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

Status in a Group Affects Generosity Toward the Group

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
Groups of people naturally form groups that have status hierarchies. How does someone's status affect their generosity toward other group members?

Personality Traits, Emotional Intelligence and Collaboration

There is a strong connection between certain personality traits, emotional intelligence and collaborative potential.

Have You Found The HERO In Your Team?

When your people are faced with challenges how do they generally respond?

7 Ways to Annoy the Boss (and Why You Should Avoid Them)

Striving for success in your career may mean nothing more than succeeding at work. Getting those good job ratings can be in reach if you steer clear of these pitfalls.

A Life Lesson from LI

99 percent probability does not make it 100 percent definite. Don't give up!

How Learning Theory Can Help STEM Educators

By APA Division 15 on February 06, 2017 in PsychEd
Is traditional lecture-style teaching the best technique for large science courses? Student-centered learning techniques provide alternatives to lecturing., used with permission.

The Knowledge Curse

By Steve Albrecht DBA on February 05, 2017 in The Act of Violence
How do you handle people that "know it all" and won't shut up about it?

From Function Head to CEO's Valued Adviser

From function head to CEO's valued business adviser. Ready to make the journey? We have a road map for you.
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Office Gossip: How to Make Sure It's NOT About You

If people didn’t behave badly at work, there’d be no such thing as office gossip. Here’s how to reduce your chances of being the subject.

Why ESPN Is the Premier Learning Channel

By Joanne Broder Sumerson Ph.D. on February 01, 2017 in Research Notes
If you really listen, sports broadcasting provides significantly more substance than just the play-by-play of the game. These lessons are right there in front of us.

The First Day of Camp

Developing positive relationships goes a long in determining our effectiveness when working in teams. Here are some tips for effectively establishing strong relationships

How Androgyny Works (Part 2)

By Audrey Nelson Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in He Speaks, She Speaks
You have heard the saying, ―Our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. This is a man’s job, we say, or that’s women’s work.
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When It Comes to Caring, More Brake, Less Gas Pedal

By Steve Albrecht DBA on January 30, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Most of the time, you don't need to care so much.

5 Simple Yet Powerful Ways to Get Kids to Cooperate

By Erin Leyba LCSW, Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Joyful Parenting
Parents have to move kids through tasks like chores, potty, teeth-brushing, etc. Here are 5 tools to strengthen cooperation, reduce resistance, and promote bonding along the way.

Team Trump's Troubling Relationship with Truth

By Victor Lipman on January 26, 2017 in Mind of the Manager
It's common for business people to "spin" the facts a bit, but spinning and lying are very different.

The Neurochemistry of Power Conversations

You will recognize this situation: The boss gathers all the teams reporting to business unit heads, including you, for a meeting. Why doesn't it work?

Is Humanity's "Moral Sense" Inherited or Nurtured?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on January 22, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
Humans inherit many things from their ancestors beyond genes. Darwin argued with evidence that humanity's "moral sense" is part of their nature, not against it. Where did it go?

Babies are Counting on Donald Trump

By Tricia Striano Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Smart Baby
Babies voted for Trump, what will they build?

Wonderful Wickenheiser Inspired Greatness in Girls

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 14, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
An Olympic hockey champion and female trailblazer has retired. Hayley's interview in "Project Superhero" is excerpted here.
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Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

By Peter Bregman on January 12, 2017 in How We Work
Your organization’s biggest strategic challenge isn’t strategic thinking—it’s strategic acting.

Did a Drop in Testosterone Civilize Modern Humans?

By Nathan H. Lents, Ph.D. on January 09, 2017 in Beastly Behavior
Changes in the human face over the last 100,000 years may indicate a reduction in testosterone. This may have been key to the emergence of modern civilization.

Why the Pundits Can't Figure Out Donald Trump

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on January 05, 2017 in BrainSnacks
Those who despise Trump, and even those who worship him, can't seem to grasp the simple truth, which is: He Is Actually As Simple as He Appears. What you see is what you'll get.

Women Entrepreneurs, Bosses, and Leaders

By Sydney Finkelstein Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Superbosses
Women are different than men, but how are female entrepreneurs different from male entrepreneurs? Great insights on differences, similarities, and what makes for great leadership.

How to Improve the Process of Your Next Project

By Bernardo Tirado, PMP on January 02, 2017 in Digital Leaders
To ensure great work, I needed to find a way to accelerate the process of cohesion, so I developed the Ways of Working Canvas...

How Therapists and Coaches May Become Obsolete

By Ray Williams on January 02, 2017 in Wired for Success
AI and automation will not only eliminate jobs but will transform every aspect of work including the jobs of therapists and coaches.

Life (and Death) Lessons Learned from "The Walking Dead"

The Walking Dead offers commentary on the struggles anyone might face in the worst situations. People can struggle to retain their humanity even without an apocalyptic scenario.

Project Arete

By Michael D. Matthews Ph.D. on December 29, 2016 in Head Strong
Strengths of character are especially important when leading others in dangerous and challenging situations.

Why Is Violence So Contagious?

By Christopher Bergland on December 26, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Violence is contagious. This week, two new studies put the epidemic of violence spreading like a communicable disease within social networks and communities back in the spotlight.

Giving Love and Support to Others Could Help You Live Longer

By Christopher Bergland on December 24, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Making an effort to take care of people within—and beyond—your immediate family is associated with longer life expectancy for the caregiver, according to a new international study.

The Inciting Word of Sports

By Ryan Martin Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in All the Rage
Worried you are getting too angry over football? Here are four things you can do.