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

“Burnout”: The Indelicate Reality of Job Exhaustion

By Frank J. Ninivaggi M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 20, 2016 in Envy This!
“Burnout” sounds like a dirty word, but work-life imbalance is becoming an ever-increasing reality in the workforce.

When I Failed Miserably I Also Succeeded

By Dan Pontefract on September 19, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Why do many of us tend to run from the room screaming when we hear the word "fail"?
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Favoritism and Marginalization in the Workplace

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Beyond Bullying
As the economy continues to sputter, workplace abuse seems to increase. Is this happening where you work?

The Ubiquity of Envy Is Fueling an Epidemic of Entitlement

By Christopher Bergland on September 19, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Of four basic personality types, a new study reports that "Envious" was the most common. How is envy linked to the epidemic of entitlement? What can we do to break this cycle?

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

Football Fan? if Your Team Loses You May Gain Weight

Snacking while watching football may not be the only reason you'll gain weight

God Is Watching You

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Is God our Big Brother who watches over us to make sure we do not do anything bad or foolish?

Aggression and Violence Are Possible, Not Inevitable

Humans are not “bad to the bone,” just really complicated, potentially dangerous, and generally kind. We should remember that.

This Simple Leadership Behavior Also Increases Resilience

By Madelyn Blair Ph.D. on September 14, 2016 in Resilient Leadership
Are you doing this simple behavior that grows your leadership and your resilience? Learn more in this final next-level leadership article.
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Create a Vocabulary for Individual and Team Success in Sport

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 12, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Children become the messages they get the most. The words you use with athletes are powerful influences on the way they think, feel, behave, and performance.

The NFL Is Enforcing New Taunting Penalties

By Laura Martocci Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in You Can’t Sit With Us
How will athletes respond to public humiliation? To 'penalties in kind' that strip them of respect, playing time, even jobs?

Why Louisiana Defendants Say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Two economists suggest a surprising source of racial bias in juvenile sentencing.
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Build a Team Culture for Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on September 07, 2016 in The Power of Prime
How team members, think, feel, behave, and perform are all influenced by the environment in which they practice and compete.
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Why Won't Men Apologize?

Why men don't apologize and some simple steps for them to learn how to do so.

7 Steps to Resolving Conflict With a Passive-Aggressive

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 01, 2016 in Mindful Anger
Healthy conflict resolves disputes, and builds understanding and compassion in relationships.

Can Listening to Music Increase Cooperation at Work?

New research shows happy music helps boost cooperation.

Conflict Resolution: Dancing Your Way to Cooperation?

By Seth Slater M.F.A. on August 30, 2016 in The Dolphin Divide
How to avoid a clash of wills in the face of stubbornness. Making the right moves when it counts can head off flared tempers and open conflict.

Why Not Just Cooperate a Little More?

By Dan Pontefract on August 30, 2016 in Working on Purpose
Cooperate is literally translated from Latin as ‘To work with.' Why don't we do it more?

Why We Need More Empathetic and Compassionate Leaders

By Ray Williams on August 28, 2016 in Wired for Success
Recent studies have shown that contrary to some conventional wisdom, empathetic and compassionate leaders promote trust, collaboration and well-being, and get positive results.

Dear Parent, Call Me With Any Concerns About Your Student

By Marcia Morris M.D. on August 28, 2016 in College Wellness
At a time of increasing distress among college students, I want more parents to collaborate in their child’s psychiatric care.

Why So Many Leaders Fail and Derail

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on August 25, 2016 in A Sideways View
There is a growing literature on the derailed executive. It outlines the paradox of leadership: that some of the factors that help you climb the greasy pole also cause failure!

How “Good Stress” Helps Creativity in the Workplace

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on August 24, 2016 in Tracking Wonder
Not all stress is equal. Which stressful factors can contribute to an employee's creativity and innovation?

Safety First Before You Pokémon Go Out Into the World

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Screen Time
Interest in Pokémon Go has waned a bit in the US, but it is still very much active in other parts of the world, as evidenced by the recent stampede in Taiwan.

Kids, Chimps, and Cooperation

By Art Markman Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
People are pretty good at sharing when they are cooperating. When does that ability develop? Is it uniquely human?

Chimpanzees Choose to Cooperate Rather Than to Compete

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Animal Emotions
Comparative research continues to show humans aren't unique in displaying cooperative behavior. Nonhuman primates, other mammals, along with birds and fishes, show cooperation.
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Tune in to Your Inner Olympians

By Margaret Moore on August 20, 2016 in Life Changes
Are you wondering how to organize inside out? Here's a new model of the human psyche, an adult version of the Pixar movie, Inside Out.

Exercising Our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 8

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on August 19, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The future is uncertain. There is little doubt about that. Scenario-based collective intelligence design may help us to shape the future, specifically, through our innovations.
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When Work Can Be Damaging To Your Health

Companies should, through well-trained managers, pay attention to the behavior of their employees.

Who Are Psychology's Geniuses? Part 2

I offer a few more nominations for psychologists whose contributions deserve to be called ingenious, and some analysis of what makes them stand out. See if you agree.

The Difference-Makers

Do you want to change a dysfunctional organizational culture? Speeches, values statements — none of these make a dent. But there may be a simple strategy that works.