Something You Should Know about Coworkers


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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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 

Why So Many Leaders Are Lousy

October 6, 2015

 

Interview with Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of the book Leadership BS: Fixing Workplaces and Careers One Truth at a Time

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Every year about 50 billion dollars is spent on leadership development in the form of books, seminars, speakers and programs – the results…

 

Jeffrey Pfeffer:
Has produced almost nothing – employee engagement is low, trust in leaders is low, job satisfaction is low - if something hasn’t worked for 70 years we can keep doing it but the odds of it changing I don’t think is very high.
 


Jeffrey Pfeffer

When You "Click" With Someone

September 10, 2015

 

Interview with Ori Brafman, co-author of the book Click: The Magic of Instant Connections

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You’ve most likely had the experience of meeting someone for the first time personally or professionally and you just hit it off, you click.

 

Ori Brafman:
It turns out that the relationships that ensue from those kinds of connections are categorically different – mainly they’re more passionate.
 


Ori Brafman

Being Happy At Work

August 4, 2015

 

Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
More and more employers are spending time and effort on making sure their employees are happy.

 

Jessica Pryce-Jones:
The reason that organizations are interested in happiness at work is because people who are happiest at work are doing a day and a quarter extra per week in terms of effort. So you are getting sixty days a year out of your most happy employees.
 


Jessica Pryce-Jones

Being Happy On The Job

 April 12, 2010
Interview with Jessica Pryce-Jones author of Happiness at Work: Maximizing Your Psychological Capital for Success

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Just how happy and content you are at work is determined by several factors.

 

Jessica Pryce-Jones:
It looks to be about 50% of your happiness comes with who you are. 10-15% comes with the context that you find yourself in – but 35-40% comes from how you manage that context.
 


Jessica Pryce-Jones

Having Difficult Conversations

June 30, 2015

 

Interview with Andrea Lee, author of the book We Need To Talk: Your Guide to Challenging Business Conversations

 

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Mike Carruthers:
You know those difficult conversations when something really big is at stake? Well one of the things that makes those conversations so difficult is…

 

Andrea Lee:
We perform worse
when there’s something to lose. The moment when we have something to lose is actually when it counts the most to have the best conversation possible.

 


Andrea J. Lee

What Makes A Good Partnership?

June 11, 2015

 

Interview with Rodd Wagner, co-author of the book Power of 2: How to Make the Most of Your Partnerships at Work and in Life

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Partnerships - we all have them at work, at home and with friends.

 

Rodd Wagner:
Most people are not very deliberate about their partnerships. When you ask them whether they’ve had good partnerships or bad partnerships they will tend to say they’ve had a lot more bad partnerships than good ones.
 

Rodd Wagner

Taking Confrontation Out Of Conflict

February 18, 2015

 

Interview with Tim Ursiny, author of the book The Coward's Guide to Conflict: Empowering Solutions for Those Who Would Rather Run Than Fight

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Conflict. It makes a lot of us uneasy, so we avoid it at all costs. Why?

 

Tim Ursiny PhD:
I think that most of us don't have a good role model for healthy conflict. I mean how many people do you know, that you can think of "Wow! They really handle conflict well?"
 


Tim Ursiny

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