Do you want to improve morale?

Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. Aristotle 384 B.C. – 322 B.C. Do you work in an office where morale is low? Is your home life filled with tension and poor relationships? Are you in a social organization where the atmosphere is strained? Would you like to somehow change those conditions? I was walking through a mall a few weeks back and couldn’t help but notice a young man wearing one of those message T-shirts. This …
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Friends and other influencers

Birds of a feather flock together. Aesop c. 550 B.C. Today, I want to talk about ethics and behavior. Do you think your moral choices are influenced by the people you consider friends? If so, what about people who only have a remote connection to you? Do you believe they can influence your behavior? Before I answer these questions, I want to share an experiment carried out at Carnegie Mellon University by professors Francesca Gino (Harvard), Shahar Ayal (IDC Herzliya in Israel) and Dan Ariely (Duke University). The experiment involved college students completing an ability-based task under time pressure: students …
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You win, I lose

But I like not these great success of yours; for I know how jealous are the gods. Herodotus 484 BC – 409 BC I’ve noticed a worrying trend lately among different people and groups: the habit of viewing another person’s victory as a personal defeat. Don’t get me wrong; it’s perfectly understandable to be disappointed if you and another person are directly competing for an award, promotion, or other accolade and you don’t win. In that case, the natural reaction when learning the news is to consider how the outcome affects you. The problem arises when someone’s victory has no direct bearing on you, …
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