Posts in category: Human Nature

Talent-Belief gap

Talent-Belief gap

Self-efficacy is the belief that we are able to respond effectively or successfully to a given situation. The Talent-Belief gap describes how well our self-belief (efficacy) tallies with our actual talents and abilities. The presence of a Talent-Belief gap means we...
Action-Impact gap

Action-Impact gap

The Action-Impact gap lies between our awareness of having done or said something, and the realisation of that action’s impact on others. When we have a large gap, we act without realisation of our actions. We may not even be aware of our actions. As our...
Over-marketing?

Over-marketing?

In the age of Brand You, is it possible to be too well marketed? At some point in the pursuit of marketing perfection, we risk crossing the line into in-authenticity. We see it in many personality-driven businesses. When everything is so perfectly and slickly done...
Anxiety blocks creativity

Anxiety blocks creativity

“…feelings of anxiety stimulate your limbic system, causing your brain to release stress hormones. The limbic system stops communicating with the cerebral cortex, the part of your brain responsible for creativity. Your heart pounds, you stop being able to...
Mechanistic Processes vs Guiding Principles

Mechanistic Processes vs Guiding Principles

Mechanistic Processes Processes solve problems by applying predefined reactions/steps to anticipated challenges. A person running the process needs only to know when to execute which step. A typical business process is necessarily rules-based and mechanistic: Do this,...
When strong emotions override communications

When strong emotions override communications

Strong emotions can get in the way of constructive dialogue and communication. They can be triggered in either party in the dialogue. And they can spread – each party can pick up the other’s strong emotions. Strong emotions interrupt our ability to think...
Constructive dream or escapist fantasy?

Constructive dream or escapist fantasy?

Are you sitting down? That dream job you have in your head may be an escapist fantasy. It may not be constructive. You may not be happier if you achieve it. And it may be getting in the way of you discovering your real dream. This can be a really confronting and hard...
Engaging the brain to help the heart

Engaging the brain to help the heart

When we are caught up in our emotions, it can be very hard to interrupt that inner turmoil. That’s the problem with emotions – they can be so amorphous and sticky. They get into everything. Gum up the workings of our brains. Just letting the feelings flow on...
Ambiguity can be a strength too

Ambiguity can be a strength too

We hear a lot about the importance of precision in communications, especially in technical domains where ambiguity can lead to costly or deadly mistakes. But precision and ambiguity are two sides of the same coin. In the right context they can be equally powerful and...
Five steps to tyranny

Five steps to tyranny

This documentary explored why normal everyday people do horrible things or allow horrible things to happen; and consequently how tyranny arises out of ordinary societies. These lessons are relevant to organisations too. It takes five steps to create tyranny in a given...
Making THEM change

Making THEM change

I have sometimes joked that this is the ultimate change management tool. People I have said it to have generally found it funny. Because we recognise the underlying truth about change – no one likes to be made to change from the outside! Can you remember a time...
Society slow to respond to threats

Society slow to respond to threats

These are three topical sustainability issues at the moment: Coffee pods Bottled (tap) water Plastic carrier bags There’s been frequent articles about how much indestructible waste the consumption of these items generate. Gosh even celebrities are getting...
Millennials lack social skills

Millennials lack social skills

I have often heard this assertion. Always from an older person. And across cultural and professional strata. This easy dismissal may seem like an immediately obvious truism. This may however, be judgement from a position of ignorance; with a dash of change anxiety. We...
Ideals vs perfectionism

Ideals vs perfectionism

I have on a few occasions heard this said with derision and disdain: “Ideals (and values) just hold us back.” I think a lot of the time this is because they have confused Ideals with Perfectionism. Ideals give us a grand vision to strive towards. There is no illusion...
Inclusiveness and mental dexterity

Inclusiveness and mental dexterity

Practising inclusiveness keeps our brains flexible and supple; ready to meet new challenges more effectively and constructively. Inclusiveness requires that we maintain: A temporary suspension of immediate judgement and categorisation. We give ourselves the permission...
Indicating and (maybe) not turning

Indicating and (maybe) not turning

If you drive, you would be familiar with the practice of waiting for a driver indicating to change lanes or turn to actually execute the move. We wait because sometimes, an indicating driver doesn’t make the move in spite of the indicator. People don’t always do what...
On-trend is myopic

On-trend is myopic

Being on-trend may be cool and helps us to fit in. But it does limit our outlook. The nature of being trendy is to be exclusionary. Being on-trend means we are into the stuff that is popular right now, and not be into everything else. If we are not careful (ie not...
No one succeeds on their own

No one succeeds on their own

We (and the media) often celebrate a loud and charismatic leader as The One championing a movement. We forget the masses of behind-the-scenes individuals that enable this one leader’s success. We as a society have an unhealthy obsession with the idea of The One. We...
Optimal anxiety

Optimal anxiety

I found this in one of my notebooks recently. Basically, a level of anxiety is needed for us to perform at our best. Hence “Optimal Anxiety.” Too much comfort will keep us stuck. Too much anxiety — ie abject terror — will trigger our fight or flight...
Stop nagging already

Stop nagging already

Nagging has probably existed since humans developed speech. It is unpleasant and never productive. Being essentially a one-sided activity, it does nothing for relationship building. In some cases it can be actively counter-productive. SO why is Microsoft doing it?...
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