So, you think you’re good at decision-making?

Really? A study published today by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory demonstrates that humans have the same decision-making capability as… rats!

The most accurate decisions, the scientists show, are those that involve the use of visual and auditory input and rodents and humans are not that different in these respects.… [read more]

Decisions are driven by emotions, not facts

We frequently get a number of eyebrows raised in workshops when we say that decision-making is not based on facts or a reasoned weighing of options, but rather on social interactions, emotion and assumptions (which other research has shown to be mostly erroneous).… [read more]

Train your brain to focus

Further to the research on the productivity evils of multitasking I posted last week, below is a rather good piece from today’s Sydney Morning Herald on the same topic. I particularly like the tips at the end of the piece:

Stop juggling

The key is to stop multitasking – it just doesn’t work when you need to focus and be productive.

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Why do we exist?

Much recent research has shown that companies that have a clear sense of social purpose—a ‘why we exist’—are more productive and more profitable than those which have no clear social purpose. If your purpose is just to make profits, you won’t.… [read more]

Conflict resolution in teams

A very interesting piece just in from the London Business School centers on conflict resolution in teams.

Much of what is said is very much in line with our own approach to this topic—particularly in terms of multiple sub-groups or sub-cultures in any team or organization.… [read more]

Collaboration is key

Are two heads working together better than one in decision-making? Not really, according to research published today. However there’s a twist. They are better if they genuinely collaborate on finding the answer and really listen to each other’s views. Simply working with someone apparently makes a person more confident in his or her views and thus more prone to error.… [read more]

Ambition is not always a positive thing

Happiness does not necessarily come with success. That has been known for ages. However a new study shows that ambitious people, though they are generally more successful and achieve more are no more happy and actually live less long than their less ambitious colleagues.… [read more]

Bullying linked to substance abuse

An interesting study from Ohio State University shows that among middle and high school students bullies and bully-victims (kids who are both bullies and victims) are more likely to be substance abusers (alcohol, marijuana etc). Since the brains of high school students and adults are not fundamentally different it could be that workplace bullying could also be linked to alcohol and other substance abuse.… [read more]

Your personality can change

Yet another nail in the ‘personalities don’t change’ belief’s coffin. This study shows that they do in response to changing circumstances.

Source: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-03/uom-pck030512.php… [read more]

Take breaks to walk at work

Another thing for corporate lawyers afraid of suits, managers and female employees to worry about: a study shows that women in sedentary occupations are more likely to develop diabetes. This adds to the other great risk factor for diabetes: workplace stress.… [read more]