Relationship Roundup

In the roundup this week, scientific insight into our boastful nature, and some tips for calibrating our creativity, productivity, and leadership skills.

Braggadocio is our nature – Harvard University neuroscientists have recently discovered that one of the reasons our human nature leans towards talking about ourselves is because it’s just plain pleasurable. Read the Wall Street Journal article here: http://on.wsj.com/IFUTtM.

Upending hierarchy –Team Innovation is best achieved when hierarchy doesn’t impede new frames of thought. Chris Trimble, author of Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere, shares how building teams for innovation requires less structure and more open communication and creativity. Read the Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/JTUEKS.

Productivity and value – Adding value to your organization means being as productive as possible in the areas where the company needs it most. This isn’t always reflected in our to-do-lists for the day. In his blog, Josh Linkner pushes us to evaluate our value added activity and refocus on those things that mean more to the success of the business and our personal growth. Read Josh’s blog here: http://bit.ly/L3h1EI.

Email efficiency – It’s a common challenge and none of us are immune to the email overload creep. The more resources you have for managing it the better. Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done shares his tips for managing email overwhelm. Read the Harvard Business Review blog here: http://bit.ly/JTY7Ju.

Leadership skills – Elevating to the C-Suite involves adopting an entirely different level of skills and qualifications. eCoach and consultant Dana Theus calls it the “invisible resume”. Register for her upcoming webinar to learn more about building executive presence. Read the SmartBrief blog and sign up here: http://bit.ly/IT3AQS.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.

Jonathan Fields Says You Are Exactly As Lucky As You Believe You Are

Jonathan Fields is a speaker, entrepreneur, and author of the book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance. Jonathan joined Never Eat Alone co-author Tahl Raz on the Social Capitalist to talk about his work around the idea of certainty anchors as a tool to support innovation. Here, Jonathan talks about luck, and how it is frequently in the eye of the beholder:

Richard Weismann was doing experiments. He wanted to try and figure out whether there is some commonality among the lucky. Is there something that some people do that makes them luckier or less lucky than others?

So what he did is he got two groups of people together. One group self-identified as being very unlucky. The other group self-identified as being very lucky. He sat them all down and he said, “Okay, here’s a newspaper. I’m going to time you. I want you to go through the newspaper as quickly as possible and count every picture that you see in the newspaper.” The people who identified themselves as being unlucky took about two minutes on average, and they returned and said, “Okay, there are 43 pictures in the newspaper.”

The people, on average, who identified themselves as lucky took a few seconds and came back with the exact same number. Continue reading

Relationship Roundup

Collaborate and innovate with greater aptitude using this week’s five finds in the Roundup.

From Improv to Innovation — Maintaining the sparks of creativity in an organization takes work. Here the author shares how his company uses improv sessions to spark brainstorms that benefit the businesses’ evolution and its employee morale. Read the Inc. article here http://bit.ly/AvLKOT.

Upgrading the long slow coffee — This Chicago based café operated by State Farm insurance is using the social advantages of the coffee house vibe to get closer to existing and potential consumers. Read more about this great idea here http://bit.ly/ybFqYU.

The Perks of Paying it Forward – This is a generous idea we can get behind. One woman’s generous act of leaving behind $100 to pay for the coffee and snacks of those that came after her has sparked collective generosity in a South Carolina coffee shop. Now the shop owner receives funds from patrons and those just passing by in the neighborhood to pay for the next person’s coffee or food. Read about it in the GOOD magazine community here http://bit.ly/zBMBDC.

Collaborative Environments – Learn how environmental cues trigger behavioral outcomes and how to design more collaborative team environments in this blog post from I2I. Read the blog here http://bit.ly/yz5r7q.

Inspired Collaboration – This Inc. story is not only inspiring, but also illustrates how connecting with others can lead to inspired ideas and collaborations with those that can help make your goals a reality. Read the article here http://bit.ly/wqe1RY.

Kibibi Springs is myGreenlight’s Community Director.