Something You Should Know about Human Behavior


Dealing With Interruptions

March 28, 2016

 

Interview with Doug Conant, author of the book TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments (J-B Warren Bennis Series)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Interruptions, you might consider them an unwanted nuisance but actually interruptions have become a big part of our day.

 

Doug Conant:
Basically the average knowledge worker is interrupted every 11 minutes by some interruption or another. Basically we’re living in the interruption age.
 


Douglas Conant

Understanding Body Language - Part 2

March 23, 2016

 

Interview with Joe Navarro, author of the book What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

 

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Mike Carruthers:
To some degree you already know how to read body language - every human being does.

 

Joe Navarro:
Our species assesses for danger first and then assesses for hierarchy second and then we look for other things like emotions and so forth.
 


Joe Navarro

Understanding Body Language

March 22, 2016

 

Interview with Joe Navarro, author of the book What Every BODY is Saying: An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Speed-Reading People

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Body language, if you learn to read it, can tell you a lot about a person.

 

Joe Navarro:
Our bodies reflect what we think, what we feel, and what we intend.

 


Joe Navarro

Our Need For Nature - Part 2

March 9, 2016

 

Interview with Richard Louv, author of the book The Nature Principle

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You likely spend more of your time indoors and yet…

 

Richard Louv:
As a species we are hardwired genetically to have an affiliation with nature – we need nature.
 


Richard Louv

Our Need For Nature

March 8, 2016

 

Interview with Richard Louv, author of the book The Nature Principle

 

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Mike Carruthers:
We all pay a price for spending so much time indoors and so little time outdoors.

 

Richard Louv:
Study after study show a connection between spending more time in the natural world in increased health both physical health and mental health.
 


Richard Louv

Trouble With Loyalty

March 1, 2016

 

Interview with Eric Felten, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Loyalty is an admirable trait however loyalty can get tricky when it conflicts with other loyalties.

 

Eric Felten:
The loyalty that I have to my family might be at odds with the loyalty I have to a friend. The loyalty I have to a friend might be at odds with the loyalty I have to my community or country.
 


Eric Felten

Taking Risks

February 29, 2016

 

Interview with Kayt Sukel, author of the book The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance

 

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Mike Carruthers:
We tend to look at risk taking in an extreme way.

 

Kayt Sukel:
It’s either this is a very good thing that’s going to bring us money and prestige and power and the girl. Or it’s this bad thing that’s going to kill us off or have us live penny less and alone.
 


Kayt Sukel

Accepting Blame And Taking Credit

February 26, 2016

 

Interview with Ben Dattner, author of the book The Blame Game: How the Hidden Rules of Credit and Blame Determine Our Success or Failure

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Getting the credit for our accomplishments and getting the blame our mistakes are things we’re all concerned with.

 

Ben Dattner:
People often feel like they’re being unfairly blamed for things or insufficiently credited for their accomplishments and this causes a lot of interesting social psychology in the workplace.

 


Ben Dattner

Technology & Social Isolation

February 25, 2016

 

Interview with Martin Lindstrom, author of the book Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Compared to previous generations we are more socially isolated today, which is really contrary to what humans need.

 

Martin Lindstrom:
We as human beings are fairly simple. We want to be recognized, we want to have a physical interaction with people we want to feel a sense of belonging. And if suddenly this goes out of balance we start to seek any solution for filling that gap.
 


Martin Lindstrom

Confidence At Work

February 24, 2016

 

Interview with Jodi Glickman, author of the book Great on the Job: What to Say, How to Say It. The Secrets of Getting Ahead.

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Ever been in that situation at work where you don’t know something you need to know and you feel dumb for not knowing it? Well take a lesson from this lady…

 

Jodi Glickman:
As a young investment banker at Goldman Sacks I was not very good technically but the thing is no one knew that I didn’t really know what to do.
 

Jodi Glickman

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