You too can be happy. Really. A Q&A with Shawn Achor Photo courtesy TEDxBloomington. “We think we have to be successful, then we’ll be happier. But the real problem is our brains work in the opposite order,” said Shawn Achor in his charming, immensely popular TED Talk from TEDxBloomington, “The happy secret to better work.” Achor is the CEO of consulting firm Good Think, which conducts research on positive psychology and helps people apply it to be happier and more effective at work. Design’s Next Frontier: Nudging Consumers Into Making Better Life Choices The following is adapted from an Artefact white paper. The full version may be downloaded here. Recent advances in neuroscience and behavioral economics, cognitive psychology and anthropology are helping us better understand how our brains work and how decision-making takes place.
Top 10 Ways To Become An Evolved Man Do you want to start attracting amazing women – and ultimately find the perfect match for the long term? The key is rising above all the guys competing for her attention by coming across as far more “evolved” than they are. Here are ten fast, easy ways to do it. Climate for creativity and Innovation The Climate for Creativity and Innovation Imagine the industrial organisation is represented by a tree. The branch network could mirror the hierarchy of an organisation with People becoming the leaves. Jailbreak Rat: Selfless Rodents Spring Their Pals and Share Their Sweets The English language is not especially kind to rats. We say we "smell a rat" when something doesn't feel right, refer to stressful competition as the "rat race," and scorn traitors who "rat on" friends. But rats don't deserve their bad rap.
theconversation Australian government policy and happiness research are pointing in very different directions. A prime goal of government policy is economic growth. Many Australians go along with this, assuming that more money will make them happier. However, policy and common belief need to confront an increasing body of research that suggests a different approach to improving well-being. In the past couple of decades, research on happiness has boomed. The word “happiness” sometimes suggests fleeting pleasures like laughing at a joke or eating an ice cream, so researchers often use terms like well-being, life satisfaction or flourishing to indicate the deeper, more long-lasting aspect of happiness. The case for behavioral strategy - McKinsey Quarterly - Strategy Once heretical, behavioral economics is now mainstream. Money managers employ its insights about the limits of rationality in understanding investor behavior and exploiting stock-pricing anomalies. Policy makers use behavioral principles to boost participation in retirement-savings plans. Marketers now understand why some promotions entice consumers and others don’t. Yet very few corporate strategists making important decisions consciously take into account the cognitive biases—systematic tendencies to deviate from rational calculations—revealed by behavioral economics. It’s easy to see why: unlike in fields such as finance and marketing, where executives can use psychology to make the most of the biases residing in others, in strategic decision making leaders need to recognize their own biases.
10 Ways to Appear More Authoritative at Work If you want to be taken more seriously at work, take a look at how authoritative you appear. Many people, especially newer managers, undermine their own authority without realizing it, and then wonder why they're not more respected. Here are 10 ways to exude confidence and appear more authoritative at work: 1. Creativity: The Secret Behind the Secret In 2010, IBM’s Institute for Business Value surveyed over 1,500 chief executives about the most important leadership competency for this new millennium. Creativity was the across-the-board’s winner. No surprise, right? But this begs the eternal question: When scaling up your business, where in the heck does one find good creative talent? There’s lots of advice around, most of which is centered around a watch-and-wait kind of approach. See which people ask creative questions, see who comes up with interesting problem-solving solutions—that sort of thing.