advertisement advertisement Motivation is a hot topic year-round, but particularly in January, the month of fresh starts, checklists, and lofty goals. It’s the time of year we try to figure out how to prod our employees to excel, to hit and surpass ambitious targets. Happy, motivated employees are, simply, good for business. “Research shows that when people work with a positive mind-set, performance on nearly every level–productivity, creativity, engagement–improves,” Harvard Business Review reported in its January/February 2012 story “Positive Intelligence.” “Happy employees have, on average, 31% higher productivity; their sales are 37% higher; their creativity is three times higher.”—Harvard Business Review So what’s the best way to get it done? Pay up. Money, of course, is a key motivator for many employees. And financial incentives do work to motivate employees–but only to a … [Read more...] about The Weigh-In: What’s The Best Way To Motivate Your Employees?
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Ever wish you could call “time out” during your presentation to ask the audience how you’re doing? Since that usually isn’t doable, your next best option is to scan people’s faces for emotional clues, but recent research suggests that can lead you astray, too. advertisement advertisement In her new book How Emotions Are Made, psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett claims that our beliefs about facial expressions need an overhaul. “When facial movements do convey a psychological message—say, raising an eyebrow—we don’t know if the message is always emotional,” she writes, “or even if its meaning is the same each time. If we put all the scientific evidence together, we cannot claim, with any reasonable certainty, that each emotion has a diagnostic facial expression.” So where does this leave us? If facial expressions aren’t a good barometer of how well your talk is going, what … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Tell If You’re Connecting With Your Audience (And What To Do If You’re Not)
advertisement advertisement Have you ever stopped to consider how remarkable Wikipedia is? The online encyclopedia represents arguably the greatest collection of knowledge and information ever assembled–and the overwhelming majority of the work in creating and maintaining it has been done by unpaid volunteers. On the surface, the success of Wikipedia makes no sense–how could (and why would) a team of volunteers possibly complete such a massive undertaking? The answer has repercussions for leaders and business owners in every industry: Money isn’t everything. In fact, a sense of purpose is more important than the size of a salary when it comes to inspiring top performance from employees and team members. That doesn’t mean that money isn’t important, and it doesn’t mean that you can slash paychecks without fear of consequences. But it does mean that money alone is not enough to inspire the type of passion, dedication, and peak performance … [Read more...] about The Wikipedia Way Of Motivating Your Employees
Strapping on an Oculus Rift or even a Samsung Gear or Google Cardboard is becoming increasingly common, with YouTube and Facebook 360 videos filling in the gaps to give most of the world a chance to see what a 360-degree film experience is like. But the novelty of simply walking down a street, or even surfing in the ocean, will eventually wear off, and right now filmmakers are figuring out how to evolve their storytelling to include the new senses, distractions and perspectives of 360 video. advertisement On stage at Cannes Lions, in a presentation called “How Drones and 360 Video Will Change Creativity,” Mofilm creative strategy director Elisha Greenwell said the greatest power this type of filmmaking has is to create empathy. “Filmmaking has always been about empathy, and in the past it’s been about close-ups that put you in the eyes of that person, and I think 360 creates incredible depth and empathy because you’re not just looking at … [Read more...] about Creating Worlds, Not Scenes: Why 360 Video Is A Whole New Way Of Storytelling
Soft skills are the new career makers—and a host of new technology enablers have cropped up to help identify and optimize these skills for us. Companies see emerging tech such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence as an opportunity for machines to teach us more human skills such as emotional intelligence and agility at work. advertisement advertisement The reality is that technology can only go so far. You can be empathetic to someone’s plight but still treat them poorly. The übercompetitive world of tech or finance lures people with fast cognitive processing. This may lead to quick responses that make millions on the trading floor but can cause trouble at the staff party. Your capacity for empathy and skill at deploying it also waxes and wanes with your own physical and mental state. No VR program can cure the “hangries” when you haven’t eaten. Big data tells us that even judges make softer decisions after lunch. With that in … [Read more...] about More companies are using AI to teach EQ. Here’s how it can go wrong