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

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 The Sports Mind
Three days of post-workout recovery may be the optimal time needed to return to top form.

What "My Child Won't Cooperate!" Really Means

We often hear parents say, "My child won't do what I ask! He just won't cooperate!" Maybe it's because we are lying to ourselves about what we really want.

How to Deal with a Toxic Work Environment

By Kerry Patterson on June 19, 2015 in Crucial Conversations
I'm an HR manager in a nonprofit mental-health organization -- experiencing many complaints from managers about dealing with poor workplace behaviors. Although not illegal, these behaviors are unhealthy and unproductive. Employees do not seem capable of getting along with each other, and it's harming our ability to work efficiently. What can I do to address it?

Landing Interviews But Not Job Offers? 20 Possible Problems

By Brad Waters on June 19, 2015 in Design Your Path
"Help, I'm getting interviews but no job offers! What's wrong with me?" What to do when a foot in the door isn't getting you far enough.

Time to Work Together

By Paul Gionfriddo on June 19, 2015 in Finding Tim
The issues that we hope will be debated in Congress this year will put some focus on screening, on earlier identification and intervention regarding mental health concerns, on integrating health and behavioral health care, and on evaluating programs to assure that they lead people to recovery, not to more serious illness and worse outcomes. Surely we can agree on this.

The Golf Decathlon—Motivation and Ability Put to the Test

Ever wonder what goes on in the mind of someone playing 10 rounds of golf in one day. Here's your chance to take a glimpse by following my thoughts from the golf decathlon I just completed.

Weight Loss Motivation: Secrets to Staying on Track, Part 2

In 1996 a team of scientists from the Departments of Psychology and Medicine at the University of Rochester in New York wanted to investigate motivation and weight loss. The researchers found that the type of motivation the participants had significantly affected how much weight was lost.

How to Tell a Dog What to Do Next

Research confirms that eye contact and a dog's name are critical components in getting a dog to respond to a learned command.

The Best Defense Against Jet Lag? Ask the NBA

By Mark Travers Ph.D. on June 10, 2015 in The Sports Mind
NBA teams may be getting better at mitigating players' jet lag.

The 3 Career Paths—Which Are You On?

By Aaron Hurst on June 10, 2015 in The Purpose Economy
People are driven to find meaning in their work by following one of three paths.

How To Build Great Work Teams

How can we ensure that we build good teams, with capable, qualified workers, who are rewarding to work with?

Stories of Seclusion:Tired of "Stupid & Lazy" He Works Alone

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
The 8th in a series on people who choose to spend much time alone.

"The Boys in the Boat"

Daniel Brown's book about the American oarsmen who won a gold medal at Hitler's 1936 Olympics provides food for thought for people who are interested in the development and expression of character.

Nine Ways to Transform "Bad" Behavior

There is no such thing as a brat, only a child who is hurting. When our starting point as parents is a close bond with our children, we are their North Star, the point around which they orient. They want more than anything in the world to protect that relationship and meet our expectations, as long as that doesn't compromise their own integrity.

Religious Freedoms From The Other Side

As an openly gay therapist, I have counseled deeply religious clients. They knew what I was and I knew what they were. And yet, we were able to have a successful therapeutic business relationship.

A Child is Being Beaten—Ever or Never?

Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) made famous the stark phrase “the banality of evil.” This complex idea connotes colossal destructiveness done by men of less than colossal character. The everyday pervasiveness of senseless cruelty---humankind’s inhumanity toward itself---makes it clear that the inclination of destructiveness is real. Effective parenting is primary prevention.

Creative Rehabilitation For Brain Injury. Part 1: Concussion

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Often good rehabilitation facilities for brain-injured people are not readily accessible or affordable. Creative programs involving family and friends as the rehabilitation support team can be very effective in these cases, and are in place for the long term, unlike rehab centers. In this first post I focus on concussion.

10 Secrets Every Parent Needs to Know About Saying No

How can I say "no" if I don't resort to threats? This is, of course, the million dollar question. All parents wish their children would just comply when we ask them to do something. Luckily, it is indeed possible to help children want to cooperate, without resorting to yelling, threats or harshness. Read on to learn how.

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment

Five Steps to Improve Your Listening and Empowerment: How to get your direct reports to quickly tell you what they need from you, so both of you feel more effective. The Managers' Misstep and the VIVID tool are both explained.

Being a Great Manager: The Art of Supervision

Management is about leadership, fairness, clarity, flexibility. But with different staff with different personalities and experience, it's about adapting you style to best meet their needs. Some tips.

The Long Hot Pressure: Cool it With Micro-Successes

It is hard to stay motivated for the long run but easier if you take this suggestion.

How to Put Together a Winning Team

By Chester S Spell Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 in Team Spirit
Some teams are built upon the shoulders of a ‘hero.’ Others are a collection of equals in getting work done. The different styles are on display right now in the NBA playoffs, and how well the players work together sometimes seems as much the story as their sheer individual talent.

The Psychology of Getting Back in the Batter’s Box

Want to learn about building resilience? Developing team values? Developing a positive identity? Little League baseball has got all of this and more.

How Do Positive Leaders Build Positive Identities?

As a leader what stories are you telling about yourself and your team members? How might these stories be shaping the way you think, feel and act? Could a more positive interpretation lead to better outcomes?

The Three Core Tactics That Result In Better Leadership

“Leadership”…the word conjures up visions of boardrooms, strategies being implemented, and big ideas coming to fruition. Well, the reality for many leaders is much more mundane because they find themselves lacking the time to expand their focus on the bigger picture and opportunities. We have found that three simple actions can free up the critical time...