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Rewiring Workplace Think: Combating Threats To Group Discussion

Alison A. Quirk | Posted 10.21.2016 | Business
Alison A. Quirk

How often have you observed or participated in a discussion where individuals with opposite viewpoints present an idea or advocate a course of action,...

Diversity - The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Meghan M. Biro | Posted 01.28.2017 | Business
Meghan M. Biro

Freed from bricks-and-mortar offices, business is increasingly global--which should make diversity even more easily attainable. And yet, organizations have been slow to bring diversity to the workforce.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

Leader-as-Decision-Maker: Decisions Matter

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

Ultimately, there is no way to be sure that the so-called right decision has been made before it has been made and acted on. All you can do is ensure that the process of decision-making is deliberately and painstakingly executed. That doesn't guarantee the best decision, but it sure makes it a lot more likely.

Teamwork In Business Is Overrated

Jennifer Dziura | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Jennifer Dziura

I've talked a lot about our obsession with teamwork (and its dark shadow, totally unnecessary consensus), but also the WASPy, milquetoast way people speak in corporate America. Sometimes, "collaboration" is just another word for shared incompetence.

Be Influential, Holding Diverse Teams Together

Kare Anderson | Posted 11.30.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

The most powerful leaders in a connected, complex world may well be the ones who can recruit the right team fastest to solve a problem or capture an opportunity. Why not be one of those sought-after leaders?

Three Clues Your Group Is Dumb (And How to Fix It)

Edward Muzio | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Edward Muzio

The research is clear: Groups working together in the right ways to solve shared problems produce clever, rational, highly intelligent solutions, surp...

The Social Media Borg: A Culture of Likes

Sam Fiorella | Posted 06.29.2013 | Technology
Sam Fiorella

As social media moves goes from infancy in to its toddler years, maybe we need to teach it how to handle disagreements in a positive and constructive way. Maybe we should go so far as to encourage it.

How Do We Humans Ever Make Good Decisions?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, there is no way we can completely resist all the genetic, neurological, psychological, emotional and social forces that influence our decision making. But a few simple steps can prevent us from making truly appalling decisions.

Fear, Good and Bad: Lessons From an Awful Week in Boston

David Ropeik | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
David Ropeik

Fear is not something we can turn off, something we can consciously control.

Conformity Is the Enemy: From Groupthink to Diversity

Michael Roth | Posted 05.31.2013 | College
Michael Roth

Conformity, whether rationalized or simply imposed, undermines our government, our press, and our educational systems. We've had to learn some hard lessons about this in the last 10 years. Surely one of them is that we must defend diversity as a tool for innovation and for responsible decision-making.

Influencing Your Team's Culture

Connie Dieken | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Connie Dieken

As a leader, you shape the culture of your team. You have the opportunity - and responsibility - to transform a collection of individuals into a high-performing group.

Courage and Cowardice When Crowds and Congress Fail Us

Jeffrey Sonnenfeld | Posted 02.25.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

Psychological research partially helps explain our cowardly inaction but not our courage to act. Don't blame the city, the culture, or the crowd. Heroism springs from individual character. The mythic American character is always triggered when a hero inspires the crowd.

Think Again: Of Groupthink and 'Groupthink'

Eric Alterman | Posted 11.13.2012 | Media
Eric Alterman

Why journalists feel compelled to ape one another so closely in this election season is a bit mysterious.

Talking With Krugman: He's Anti-Austerity, Pro-Peter Gabriel, and "Not That Cosmic"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.15.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Paul Krugman's book is called End This Depression Now! (exclamation point included). If that sounds like a self-help book -- the sequel to Listening to Prozac, maybe, or something by Dr. Wayne Dyer -- that's not altogether inappropriate in this age of collective near-despair.

Five Ways Our Need To Fit In Controls Us

Michael Taft | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Taft

As a society, we Westerners exalt individualism and self-reliance, and yet our biology moves us in other directions. Humans evolved as social animals, and we posses a number of behaviors that motivate us towards group conformity.

When Professional Wrestling Meets Presidential Debate

Sam Sommers | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics
Sam Sommers

This isn't the first time that we've been talking about crowd reactions after a debate. One question we rarely ask, however, is whether these televised responses change the way that those of us at home feel about the candidates.

What's Missing Is Sitting

Bess Rowen | Posted 12.07.2011 | Arts
Bess Rowen

If the standing ovation becomes the new applause, what is the next equivalent of the standing ovation? Will we jump up and down, climb on top of our seats, install apps on our phones that will shoot off streamers?

Humanism Can Help Norway And The World

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.25.2011 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Though religious people may strive to better the lives of all, their efforts are often limited by the existence of an unavoidable hurdle: all who don't follow their faith are part of the out-group.

Religion And The Question Of Conformity

Jeffrey Small | Posted 06.10.2011 | Religion
Jeffrey Small

A rock band, a priest and a psychologist. Each of these has an interesting statement about the importance of celebrating our uniqueness and the corresponding dangers of conformity.

The Corporate Tax Simplification Delusion

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

If the dogged faith in simplicity ends up trumping efforts to reshape the corporate tax code as a driver of innovation and U.S. competitiveness, it will result in less, not more growth and jobs.

Dan Ariely Decodes Why Humans Are Hard-Wired to Inflate

Chris Martenson, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chris Martenson, Ph.D.

Looking back at the bursting of the credit bubble, it's natural to scratch your head and ask "How did we ever let that happen?" Behavioral economics exists to answer questions like this.

2010 World Business Forum: Al Gore's Slides Can Save the Planet

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robyn Greenspan

Abandoning the polluting 100-year-old technologies of the past to prepare for a sustainable 21st century could break our dependence, put people to work and save the economy, asserts Al Gore.

Is Social Networking Bad for You?

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Robert Pagliarini

Using social networking websites can build your human capital, but social networking also has a dark side that can stifle creativity and foster narrow-mindedness if you're not careful.

Signs of Intelligent Life: Group Smarts

Gerald Sindell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gerald Sindell

When someone speaks, how long will it take for you to make a judgment about their knowledge, their communication skills, and even their intelligence?