increase it.

One of the interesting quotes from the article is by Prof.… [read more]

Job insecurity linked to heart disease

A study printed in the Spanish Journal of Psychology reinforces the well-known fact that fear of job loss reduces commitment, satisfaction with work and life, and therefore productivity. The study finds that this holds true of all workers—blue collar, white collar or professional (though each group reacts to insecurity differently)—and all types of workers—contract, permanent, part time or full time, male or female.… [read more]

How to inspire people—Part 2

The how-to of being inspiring…

To inspire through ideas you need to have a spiritual message. This need not be religious and indeed in the context of work a religious message may well be out of place. But it has to give people the feeling that you can connect them to some higher purpose.… [read more]

Why culture is key to competitive advantage

This is an interesting article from Forbes Magazine with some nice language. Main point: culture is the only truly competitive advantage. We certainly agree with that.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgebradt/2012/02/08/corporate-culture-the-only-truly-sustainable-competitive-advantage/