Our neural and genetic make-up favours connection over isolation, but there is a trend of disconnection at the workplace. To reverse this, we need to take risks and exchange real emotions of friendship. Communicating from the heart rather than the head is the key to success.
The power of us
The psychology of groups is the natural human condition. Your social identity is constantly changing, often outside your conscious awareness. Sometimes this happens against your wishes to reflect the interests of the social groups you are part of. That fluidity of identity has a powerful influence over your feelings, beliefs and behaviours.
How To Change
Changing behaviour is hard. There’s a lot of advice out there and yet widely touted techniques don’t always help you change. It’s critical to understand your particular situation and tailor a strategy to overcome it. The surest path to success is to develop a change programme based on your individual circumstances.
The Joy Of Work
Constant connectivity is leaving us joyless, more stressed, and less curious and creative. At the same time, artificial intelligence is likely to leave us only with jobs that require curiosity and creativity. No matter where you are in an organisation, it is possible to rediscover the joy of work.
The brain is an error-prone instrument that we rely on to make judgements or decisions. Bias, or systematic error, is well understood, for example an optimistic forecaster. However, random scatter or noise gets hardly any attention despite being an equally important source of error. Noise can be significantly reduced and the benefits can be huge.
Our ways of thinking become ingrained habits and we don’t question this until it’s too late. Everyone has the capacity to master the art of rethinking, which makes us happier and more successful. A hallmark of wisdom is knowing when to abandon old thinking habits and develop new ones.
Everyone has the capacity to become expert at something. It doesn’t matter where we end up because the improvement in ourselves is what matters. This process is at the core of being human. On the path to mastery are nutrients and toxins that help or hinder our progress.
Leadership By Algorithm
Management is not leadership. The former is about running things well. It’s well suited to automation through smart algorithms. Leadership on the other hand is about the wise human touch. We should focus on purposeful and inclusive leadership using our unique abilities. AI will tend to the rest.
Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps
We rely on cognitive shortcuts designed for a simpler, less connected world. In today’s complex environment they become ‘mindtraps’ that lead us astray. We need to adapt and develop new habits so that we’re less overwhelmed, solve problems better, improve relationships and like ourselves more.
Cognitive diversity in teams has a significant positive impact when we’re tackling challenges that require more creativity, better prediction and more effective problem solving. The catch is that it’s hard to achieve because of our tendency to be comfortable with same-ness.