Mastering the Art of Expressing Gratitude

The shortest answer is doing the thing. — Ernest Hemingway Gratitude is a virtue everyone should cultivate, according to Brett McKay of the Art of Manliness, yet gratitude means nothing if you haven’t mastered the art of expressing it. Brett says we should use every opportunity to express to those around us how much we appreciate their …

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Do Yourself a Solid. Use the Benjamin Franklin Effect

You can observe a lot just by watching. — Yogi Berra The Benjamin Franklin Effect is defined as the psychological phenomenon in where a person who has performed a favor for someone is more likely to do another favor for that person than they would be had they received a favor from that person. We would appear …

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Second Chance to Make a First Impression

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. — Warren Buffett You shouldn’t trust your first impressions, according to social psychologist Heidi Halvorson. Halvorson explains how to make up for lazy shortcuts made by your brain, and how to manage other peoples first impressions of you. She is the author of …

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Innovating From the Outside In

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right. — Henry Ford Being naive doesn’t necessarily make you wrong. Often, the craziest ideas end up the most successful. And once they’ve succeeded, they usually don’t seem so crazy anymore. David Rogers of the Columbia Business School talks about the “Zen mentality” importance of naivete. …

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Pump the Brakes, You’ve Got Too Much Talent

Talent wins games, but teamwork wins Championships. — Michael Jordan While talent is important, too much talent can be a very bad thing, according to Adam Galinsky, Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business. Research demonstrates the most talented teams don’t always net the best results. Galinsky says to understand why too much talent is a bad thing, …

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Predicting the Future and the Wisdom of Crowds

Sometimes the crowd is the madness. At others, it’s the absence of a crowd that is. — Will Self Are crowds more accurate than relying on one expert when it comes to predictions? Darden School of Business Assistant Professor Yael Grushka-Cockayne discussed the issue in a short video. She teaches Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis and Behavioral Decision Making …

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