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

Donald Trump and Our Obsession With Narcissistic Leaders

By Ray Williams on July 28, 2015 in Wired for Success
Americans are obsessed with narcissistic leaders, or at least they have an ambivalence between the ones they like and the ones they promote.

Memory, Body Language and Personality in Soccer

By Ben Lyttleton on July 27, 2015 in Twelve Yards
USA lost its Gold Cup soccer play-off to Panama on penalties - but could the team have avoided defeat?

Breaking The Bystander Effect in Sports Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on July 24, 2015 in Brain Trauma
We witness concussions frequently, yet from the sidelines and stands, we may gasp or cringe. But we definitely won't do or say anything, right? It's the dreaded "Bystander Effect," that has people stunned still when someone yells, "call 911!" However, I propose every youth sports team in the US empower a "Concussion Coordinator" to solve this problem.

Are You a Giver or a Taker?

Think you are a Giver? There's something to watch out for that could turn you into a Taker.

Get Real About Teamwork

When a team mate is uncooperative, you may be tempted to ignore it to maintain the harmony. But if you do this all the time, fake cooperation gets confused with real cooperation. You shouldn't have to choose between team work and reality. Here's a way to have both.

Penalty Shoot-Outs Are Not a Lottery

By Ben Lyttleton on July 23, 2015 in Twelve Yards
Why scoring a penalty-kick in soccer is more about the mind than the foot

Who Makes a Qualified Children’s Media Researcher?

By Jamie Krenn Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in Screen Time
Thoughts related to research training within the field of children's media.

The ‘Magic Potion’ of Team Chemistry

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on July 21, 2015 in Team Spirit
Different mixes for different teams? Research suggests that what’s good for chemistry in management teams might not be true for teams in other types of work.

"Team Coaching"—Transforming Aspiration to Inspiration

By Solange Charas on July 20, 2015 in The CEO Whisperer
Does team coaching work? Here's an account of the meteoric rise of the YHS resulting from their team assessment and coaching from Dr. Solange Charas.

Career Advice for Geniuses

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in How To Do Life
Career advice for brilliant people is often different from standard counsel.

Tribes Always Triumph

By Paddy Steinfort on July 19, 2015 in Quick Wins
In adversity, tribes support each other in many ways - some of which research has shown increase willpower and resilience

7 Keys to Handling Difficult Teenagers

It’s not easy when you have to deal with difficult teenagers in your life, whether they are your children, students, athletes, group members, or employees. What can you do in the face of a challenging adolescent? Here are seven keys to successfully handle difficult teenagers...

Coliberation

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2015 in On Having Fun
Playing well together

Game of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is good. Yet, it is not always forthcoming. This should tell us something about human psychology.

The Higher You Climb, the Less You Control

By Lybi Ma on July 15, 2015 in Brainstorm
How does a leader achieve his best results?

Does Human Nature Make Genocide Inevitable?

I just appeared in a BBC debate about whether future genocide is inevitable. I said that it wasn't, especially if we utilize knowledge about human nature. Here's why I'm so optimistic about our evolved psychology and potential for peace.

Is Your Team Effective?

What scientists helping NASA prepare for a Mars Mission can tell you about running an effective team - whether a workgroup, a Girls' Scouts troupe, or a family.

The Human Side of Change

By Joseph Grenny on July 13, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
When leaders continue to pay attention to how they handle both crucial conversations and crucial accountability discussions, they enjoy significant and lasting change.

The Psychology of Sports Fandom

Sports fan allegiances illustrate basic properties of the self, including bolstering our self-esteem, improving our belongingness with others, and justifying our belief systems. These processes reflect broader human motives that can explain a considerable amount of behavior, ranging from nationalism to vigorously defending economic and religious systems.

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 3: Stroke

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on July 12, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
It is especially important to think outside the box when planning rehabilitation for victims of stroke who are young or members of a minority group.

A Flexible Path to Recovery for Individuals and Family

With its credentialed staff, Seasons in Malibu bucks the beachside recovery stereotype.

Women’s World Cup Win: Contributions to Tween Self-Esteem

Each of these players tells a unique story. What bonds them all together is their love of soccer and their desire to be the best. Role models such as the USA Women’s National Soccer team are important for our tweens and teens. Their accomplishments as individuals, and of course, their victory as a team model important lessons.

Soccer Star Carli Lloyd on How to Kick Criticism to the Curb

As the World Cup began, American soccer's Carli Lloyd faced stunning criticism from a former coach. Her response can teach us all how to keep destructive criticism from knocking us off our feet.

Evil Geniuses Need Not Apply

Novel research demonstrates that being a team player can not only be nice, it can also be smart.

The Neuroscience of Forming New Memories

In a breakthrough study, an international team of neuroscientists has identify how new memories are formed by individual neurons.

Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization

Often we hear about unethical and egregious behavior of organizations and their leaders that seem intent on screwing their customers, lying and cheating, and laughing all the way to the bank.Yet, there are many ways that organizations can create a culture that supports and nurtures ethics. And good ethics is good business in the end. What have so many not gotten the memo?

Paying it Forward

Imagine someone does something nice for you. You then see someone else that needs help. Are you more likely to help that person? What if you were mistreated by someone, are you more likely to then mistreat a person unrelated to the situation?

Ending the Torment

The Resilience Regiment speaks with Ken Chance, founder of the Arrowhead Lodge.

Rwandan Stories of Change

The Genocide Archive Rwanda helps to preserve history, educate and promote peace building

How to Kick Fatigue? Try Science’s New “3-Day” Rule

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Social Instincts
Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.