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First Hour At Work

7 Jan

Recently a colleague sent me a link about productivity. It wasn’t very good but the link at the end was filled with good ideas about how to start your workday. Remember what Mary Poppins, my favorite organizational consultant, says “Well begun is half done.”

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14 Habits of Miserable People

19 Nov

From time-to-time a colleague will send an article that both gives me a chuckle and also describes someone I know to a T. Here are 14 self-defeating behaviors that will assure anyone a miserable life. Who says we cannot learn for a negative example?

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The Marshmallow Experiment #2

1 Oct

 

 

Several weeks ago I posted a blog about the marshmallow experiment.

Recently the New York Times had a similar article entitled Learning How To Exert Self-Control. At age 84, Mr. Mischel, the original researcher, is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.

It seems that the original children and now turning 50 so this is getting to be a serious longitudinal study. I just ordered the book on my iPad. If it’s worth while, I will mention it in a future blog.

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Just For Fun

4 Jun

From time-to-time someone sends me a video that is pure fun.

Thank you David for four minutes of delight:

http://www.reshareworthy.com/amazing-quartet-blew-audience-away/#Km8uFs6soysZ20xc.03.%5B/embed

 

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Eye Contact

28 May

 

 

 

Several weeks ago I linked to a TED video entitled Your Body language Shapes Who You Are. This is an example of how powerful initial conditions can be if they positively alter our perceptions of ourselves.

Recently the New York Times had an article on the power of eye contact in person-to-person interactions. Yet another study supporting the two preciously cited aspects of effective performance: Initial conditions and changes in self-perception

 

 

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Who Graduates?

21 May

It is graduation time, thus an article about how the University of Texas has set up a program to significantly increase the graduation rate of students from low socio-economic status. Most students who begin university from the bottom SES quartile do not graduate, although they have the ability to do so.

 

Several blogs ago I linked to a TED video that shows how our body language affects our behavior. This is important because there seems to be a growing literature that relatively small interventions can produce significant changes. This appears to happen when the tactic helps people change their perceptions of themselves.

Next week we will look at yet another link that shows much the same thing.

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Talking With The most Interesting Person I Know

14 May


 

 

Recently the Wall Journal had a great article with a video and radio interview about self-talk. Self Talk, both sub-vocally and out-loud is a research-proven self-management tool, although most of us do it sub-vocally. It is the tool we can use to alter our level of optimism – pessimism.

 

Research shows that optimists:

  • Live longer
  • Are healthier
  • Have better relationships
  • Have higher morale on-the-job
  • Are more personally satisfied (happy) &
  • Report having better lives when asked at age 85

 

“Optimism is the tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation, defined by how we self-talk to frame events:

Bad events are temporary setbacks,

Isolated to particular circumstances and

Can be overcome by effort and abilities”   – Martin Seligman

 

A series of blogs on optimism discuss this topic in-depth, link to an optimism-pessimism self-test and introduce strategies to improve your optimism.

 

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Best Ted Video Ever

30 Apr

Recently a colleague shared a TED video that is truly remarkable. Ann Cuddy is a social psychologist & professor at Harvard Business School. Her video, entitled Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are, has been viewed almost 17,000,000 times.

 

 

In Beyond IQ, I note that anyone who has been in 4H has a great model of psychology: Head, Hands, Heart and Health. Cognition, Emotion and Action are the three core elements of human psychology and health is your operating system. If you are interested in exploring this topic go to http://amzn.to/16N1zr7 Beyond IQ is a 27 page e-book that sells for $2.99.

Th video drive home how powerful are behavior is in driving our cognitions and emotions. Women will love this video (I hope).

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The Marshmallow Experiment

16 Apr

 

In the 1960s and 70s Walter Mischel of Stanford did a set of simple but fascinating experiments with marshmallows and children 4 – 6 years old. Alone in a room each child was presented with a marshmallow and informed if they didn’t eat it while the adult was out of the room they would get another. About one third managed not to eat it. There are a number of amusing videos of these children trying not to eat the marshmallow on UTube.

 

When followed up 10 and more years later it turned out that the children who could delay gratification had better life outcomes measured by SAT scores, educational attainment, body mass index and other measures of life outcome.

 

Recent studies with brain imaging show that the children who cannot delay have poorer levels of frontal executive functioning when they are in the experiment. The inference is that stress, particularly poverty, has a negative effect on brain development at a very early age (4 – 6).

Food for thought.

 

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Why Likeability Matters IN…….

2 Apr

 

 

This a powerful and practical WSJ article about how “likability” has a large influence in how your workplace colleagues rate and interact with you. This article is a home-run of practical advice.

 

So, my question is HOW do you get to likability and WHY? Here is one of the most watched TED videos (16,000,000+) hits and one of the top-four rated in the psychology category.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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