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Lack of Choice Can Kill

That was the conclusion of a seminal 1976 study. Picture this: The director of a nursing home holds two community meetings to tell the residents about upcoming events. The 91 members were split into two groups, one provided with broader self-direction and other undermined self-direction. In the experimental group (we’ll…

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Looking for What People Do Right

Want to give your employees a shot of dopamine? Sincerely compliment them. Receiving positive feedback lights up the reward centers in our brains and cause them to release oxytocin, the bonding hormone. When employees feel valued, they are more likely to remain loyal to their employer, even when things are…

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Tips for Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Sitting in your first meeting after a big promotion, you look around and are gripped by the feeling that at any moment, someone is going to realize you don’t belong there. Those feelings of doubt are known as impostor syndrome. Impostor syndrome occurs when self-identity hasn't caught up to new…

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Incompetent and Blissfully Unaware: The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Incompetent and Blissfully Unaware: The Dunning-Kruger Effect. Sarah Bridges, Ph.D., MBA When the notes started arriving on my windshield, I had an epiphany. Maybe I wasn’t that great of a driver. I still have the one that reads, “Learn to park!!” My work team found it so hilarious they stuck…

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