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 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...

Sam Bradford: Staying positive in the face of adversity

Season-ending injuries can take a serious toll on athletes, and Sam Bradford, the quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, has had two of them. While at one point he even considered quitting football, he has demonstrated how having a positive attitude and outwardly expressing confidence can make a huge difference for an athlete trying to recover from devastating injuries.

The Extreme Humanity Of Napalm Death’s Marc Greenway

Napalm Death’s vocalist Marc “Barney” Greenway shares his core humanitarian message and commitment to bring attention to when people are not treated with respect and dignity.

Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

Are you coming home tired and beat? Are you feeling pressure 24/7? Then apply an ET to feel better!

Protecting Mental Health Research from the War on Terror

Have we done enough to prevent government officials from forcing mental health professionals to act unethically?

Sociability: The Core of Social-Emotional Learning

What helps children engage in learning? The cooperative capacity to interact with others—sociability— helps children absorb knowledge both inside and outside of school. Three powerful strategies can increase sociability in the classroom.

The Good, the Bad, and the Future of Creative Collaboration

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 11, 2015 in Innovation You
Collaboration offers us a whole new set of opportunities for growth, but it also presents myriad difficulties.

Going ape in the office

High ranking chimpanzees will actively seek to drive apart coalitions between subordinate group members. Surprisingly, this ancient tactic is used by many bosses today to prevent talented coworkers from usurping their position, despite negatively impacting performance. A recent study investigates why some individuals are driven to divide and conquer.

Why Silence Kills Working Relationships

By Gregory Ciotti on May 10, 2015 in Habits, Not Hacks
Silence is a noxious gas.

Discipline Rooted in Nurturance and Living Example

Discipline is pointing the way. Living example demonstrates the message in vibrant color impacting a child even more than words.

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking about the big picture.

Tattoos and Identity

A website urges you to tattoo a song lyric on "your skin and soul." What's going on?

Is the Home Advantage Overrated in Sports?

Sports fans always hear about the importance of home advantage for the championship playoff series. Is it really worth it?

Let’s Advance Education as a Learning System

By APA Division 15 on April 30, 2015 in PsychEd
Most people would acknowledge that learning is not just about transmitting facts. We eschew the idea that teachers should simply deposit knowledge into the heads of students. Instead, we hope that education will expand students’ understanding of the world and encourage them to discover new ideas and observe how they play out in the world.

A Rap Song For Admin Appreciation Week

With admins working long hours with not enough pay— you really are the Gods and Goddesses of our corporations. If you're having a stressed out day, here's a hilarious rap song written just for you! Even if you're not an admin- you're guaranteed to LOL.

What Do We Love About Sports?

What makes sports so captivating?

Moving Toward Collaboration: Lessons From the Field

It’s never failed to happen that people wake up and take note when I mention the basic set of questions the answer to which comprises a decision-making system: Who makes which decisions? Who provides input? Who hears about it? How and when are the decisions made?

Congress Should Declare That Mice Are Animals - Now!

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in Animals and Us
In 2002, Congress declared that mice and rats and birds are not animals. A new study by PETA shows why it's time to change Federal animal protection statutes.

Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on April 20, 2015 in Innovation You
The strategies you use to market a breakthrough new product will not help you re-conceptualize the way you build an old one. So how do you decide which tool to use when it comes to your innovation project? Here are three factors to consider.

Get Out Of Your Toxic Relationship By Taking These 3 Steps!

Toxic relationships are not good for you. They can break down your emotional health. Here are three steps to get yourself out of your toxic relationship!

Subliminal Messages Can Fortify Inner Strength

Subliminal messages have the power to fortify your inner strength and self-confidence on and off the court.

Fear of Intimacy and Closeness in Relationships

By Hal Shorey Ph.D. on April 18, 2015 in The Freedom to Change
Being in a relationship with someone who shuts down emotionally when times get tough is no fun. It’s also no fun to try your best only to have others accuse you of not being emotionally available. Learning where these avoidant personality styles come from can help you cope more effectively with stress in your relationships and have a more rewarding experience.

Why Do Rich Kids Have Higher Standardized Test Scores?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University recently reported that the academic “achievement gap” on standardized tests between lower-income and higher-income children is reflected in brain anatomy.

Bethlehem: A Subjective Travelogue

My love of the capacity of the human spirit to transcend all odds soared as I munched on a traditional oven-baked lamb dish. Across from me sat one of Holy Land Trust’s core team members, telling me bits of his story of opening up to the vision that fuels the organization. As hard as it was to be there, it was also a tiny slice of what’s humanly possible.

Couple’s Alert - Is Your Love Dying?

By Randi Gunther Ph.D. on April 17, 2015 in Rediscovering Love
By the time I see couples in therapy, they are often at a breaking point. Frustration tolerance is at an all-time low, and a love that once had such hope is floundering badly. We have to get through layers of disillusionment, anger, and hurt to see if there is anything worth saving at all and if both partners want their relationship to heal.

Putting the Happiness Back in “Young and Happy”

By Ran Zilca on April 17, 2015 in Confessions of a Techie
Happiness is a by-product of the pursuit of success, rather than successful accomplishments. Individuals who are actively engaged in the pursuit of goals that are meaningful to them, experience a range of positive emotions and become happier.