The Bias that Changes Every Career

Let’s talk about a bias that affects every person’s career. Researchers recently discovered this bias by analyzing nearly 20 years of career data across 57 different countries…then they confirmed it further with two new experiments.   What is this bias? Why does it seem to happen everywhere? To understand it, we first need to acknowledge a couple of basic things […]

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Does Working with Friends Increase Performance?

Does working with friends make you perform better on the job? Or would it be better to work with strangers? Results from a recent analysis—including results from 26 different studies and nearly 1,000 teams—give us some interesting answers.   Working with friends There are reasons to think that working with friends can increase job performance. For example: Feeling uninhibited can […]

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Scary, Creepy, Icky, Gross Jobs: How Managers Can Help

Happy Halloween! In the spirit of the holiday, let’s talk about a certain type of job. We’re talking about things like sanitation, waste collection, custodial work, animal control, corrections, and even exotic entertainment. These sorts of “dirty work” are almost always in demand. Many of these jobs absolutely need to be done by someone…even if most people don’t want to do […]

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Why Do Leaders Ignore Advice?

Some leaders take advice from the experts. They listen to their colleagues. They even listen to subordinates. Other leaders only seem to value their own opinions. We know that this has something to do with power. In general: People in low-power positions are more likely to take advice. People in high-power positions are less likely to take advice.   But […]

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Personality Predicts Your Response to the Cold Virus

Personality traits can provide useful clues for making predictions about people. When it comes to predicting who might get sick, some of these clues seem fairly obvious. For example, people who are highly conscientious might be more likely to do things such as wash their hands (after all, conscientious people tend to be more careful, disciplined, and well-organized). As another […]

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