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Creators vs. Pruners: Personality Typing

In the development of ideas, we generally see two types of people: creators and pruners. While people often display both types, usually one is dominant. Creators birth ideas or develop existing ones further by adding onto them. Pruners take ideas and modify them to fit a situation. Whereas ideation tends to be a growing process […]

Leadership Lesson from Wobbly Furniture

The relentless advance of technology and research methodologies is accelerating our understanding of ourselves and constricting the domain of free will (more). The article, “Tall, Dark and Stable” (The Economist, July 14,2012 edition), reports the work of David Kille, Amanda Forest and Joanne Wood (University of Waterloo) finding that “the stability of chairs and tables […]

Not Just the Message Anymore

Managers devote tremendous energy in crafting the right message. However, it’s not just the message anymore as Alex “Sandy” Pentland writes in “The New Science of Building Great Teams,” which appeared in the April 2012 edition of the Harvard Business Review.   Communication Map – Not Just the Message Anymore   This relates to his […]

Style Trumps Content Once Again

My October 13, 2011 post, “Eloquence Trumps Honesty in Trust & Likeability Wars,” discussed how style affects our assessment of talent. Now, in the November 2011 issue of the Harvard Business Review, the article, “It’s Not What You Say but How You Say It,” cites the research of Timothy DeGroot’s team from Midwestern State University […]

Labels Influence Our Evaluation of Content

Designer labels encourage us not only to believe that the wearer has status but also trustworthiness, talent and many other positive attributes. In fact, the label is more important than the clothes themselves. In the article, “I’ve Got You Labelled”, appearing in the April 2, 2011 edition of The Economist, Rob Nelissen and Marijn Meijers […]