Monday, November 13, 2017
Yeah, I know. Some people you work with are jerks. (My boss can be a total idiot at times and I'm self-employed.) There are people at the office you don't get along with. I get it. But when I spoke to Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, I asked him what was the number-one mistake people made when trying to get ahead at the office. His answer? Opting out of the social dynamics of the company. Saying "Yeah, I know relationships help you get ahead but I refuse to play that game." Clinical psychologist and workplace consultant Al Bernstein says, "You can't not play politics; you can only play them badly ... the only place where relationships don't matter is on a desert island far away from the rest of the world." Harvard researcher Shawn Achor found that the workers least likely to develop workplace friendships were also the least likely to get promoted. (Feel free to read that sentence a few hundred more times so it sinks in.)
-Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong
Leonardo da Vinci had the good luck to be born out of wedlock. Otherwise, he would have been expected to become a notary, like the firstborn legitimate sons in his family stretching back at least five generations.
-Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci
The world can be a confusing place if you don't know what confirmation bias is and how often it occurs in our daily lives. Confirmation bias is the human reflex to interpret any new information as being supportive of the opinions we hold. And it doesn't matter how poorly the new information fits our existing views. We will twist our minds into pretzels to make the new information feel as if it is consistent with what we "know" to be true.
-Scott Adams, Win Bigly
Neuroscientists, psychologists, and evolutionists agree the human brain comes pre-programmed with the need for and enjoyment of social cooperation. Our brains want it and develop better when we have it. The meaningful relationships we get from social cooperation make us happier, healthier, and more productive; social cooperation is also integral to effective work. It is one of the defining characteristics of being human.
-Ray Dalio, Principles
Sunday, November 12, 2017
"The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is...."
-visit Althouse today and read her bit on Louis C.K. Interesting, very interesting