Connection improves employee and business performance. A study conducted by MIT researchers followed 2,600 IBM employees for an entire year, and they found that the more socially connected the IBM employees were, the better they performed. Additionally, a Gallup study compared business or work units scoring high in employee engagement versus low and found that those in the top half had nearly double the odds of success when compared with

Connection makes you feel groovy. Human beings are designed to form deep, lasting, nurturing attachments to others. Caring for and engaging with others causes spikes in the levels of oxytocin (a bonding hormone that causes feelings of relaxation and contentment) and depresses levels of testosterone (an aggression hormone). Connection also improves your self-confidence and self-worth, helps you cope with stress and traumas such as divorce, serious illness, job loss or

Many companies fail to see the huge opportunities that eating lunch together with colleagues can bring. Here is an employee engagement idea for you. If you want to create a corporate culture of togetherness, engagement, camaraderie, where work colleagues become actual friends, using food as an excuse to connect may be just the ticket. Companies spend millions of dollars every year on team building activities, retreats and company-wide events all

Do you remember the Braveheart speech when Scottish hero William Wallace rallies his countrymen to freedom? I can’t remember the exact words but I do remember Wallace charging up and down the front lines on a white horse, the classic hero figure, getting his men all worked up before the final battle – which they ultimately win. I’m sure Wallace at the time was tapping into the most effective means

  One of our primary tools when we work with organizations is the roundtable. For many, the mere mention of the word evokes visions of the legendary knights of King Arthur’s court seated at a round table discussing matters of justice and honor. Today, I would like to deviate from this vision and propose the roundtable as a means for solving all sorts of problems – to be used in

History is strewn with examples of technologies and processes that have become obsolete as a consequence of progress. A few that come to mind are fax machines, the yellow pages directory (delivered whether you wanted it or not!) and of course, the good old family photo album, all of which are now thankfully hard to come across. In this post I’d like to boldly suggest that the corporate hierarchy, yes,

I recently watched the Asch Conformity Experiment on YouTube. It was filmed in the late 1950’s and features a group of Brady Bunch-like looking students who carry out an experiment to determine the degree to which a group influences an individual. Although I’ve seen more current stuff on the influence of the environment on a person, most recently the Smoke Filled Room Study,  I noted that irrespective of when it

A few weeks ago my wife sent me a blog entry titled “The Feelgood Manager: Is ensuring workplace happiness a full-time job?” I added it to my growing collection of bookmarks fully aware that I had become a terrible pack-rat of unread articles and websites. Despite this tendency there was something in this title that captivated me. I kept thinking about it…feelgood manager. It sounded cool, maybe this was the

We are excited to announce the launch of this inspiring and insightful new film Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview by our friend Joseph Ohayon. Watch the full movie here: Crossroads: Labor Pains of a New Worldview is a documentary exploring the depths of the current human condition and the emergence of a worldview that is recreating our world from the inside out. Weaving together insights and findings from biology, psychology, network science, systems

In The Smart Swarm, Peter Miller sets out to examine the simple yet fascinating principles governing collective intelligence and behavior in the natural world. Using swarms, schools, flocks and herds as examples, he attempts to give readers practical applications and real life examples for how these principles can be applied to our own organizational and business practices. Although the book starts off well with Don Tapscott’s excellent foreword and follows with a