It is almost an implicit assumption that teams can make better decisions and perform tasks better than individuals can. This is true in certain circumstances and for certain decisions and tasks – but not always.
For one, there are the group-based biases such as, groupthink and group polarization (more on these in a future post) that lead to poor decisions. There are a number of ways to minimize these biases, but this is not what I’d like to write about this time.
Rather, I would like to focus on the factors that influence individual decision-making within groups/teams. In other words, how do we, as individuals, end up contributing to poor decision-making when we are part of a group. Continue ReadingNo comment - Leave a reply
beliefs, Cognitive biases, Conflict, decision-making, self-awareness, social norm
Posted on Juni 24, 2011 by Dr. Aliye Kurt - Suedhoff
There are many reasons why people work with a coach. Two major reasons are raising self-esteem and changing behavior – generally with the ultimate goal of being more successful. The royal road to achieving these goals is raising self-awareness. Continue ReadingNo comment - Leave a reply
Automatic processes, coaching, decision-making, emotions, performance, self-awareness, self-management
Posted on Mai 02, 2011 by Dr. Aliye Kurt - Suedhoff
Energy politics is one of the hottest topics, especially after the disaster in Fukushima. As we try to keep up with the information coming at us from all directions – media, internet, email – are we overlooking the issue of energy management within ourselves? Continue ReadingNo comment - Leave a reply
performance, self-control, self-management, self-regulation, time-management
Posted on April 08, 2011 by Dr. Aliye Kurt - Suedhoff
I’ve just finished writing a chapter on why organizations should care about the wellbeing of their people and how positive psychology* tools can boost wellbeing. Even though there are many skeptics who are cautious about the recent happiness/wellbeing movement, luckily there’s rapidly growing solid research by positive psychologists back it up.
Numerous studies point out to the link between wellbeing/happiness and work-related outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction, performance, team-work, motivation, goal orientation, creativity). As argued in a recent Gallup report :
“Whether you manage a few people, lead a large group, or run an entire organization, you are already in the business of managing employee wellbeing” (Gallup, 2010) Continue ReadingNo comment - Leave a reply
emotions, happiness, performance, positive psychology, self-leadership
Posted on März 21, 2011 by Dr. Aliye Kurt - Suedhoff
Last time I wrote about how one should not only set performance goals but also learning goals in line with Tim Galleway’s formula to maximize the return on investment of your work time:
ROI = Performance + Learning + Enjoyment
As his formula indicates, the third component for getting the best out of your work is also to consider enjoyment goals. Even though some people might view enjoyment as a side-benefit positive psychology studies document it is definitely more than that.
career, goals, performance