The New Science of Team Chemistry. Executive Summary First used by the U.S.
Army during World War I to try to predict which soldiers would suffer from “shell shock,” personality testing today is a roughly $500 million industry, with an annual growth rate estimated at 10% to 15%. Millions of workers take assessments each year as part of personnel selection, to improve collaboration and teamwork, and to identify satisfying career paths. But personality screening is not without controversy. In recent lawsuits, courts have ruled that the use of certain tests discriminates against protected classes of workers, particularly those with disabilities. The industry’s robust growth, however, suggests that managers increasingly rely on personality testing as a tool to optimize their workforces. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. How to Handle Interrupting Colleagues.
You’re giving a presentation on the company’s strategic direction when one of your colleagues interrupts you.
You pause, address his question, and continue with your point — until he interrupts again. Sound familiar? Competition, Cooperation, and the Selfish Gene. Richard Dawkins has one of the best-selling books of all time for a serious piece of scientific writing.
Often labeled “pop science”, The Selfish Gene pulls together the “gene-centered” view of evolution: It is not really individuals being selected for in the competition for life, but their genes. The individual bodies (phenotypes) are simply carrying out the instructions of the genes. This leads most people to a very “competition focused” view of life. But is that all? More than 100 years before The Selfish Gene, Charles Darwin had famously outlined his Theory of Natural Selection in The Origin of Species.
We’re all hopefully familiar with this concept: Species evolve over long periods time through a process of heredity, variation, competition, and differential survival. The Selfish Gene makes a particular kind of case: Specific gene variants grow in proportion to a gene pool by, on average, creating advantaged physical bodies and brains. Bruce Schneier: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive By. “Trust is the expectation that arises within a community of regular, honest, and cooperative behavior, based on commonly shared norms, on the part of other members of that community.” — Francis Fukuyama.
Carol Dweck on Creating a Growth Mindset in the Workplace. The Tragedy of the Commons: How Elinor Ostrom Solved One of Life's Greatest Dilemmas. By David Sloan Wilson As an evolutionary biologist who received my PhD in 1975, I grew up with Garrett Hardin’s essay “The Tragedy of the Commons,” published in Science magazine in 1968.
His parable of villagers adding too many cows to their common pasture captured the essence of the problem that my thesis research was designed to solve. The farmer who added an extra cow gained an advantage over other farmers in his village but it also led to an overgrazed pasture. The biological world is full of similar examples in which individuals who behave for the good of their groups lose out in the struggle for existence with more self-serving individuals, resulting in overexploited resources and other tragedies of non-cooperation.
How disgust made humans cooperate to build civilisations. The young man was having sex with his dog.
In fact, he’d lost his virginity to it. Their relationship was still very good; the dog didn’t seem to mind at all. Memo to Jeff Bezos: Stack-Ranking is a Destructive Employee Practice. By Alistair Thorpe and Rick O’Gorman Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, recently took some heat when the New York Times exposed working conditions and the corporate culture at his firm.
Forbes Welcome. ‘When life hands you a lemon, just bite in’ What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team. So Rozovsky started looking for other groups she could join. Group Coherence. Agile Connection. Lisa Crispin explains in this article how CI has become an absolute necessity for any software development team in this day and age.
For those who have yet to fully embrace CI, this article gives you some great reasons you should, along with some helpful resources to get you started. In this article, Lisa Crispin recalls a time when testers alone were solely responsible for software quality, and compares that to more modern thinking where collaboration between developers and testers is king. Software quality is everyone's job, sometimes it takes independence to get there. What Mel Brooks Can Teach Us about “Group Flow” In 1949, the comedian Sid Caesar brought together a legendary group of comedy writers and created one of the biggest television hits of the 1950s, Your Show of Shows.
Caesar’s team included Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, and Neil Simon. It may have been the greatest writing staff in the history of television. A LAYPERSON'S GUIDE TO CO-OPERATIVE INQUIRY. Appreciative Inquiry. 10 Keys to Building Great Teams. Spread the team’s story, prioritise social skills, mix genders, build trust and more…
To Understand Religion, Think Football - Issue 17: Big Bangs. The invention of religion is a big bang in human history. Gods and spirits helped explain the unexplainable, and religious belief gave meaning and purpose to people struggling to survive. But what if everything we thought we knew about religion was wrong? How is a group its own worst enemy? - Farnam Street.