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

  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

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