Psychology

Seeking Comfort in Discomfort

There’s a natural desire to create comfort because, well, it’s comfortable. The parents of comfort are sameness and familiarity. To be comfortable we naturally seek out familiarity, and since we’re most familiar with what we did last time, we naturally want to repeat the past.

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It’s All Connected

There’s a natural tendency to simplify, to reduce, to narrow. In the name of problem solving, it’s narrow the scope, break it into small bites, and don’t worry about the subtle complexities. And for a lot of situations that works. But..

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Barbie and the Curse of Knowledge

I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way and other people will jump at the chance to be the "fresh pair of eyes", no? Another good source of "fresh pair of eyes" that might be easily discarded by seasoned managers are: interns and new grads. That's a mistake to me. Give them a chance to absorb enough knowledge so that they understand the subject matter. But also elicit their feedback, ideas, comments and opinions, early and often. Be open-minded and listen to what they have to say.

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Monster Loyalty, ala Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is one of the most well-known pop artists in the world, which is no surprise given her vocal talents and often bizarre wardrobe. She’s sold 23 million albums, won five Grammy awards, and been named by Forbes as one of the world’s most powerful celebrities. But behind the public persona lies a shrewd and calculating business professional..

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