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]

The problem with personality tests

I don’t know why, but there are still some people who, despite the overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, believe that there is such a thing as a fixed personality type.

Another nail in the coffin of fixed identifiable personality comes from an article in the current (March) Scientific American entitled “What Makes Each Brain Unique.” A brief summary of this article can be found at the link below, but the full  article is well worth the read.… [read more]

Learn to focus – the myth of multitasking

Often I hear employees being praised—or even hired—for their ability to multitask. The truth is, as much recent research has shown,  the multitasker will do all of the tasks he or she is multitasking on less than optimally. Below is a neat summary of the recent research.… [read more]

How the human drive to belong can help organizations

Interesting research published in a just-released book “Ancestors and Relatives” by Eviatar Zerubavel contains really important lessons for all of us charged with putting teams together, generating ‘engagement’ or wanting to stem the attrition of valuable people.

The book details the human drive to find community and, more importantly, “social identities.” For example between the  1960 and 1980 US census the American Indian population rose from 524 million to 1.3 million.… [read more]