Want to motivate your reports?

A new study finds that those primed with words suggesting action (‘start now’, ‘get on with it’ etc) are more likely to make impulsive decisions than those primed with words suggesting they pause, stop or rest. In other words you’ll get them working hard, perhaps, but they may make some pretty stupid decisions while doing so.… [read more]

Want to be promoted? Lower the tone of your voice

We choose our political leaders, or our CEOs, on the basis of their brain power, right? Wrong.

According to a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, leaders are largely selected on the basis of the tone of their voice.… [read more]

Our future leaders: Gen M

We’ll all have to cope with the Millennium generation in the workplace very soon. It’s as well to know something about them. The latest study by San Diego State University based on longitudinal data collected by the University of Michigan shows that Gen M is focused principally on fame and money (70% more so than Boomers).… [read more]

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]