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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.

 

 

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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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The Power of Small Kindness

12 Feb

February is a dreary month.  Here is a 6 minute video that will give you a pick-me-up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZXC59EI7Zo

 

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End Of Year 2013

31 Dec

When it comes to human behavior there is much wisdom in the writings of the ancients.  Some year ago I stumbled upon several pieces of advice from Cicero.

 

Marcus Tullius Cicero was assassinated on Dec. 7, 43 BCE. He left behind a substantive body of writing. Some years ago a colleague shared Cicero’s list of “man’s drastic mistakes.” I often review them as a reminder. As you consider your New Year’s resolutions perhaps you will reflect with me on these attributes.

• The delusion that individual advancement is made by crushing others.

• The tendency to worry about things that cannot be changed or corrected

• Insisting that a thing is not possible because we cannot do it ourselves.

 • Refusing to set aside trivial preferences.

• Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.

• Neglecting development and refinement of the mind and not acquiring the habit of reading and study.

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Plan For a Successful Life

11 Dec

Consider this developmental model of a person’s life. Attitudes, a combination of thoughts and emotions support relationships. Relationships are the glue that binds roles together. Roles are the building blocks of organizations. Organizations define our lives. Obviously, this is not a direct causal chain but throughout the links there are many reciprocal and interdependent interactions. Consider the question, what do you do? The answer to this single question probably tells you more about a person than any other.

The latest thinking and writing about leadership sees it not as a set of skills to be mastered, such as management, but rather a life-long journey of self-discovery, development and wise self-deployment of a person’s strengths. This is an example of a relatively new perspective labeled positive psychology. Briefly, instead of focusing on a person’s weaknesses, identify their strengths and help them self-manage from that base.

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Reading, Writing and Thinking

20 Nov

 

Without a doubt the finest instrument in the known universe is the human mind.  This remarkable structure has remade the Earth to meet its needs and wants.  In fact some astro-physicists refer to the idea that the universe was created to support the human mind as the anthropic principle (actually it’s a conjecture).

 

Yet many people never spend any time nurturing this fine instrument. There is an important relationship between reading, writing and thinking.  The development of the first two are a powerful tool for improving our ability to think.

 

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