All About Teamwork

Let's work together: On the playing field, at the office, raising children. Humans are social animals, and civilization is the result of pooled effort. So it pays to figure out what got us here, and how we can continue to join forces going forward.

Recent Posts on Teamwork

Why “Bribing” Your Child With Treats Doesn’t Work

By Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on October 08, 2015 All Grown Up
Do you offer your child a “reward” to get him or her to comply with a rule? “If you tidy you room, I’ll take you to the movies.” But this is not a reward — this is a bribe. And “bribery” is not an effective parenting technique. Learn why bribing does not work when it comes to gaining your child's cooperation and what does.

Discrimination, Crime and Media Reporting on Campus

Times are changing. Planning is Learning. Safety, security and equity are essential in enabling students to succeed.

The Transhumanist Party Turns 1-Year-Old

On October 7th, 2015, the Transhumanist Party reached its first birthday. Started as a way to introduce forward thinking and futurist politics into government, the party has caught on around the world and now has over a dozen national parties. The motto of the Transhumanist Party in America is: Putting Science, Health, and Technology at the Forefront of US Politics.

Two Low-Cost Ways to Avoid High-Cost Concussion Challenge

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on October 06, 2015 Brain Trauma
Concussions are costing millions of dollars in research, treatment and prevention. Unfortunately, they can also cost lives. Here are two simple, low-tech, low-cost ways to get our heads in the game.

A Kinder, Gentler World Starting with Football?

Seahawks coach Carroll “embraces diversity, encourages free expression, promotes self-discovery and remains positive.”

Fish Show Coordinated Vigilance and Watch Each Other's Backs

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 06, 2015 Animal Emotions
A new study shows fish display coordinated reciprocity providing safety for foraging partners; they watch one another's back. The results add to the database showing fish are much smarter than most people assume, and can rightfully be included as members of the sentience club. One researcher notes, "This may also require a shift in how we study and ethically treat fishes."

Building an Effective Team Culture

A strong team culture is important to success and member satisfaction. A few coaching strategies can help teams quickly and effectively foster a positive culture.

Future of Careers Part 3

Managing Your Career in the 21st Century: three critical things to do.

Cooperation and the public good

Social scientists differ about the relative virtues of top-down verses peer-to-peer actions to secure public goods like clean water and air and safe foods and pharmaceuticals. Recent decision experiments suggest that in modern societies, both dimensions are necessary, and that they’re complementary to each other.

The Age of Decentralized, Distributed Knowledge

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 02, 2015 Jacob's Staff
For centuries, the flow of information has followed the structure of organizations. This is no longer true. What changes have resulted from the explosion in connectivity and information-sharing? How are organizations and leadership struggling to cope? How will our lives be affected? What can we learn from the resistance to innovation/change?

Rampage as a Team Instinct

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on October 01, 2015 A Swim in Denial
Humans have evolved powerful social bonding that shows up in group rivalry and team spirit. In civilization, where strangers can live together, the lethal competition of warfare is safely symbolized in team sports such as football. In rampage killing, as in the Roseburg Oregon massacre, that symbolic quality breaks down.

Don’t Let The Algorithm Become Your Rockstar!

By Tim Leberecht on September 30, 2015 The Romance of Work
What we need in our organizations are not smarter, more powerful algorithms, we need more true rock stars—visionaries and “misfits” who defy the confines of strict rationality, and rhyme more than they reason.

Build Your Nest Together

By Jennifer Verdolin Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Wild Connections
Are you as good at cooperating in your relationship as you think you are? A few activities can reveal how well you and your partner work together.

In Defense of Watching Football

By Jaime L. Kurtz Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Happy Trails
Five benefits of tuning into America's favorite sport.

Make Candor a Priority

Here are 5 things you can do, as a Leader of Change, to elevate candor and TRUST as the foundation for healthy conversations in your organization.

Why a Code Phrase Can Save Your Relationship

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
After nine years of marriage, Elisha and Elon knew two things for sure; that they still loved one another and that unless they stopped having such bad arguments, they’d never make it to their tenth anniversary. Here's what happened:

Overcoming Intimate Relationship Dynamics

You cannot be happy in love without being compassionate and kind.

When Gentrification Hits Home

By Ariel Gore on September 24, 2015 Women and Happiness
I belonged here because my new father said I belonged here. "If anyone asks you where you're from," my new father said, "you say 'who, me?' and you point to the tallest, closest mountain you can see and you say, 'I just hiked down from the top of that mountain this morning. Where are you from?'"

The Day I Played Against Yogi Berra, and He Let Me Win

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on September 23, 2015 Living Single
Many years ago, George Plimpton chose me to play on his team of fans. We took on the Mickey Mantle All-Stars in Yankee Stadium, and Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and the rest of the team let us win.

The Decision Scorecard

Personnel evaluations are often painful, for the supervisor and for the employee. Instead of evaluating the person, why not evaluate the decisions? List the decisions the person made during the year and review how they got made and how they turned out. This approach turns a critical conversation into a collaborative one, driven by curiosity.

Buying a Pig in a Poke

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Hive Mind
What psychologists might say about the David Cameron initiation story.

Advocacy in Action: How to Change the World for Your Child

School doesn’t work well for every child. But by working together with others, parents can become knowledgeable about educational policies and practices, and learn to advocate effectively to get their child’s learning needs met. Here’s a 10-step action plan from Dona Matthews, PhD, and Joanne Foster, EdD.

Can People With Different Views Get Along? One Hopeful Case

By David Ropeik on September 17, 2015 How Risky Is It, Really?
We identify by various group labels, but the basic human social instinct to bond together in the name of comfort, safety, and survival, can trump those tribes.

Why More and More Companies Are Dropping Performance Reviews

By Ray Williams on September 13, 2015 Wired for Success
The reality is that the traditional performance appraisal as practiced in the majority of organizations today is fundamentally flawed and incongruent with our values-based, vision-driven and collaborative work environments.

Attractions That Go Sour: The Good & Bad of Complementarity

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on September 11, 2015 Fixing Families
What we're most attracted to in another is often what eventually can drive us crazy. Some of the whys and ways to sidestep such reactions

The Sports Ethic

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 A Sideways View
What are the unique beliefs and values of those in competitive sport?

Developing a Science of Interrogation

The most effective interrogation techniques are those that emphasize cooperation and relationship building. Confrontation is far less effective.

Leadership Lessons From the Navy Seals

Leadership is a key component of any organization. For the U.S. Navy Sea, Air, and Land teams (SEALs) leadership defines their culture. Leadership is a code by which all SEALs must live.

9 Things Only Passive-Aggressive People Do

While most people take the passive-aggressive approach once in a while, for some people manipulation and indirect communication become a way of life.

Do You Know Your Derailment Factors? Part One.

By Megan Dalla-Camina on August 31, 2015 Real Women
Knowing your derailment factors is critical to your career success. In Part One of this two part series, business and leadership strategist Megan Dalla-Camina outlines 6 of the twelve factors you need to be thinking about to maximise your success.