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

Dancing With Change

By Tim Leberecht on October 26, 2016 in The Romance of Work
A conversation with Lorna Davis, Chief Manifesto Catalyst of food company Danone, about how to bring manifestos to life and why even Fortune 500 businesses are like families.

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

By Jonathan Fader Ph.D. on October 24, 2016 in The New You
You are your kid's most important coach. Learn how performance psychologists and mental conditioning coaches help youth athletes and parents to work together to develop talent.

Secret Service Dogs: How Their Work Is Vital to Our Safety

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A new book called "Secret Service Dogs: The Heroes Who Protect the President of the United States" explains how these hidden heroes serve to protect presidents and us.
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Over-Optimism, Overconfidence, and the JUDO Framework

Thinking positively can be good, but does over-optimism harm or hurt you business? Here are a few tips to temper your bias.

Do Uniform Colors Matter in Sports?

By Geoff Haddock Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Attitude Check
Does the color of a sports team's uniforms influence how they are perceived and how they behave? A look using archival data from professional sports.

Stone-Aged Minds in Modern Voting Booths

Under ancestral conditions, large-scale politics did not exist. But small-scale politics, or the politics found in localized communities, have characterized our species for eons.

A Team Approach to Developing Mental Skills

Do you ever get frustrated when other team staff members undermine your messages? Working with coaches around sport psychology can go a long way!

In Defense of the Value of Football

Despite the recent fears of CTE, football remains a valuable tool for developing youth.

How to Deal With the Gossipmonger at Your Workplace

Gossip at the workplace is likely here to stay. What can you do about it if you are the victim?

On Being a Rabid Sports Fan

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in How To Do Life
What's behind one super-fan's enthusiasm?

A Potpourri of Career Questions

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
How high to aim? Should I change careers? Am I wrong to hate teamwork? And more.

Finding Happiness in a Burger Joint

Can team bonding lead to better business?


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with Nobel Prize winner, Robert Shiller

Drone Policy: Reducing the Human Cost

Social psychology can help us understand and address our drone policy problems.
U.S. Air Force Photo/John Van Winkle

Born to Run

By Stephen Gray Wallace on October 04, 2016 in Decisions Teens Make
Both unstructured play and highly structured sports offer real opportunities for personal growth.

10 Tips for Friendly Political Discussions

Although some of us like to “root for the underdogs,” most of us still want to be on the winning team. How do you discuss politics with friends who pull for the "other" team?

The Top 3 Insights of Highly Innovative Leaders

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. on October 03, 2016 in Feeling It
The #1 quality CEOs look for in employees: creativity. Here's the secret to an innovative mind

Five Lessons We Learned from the “Mail Order Family" Fiasco

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on October 01, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
NBC faced widespread backlash for attempting to develop a sitcom about a Filipina "mail order bride." Now that the project has been stopped, how do we not repeat the same mistake?

The Anatomy of a Game Changer

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in A Sideways View
The business world is obsessed with finding and nurturing real game changers. What are they like?

“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?