Category: Social Science

Seven Reasons NOT to Overlook the Obvious

How to Problem-solve Like a Kid In the Freakonomics podcast, “Think Like a Child,” Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt extol the virtues of “doing things differently and simply and with a kind of joy and triviality that leads you to

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The Power of Margin: The Space Between Your Load and Your Limits

Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Clock Show of hands: Who feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day? The two of you who didn’t raise your hands, feel free to skip this post. For the

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Do Not Pass Go

Why a “go” attitude might be bad for your bottom line A riff on this Freakonomics podcast In his book Truth, Lies and O-rings, Allan McDonald ascribes the tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger to a case of “go fever.” In

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It’s Not You—It’s Your Office!

Why Your Workspace May Be Squashing Imagination It’s no secret that getting out of the office is a great way to eliminate distractions and focus on important work. But there’s something bigger at play when you take your team off

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Every Dog Needs A Job

And We’re All Dogs When asked about my facilitation methods — why I favor visual frameworks and guided exercises over roundtable discussion* and traditional brainstorming** — I often explain it with a story I heard in dog-training school… Fido watches

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Seven Ways to Jumpstart Creativity at the Office

The Creativity Gap Merriam-Webster defines “creative” as “having or showing an ability to make new things or think of new ideas.” Make new things. Think of new ideas. I believe we’d all agree — these are critical functions of business.

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30 Seconds to Make or Break a Conversation

30 seconds of conversation goes by fast—use the time wisely! According to recent research by VitalSmarts, organizations lose quite a bit of money, time and opportunity because people are afraid to speak their minds. 95% of employees struggle to speak

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What’s Your Q Factor?

Q Factor: why too much chumminess and too little friction are bad for business Common sense says it’s good to nurture teams, help them grow over time to be more aligned, efficient and well-connected. But recent research by Brian Uzzi,

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Smartphones Make Us Less Human

And now we have the science to prove it. In a recent NY Times article, Barbara Fredrickson cites new scientific research indicating overuse of smartphones is measurably reducing our biological capacity to connect with people. In short, the less we interact

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