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/

Older, wiser… and happier?

This article from the Consumer Research Journal is interesting in that it equates our concept of happiness with age. It is important not just for marketers, but also for recruiters and company executives aiming to create a “happy” workplace (happiness has been shown to be a great influencer of productivity).… [read more]

Being left or right handed influences the decisions we make

Yet more research on the irrationality of decision making comes in this piece on the relationship between handedness and decision making. Very important for marketing, sales and persuasion techniques.

Source: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/news/releases/different-bodies-different-minds.html… [read more]

Happy workers are not necessarily most productive workers …

For a long time now researchers have been saying that happy workers are productive workers. It has almost become a mantra with many consultancies, and indeed a number of them have made this their chief and only credo.

Well research coming in now is tending to show that in the words of the immortal George Gershwin “It ain’t necessarily so!”

The research…

Researchers led by Dr Steven Wood (2012) from the University of Leicester have recently completed a study on productivity, job satisfaction and happiness to try and find the best management method for an efficient and satisfied workplace.… [read more]

How to inspire people—Part 1

Inspire: From Latin inspirare—to breathe

Let me begin with a statement of the obvious, for which I profusely apologize in advance. However this obvious statement is often forgotten by corporate leaders, firm partners and even politicians. Leaders engage and inspire others—that is how their work gets done.… [read more]

National Medal of Science nomination

We found out yesterday that we’ve been nominated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science for the National Medal of Science for our “revolutionary” (their words, not ours) work on a new theory of personality and its implications for depression and other mental disorders.… [read more]

Who makes the best CEO?

I am frequently asked the question: what sort of person makes the best CEO?

Does a man or a woman make a better CEO? Is it better to have a young CEO or an older one? Is being an extrovert leader better than being an introvert?… [read more]

How your assumptions might be tripping you up

Every day you make decisions about events, reports, people or products. Yet research indicates that 65% of these decisions will be wrong.

One reason is that most decisions rest on our tacit assumptions and these are often untested and even unconscious.… [read more]

Mind meld is real and a great business asset

Using good conversational tools you can literally get on someone’s wavelength and form a solid relationship. According to new research from Princeton, when two people talk and listen to each other respectfully new research their brains literally synch up. You can master this process to enhance problem-solving, influencing and leadership.… [read more]

An addictive drug that’s good for business!

Imagine if instead of all the hard work involved in creating an environment in which people are happy and effective they could just dole out “happy pills…”

I am pleased to report that the answer is yes. Sort of. There is a substance which, administered regularly, will vastly enhance the mood and performance of people and, according to recent research, improve profitability by 20%.… [read more]