Something You Should Know about Coworkers

Can People Be Trusted?

July 1, 2016


Interview with Stephen M.R.Covey, author of the book Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World




Mike Carruthers:
We are probably less trusting of other people today than ever before.


Stephen M.R. Covey:
In a low trust world we tend to become more suspicious, more cynical, more distrusting because none of us want to get burned.

Stephen M.R. Covey

Appreciation At Work

April 14, 2016


Interview with Paul White, co-author of the book The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People




Mike Carruthers:
Employers pay a lot of lip service to the idea of appreciation in the workplace but somehow we’re missing the mark.


Paul White:
From research we know that 79% of the people that leave work voluntary to go to another position site a lack of appreciation as one of the top 2 reasons.

Paul White

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)




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

How Stories Persuade - Part 2

March 3, 2016


Interview with Carmine Gallo, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue




Mike Carruthers:
Telling a good story is a powerful way to connect with people and be persuasive for the simple reason that…


Carmine Gallo:
We want to do business with people we like. And stories do seem to be the one tool that will connect people to one another especially when it comes to persuasion or trying to get your idea across.

Carmine Gallo

How Stories Persuade

March 2, 2016


Interview with Carmine Gallo, author of the book Loyalty: The Vexing Virtue




Mike Carruthers:
In trying to persuade someone or sell your ideas it’s tempting to use facts and figures but something else works much better – storytelling.


Carmine Gallo:
We’ve learned more in the last 10 years of how stories connect people to one another and how they can be used for persuasion than we’ve known in history.

Carmine Gallo

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




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

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.




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

Fun In The Workplace

February 4, 2016


Interview with Scott Christopher, co-author of the book The Levity Effect: Why it Pays to Lighten Up




Mike Carruthers:
The work you do may be quite serious but the work environment doesn't have to be.


Scott Christopher:
We've found that those who possess a sense of humor (or at least an ability to appreciate humor) climb the corporate ladder quicker and they actually end up making a little more money.

Scott Christopher

Group Dynamics At Work

January 18, 2016


Interview with Kevin Coyne, author of the book Brainsteering: A Better Approach to Breakthrough Ideas




Mike Carruthers:
In order to problem solve or come up with new ideas organizations have meetings and the larger the meeting the fewer people participate.


Kevin Coyne:
The group dynamic in a large group is always – you put any group of 20 people together, 17 think they’re supposed to not talk.

Kevin P. Coyne

Creating Your Successful Career

December 15, 2015


Interview with Dr. Edward Hallowell, author of the book Shine: Using Brain Science to Get the Best from Your People




Mike Carruthers:
What makes for a great career? Well first you have to pick the right career. And yet…


Dr. Edward Hallowell:
Millions of people don’t do it; they take the highest paying job, the highest status job, probably as many people take the wrong job as marry the wrong person.

Dr. Edward Hallowell 

Something You Should Know - Blogged