3 Subtle Ways Our Behavior Influences Social Interactions

We recently discussed factors that can influence the outcome of job interviews for better or worse. So far, we have focused mostly on the content involved. What we haven’t yet discussed is in some ways even more interesting: How very subtle behaviors influence social interactions. 1. Mimicry As famously noted by Charles Darwin when we see someone express an emotion, […]

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What really drives employees’ happiness?

For those who who prefer pictures to words, check out the infographic below this post. In a culture dominated by money, we often forget that a job can provide many different kinds of benefits to people, from friendship to influence to intellectual stimulation.  Money is only one of many motivators, and some would argue it’s one that does a poorer […]

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Can your employees tell you the truth? A few gray areas

From the first, we tend to take an employee’s words at face value.  We assume an applicant’s resumé is roughly accurate, even though most sources estimate that at least a third contain falsehoods.  In an interview, some of us blindly believe what applicants say (even though this can’t be everybody’s dream job). Others ignore the details of what they’re saying, […]

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A Story about Diversity, Superstorm Sandy and Symphony Orchestras

On issues like immigration, I have always been something of a moderate.  I recognize that a social system must control itself to “stay safe.”  (Psychologically, it’s probably one reason we take care of those we love.)  On the other hand, I personally believe any solution to a problem like immigration must treat all human beings as people.  No matter what […]

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