Embracing Non-Conformity: How To Make Effective Decisions

Whilst we all like to think that we are free thinking individuals, the truth is that social influence is a powerful force in nature and society. There are many advantages to us being social beings – learning from others, pooling our resources, increasing our defences – but research has shown that there are also disadvantages. We have evolved to become overly influenced by our neighbours rather than relying on our own instinct.

It has been shown that imitating the actions and opinions of others rather than trusting our own thoughts can lead to increased danger. In a study analysing the behaviour of 365 people at a busy crossing in Leeds, Faria et al (2010) revealed that people are twice as likely to cross a busy road if the person next to them sets off first – and that men are more likely to follow other pedestrians than women. Continue reading Embracing Non-Conformity: How To Make Effective Decisions

Oh The Fickleness of Research

We love research at WorkGuru, it underpins everything that we do. Just in the same way as medicine that is prescribed by your GP should have a very strong scientific evidence base to say that it works, so should any programme that is delivered over the internet which claims to reduce levels of stress, or increase your wellbeing or happiness. But beware programmes that make huge claims. The ‘brain training’ app Lumosity was recently fined by the Federal Trade Commission for making exuberant claims that brain games could increase intelligence and reduce or delay age related cognitive impairment. The Commission ruled that the claims were unfounded.

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Busyness versus Productivity

jugglerOne of the things that I have noticed in my work with organisations, is that many organisations have what I now call “organisational busyness” – where it becomes almost impossible to get important meetings in diaries, where it is hard to get anyone to commit to anything because they are just too busy to give it any thought, and where people pride themselves and see their value in their busyness. Busyness becomes a cultural norm within an organisation – something to aspire to. But busyness does not equate to productivity; it often acts as an impediment. Here are 7 tell-tale signs which can show you the difference between a busy person and a productive person

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How To Beat Procrastination


Procrastination describes the process by which we delay starting or completing a task. We know we are doing it when we make the 10th cup of tea in a morning, check our emails yet again, or for us homeworkers – start cleaning the fridge, or sorting out the plumbing. Procrastination is normal, we all do it to some degree, but it can result in loss of productivity, frustration for colleagues and an increase in your stress levels.

Here are 5 top tips for beating procrastination:

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Celebrating Our Failures

A professor from Princeton University recently posted a CV of ‘failures’ on Twitter. Johannes Haushofer who is an assistant professor of psychology argued that our failures are often invisible, while are successes are visible resulting in an impression that our success is effortless and that we are lucky.

We often present ourselves in life and on social media as being successful; we celebrate our successes, we don’t advertise our disappointments and failures. But all our successes are built on a foundation of failure; we would not be the people we are today without them. What makes us successful is our ability to pick ourselves up, recalibrate, and aim for our next goal. What makes us successful is our willingness to give thing ago, to put ourselves out there. Without failure how we would know to enjoy our success?