Tag Archives: Teams

Social Networks & Your Network

  1. A new study of social network marketing (think Facebook) illustrates that the larger your network the greater the value generated and the more stable the network…anyone remember MySpace?
  2. In low-intensity networks (like your personal network), effective management can serve as the catalyst for growth…Are you being proactive with your network? Reached out to any long lost contacts lately?
  3. Networking success can be emulated and adapted. If your network isn’t world-class today, it doesn’t have to stay that way… Learn what’s working for others and make it your own!

Reach out with outreach and connect today!

Work and Creativity

  1. A new study suggests that creativity outside of work can enhance job performance
  2. Creative activities outside of work seem to directly enhance the ability of employees to problem solve and help others on the job
  3. Researchers suggest organizations can encourage employees to pursue creative hobbies outside of work by sponsoring contests and offering discounts for supplies

Source: Kevin J. Eschleman, Jamie Madsen, Gene Alarcon, Alex Barelka. Benefiting from creative activity: The positive relationships between creative activity, recovery experiences, and performance-related outcomes. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 2014

Performance and Work Environment

  1. Attempts to change the social or physical workplace environment do have positive effects on work-related outcomes
  2. Changes to the social environment seem to lead to better work performance
  3. Changes in the physical environment seem to help workers concentrate

Source: Effectiveness of a Combined Social and Physical Environmental Intervention on Presenteeism, Absenteeism, Work Performance, and Work Engagement in Office Employees. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2014

Some rules of thumb I live by

  1. People are the key to professional, personal and social success
  2. Relationships are a choice
  3. Articulate what you want
  4. Engage with people in mutual support for mutual success
  5. Generosity and service to others is the starting point for outreach
  6. Keep a lifeline group to hold you accountable
  7. Be willing to regularly take a vulnerable look at yourself
  8. Work your plan to reach out to others
  9. Relationships aren’t a set of activities; they are a lifestyle
  10. You have a duty to be a teacher, not just a pupil

BR = PR

A key tenet of our approach is that business relationships and personal relationships are in essence the same (BR = PR). The book Disarming Cupid by the editors of Scientific American discusses several scientifically proven ways to enhance romantic relationships. What is interesting about it is that most of the techniques can be used in a non-romantic and even professional context. Some of my favorite findings:

  1. Excitement. Researchers such as Arthur Aron of Stony Brook show that people bond emotionally through exercise, adventure or exposure to dangerous situations
  2. Proximity. Researchers like Leon Festinger show that just being around someone tends to create positive feelings towards that person
  3. Similarity. Researchers like Dan Ariely of Duke University show that people tend to pair off with those similar in attractiveness, intelligence and background
  4. Humor. Researchers like Jeanette and Robert Lauer have showed that in long term, happy relationships, partners make each other laugh a lot
  5. Self-disclosure. Researchers such as Arthur Aron show that people tend to become closer when they share secrets with each other

Check out the book Disarming Cupid for more great insights!