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]
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]
An interesting piece of research from the University of California shows that we can be most over-optimistic about possible outcomes when we are stressed. Intuitively it should be the other way around, but this study confirms, yet again, that our intuitions and assumptions about the way the human mind works are very often just plain wrong.… [read more]
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]
A study from Yale University has confirmed, for the first time, that stress can cause a reduction in brain grey matter and lead to a shrinking of the pre-frontal cortex in humans. The researchers also found that stress predisposes the human brain for greater stress going forward.… [read more]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.