The bad egg: the problem of changing group dynamics

Some of the best teachers around will tell you that there are no bad students, just misunderstood ones. Unfortunately, left unaddressed, these bad eggs wander through life reeking havoc on all those around them. In being social animals, belonging to our tribe is an incredibly important thing. We know that the people we socialise withContinue reading “The bad egg: the problem of changing group dynamics”

Why the carrot/stick approach no longer works in business

Late to the party I know, but I recently watched a TED talk by Dan Pink on motivation and couldn’t resist summarising. In essence, the presentation looked at different ways businesses attempt to motivate their staff, specifically focusing on the effects of a carrot/stick approach. Examining what was originally dubbed the candle problem (thumb tacks in/next to aContinue reading “Why the carrot/stick approach no longer works in business”

Are these behavioural no nos stopping you from getting ahead at work?

As more and more process oriented jobs become automated, it should be no wonder that social skills will become more and more important over time. In a study by Harvard economist David Deming on workplace tasks over the last 40 years, he found that the importance and value placed on social skills increased by 24%Continue reading “Are these behavioural no nos stopping you from getting ahead at work?”