From Charles Duhigg in NY Times Magazine: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.
From David Brooks in NY Times: If we actually want to build real character, we should model on schools that build real community.
From Roger Schwarz: Giving feedback in the right setting is important. It affects your team’s performance, working relationships and well-being. Here are some guidelines and explanations for when to give feedback in a team setting, and when to offer it one-one one:
From 99u: Allison Eck speaks with members of conductor-less chamber groups about how they organize rehearsals, communicate during performances, and deal with conflict. Here’s what groups like A Far Cry and the Kronos Quartet can teach us about the functioning of a healthy, innovative team.
From Change This: Why does society tend to work in opposition to we if we is clearly a superior strategy? Why don’t human beings make stronger moves to get past me … ? Because psychologically and historically, me is a durable way to survive and succeed. Politics and business are competitive and capitalistic. Head-to-head, me appears to be the most viable strategy. But perception isn’t reality.
Social science and history expose me as a less steady way to survive, and a fragile way to thrive. And when me leaves work and goes home, stakes can get even higher. Emotions are closer to the surface. Love is deeper. Commitments are stronger. Me collapses entirely as a carryover strategy from boardrooms to living rooms.”
From strategy+business: Employees often view meetings as a waste of time. But if managers can strike the right balance when leading meetings, they can exploit an already established part of the workday to boost employees’ morale and productivity.
From NY Times: Solitude is out of fashion. Our companies, our schools and our culture are in thrall to an idea I call the New Groupthink, which holds that creativity and achievement come from an oddly gregarious place. Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in. But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption. And the most spectacularly creative people in many fields are often introverted, according to studies by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist. They’re extroverted enough to exchange and advance ideas, but see themselves as independent and individualistic. They’re not joiners by nature.
From ALIA Institute: Tucked away in the small Appalachian community of Burnsville, North Carolina, is a family farm and a place of meeting that has recently become the new home base for Juanita Brown and David Isaacs, Co-Founders of the World Café. Together with Ashley Cooper, a young educator, community organizer, and Executive Director of TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, they are collaborating with Juanita’s 90-year-old mother and younger members from the nearby community to deepen the legacy of the farm for future generations.