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Category Archives: Attitude

Why Leaders Don’t Learn from Success – Harvard Business Review

…success can breed failure by hindering learning at both the individual and the organizational level. We all know that learning from failure is one of the most important capacities for people and companies to develop. Yet surprisingly, learning from success can present even greater challenges…

The first is the inclination to make what psychologists call fundamental attribution errors. When we succeed, we’re likely to conclude that our talents and our current model or strategy are the reasons. We also give short shrift to the part that environmental factors and random events may have played.

The second impediment is overconfidence bias: Success increases our self-assurance. Faith in ourselves is a good thing, of course, but too much of it can make us believe we don’t need to change anything.

The third impediment is the failure-to-ask-why syndrome—the tendency not to investigate the causes of good performance systematically…

via Why Leaders Don’t Learn from Success – Harvard Business Review. (Free registration required to view the full article).

Joe Kraus – Culture of Distraction

  1. We are creating and encouraging a culture of distraction where we are increasingly disconnected from the people and events around us and increasingly unable to engage in long-form thinking. People now feel anxious when their brains are unstimulated.
  2. We are losing some very important things by doing this. We threaten the key ingredients behind creativity and insight by filling up all our “gap” time with stimulation. And we inhibit real human connection when we prioritize our phones over our the people right in front of us.
  3. What can we do about it? Is this path inevitable or can balance be restored?

via Joe Kraus Blog.

Virtual Teams Can Outperform Traditional Teams

Teams can be highly effective even when members have never met in person. In fact, virtual teams can actually outperform traditional co-located groups. An extensive study of 80 software development teams with programmers from the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia proved that virtual teams can lead to increased efficiency and better business results, but only if they are managed to maximize the potential benefits while minimizing the disadvantages….

But here’s the rub. Dispersed teams can outperform co-located ones only if — and this is a big “if” — they are managed properly. Here are a few guidelines…

via Virtual Teams Can Outperform Traditional Teams – Keith Ferrazzi – Harvard Business Review.

“Make it work”

Project Runway as a view into real-world design process and management.
tim gunn
… Tim Gunn, the “make it work” guy, really does rule. Plenty of workplace managers could learn from his tone and demeanor (i.e. straightforward, honest, and empathetic). He rips designers to shreds yet manages to do it in a “I’m doing you a favor” way”.
See the whole blog entry.

From Signal vs. Noise