To act or do nothing?
Lessons from penalty shoot-outs!
So another penalty shoot out ends in defeat for England. What can this tell us about anything - other than perhaps England need to practice more!
Well, this interesting piece by Ian Lesley draws on previous research
by economics psychologists looking at the outcome of penalties where the goal keeper either moves one way or the other OR stays still. This analysis showed more success in making saves when the keeper just stays in the middle.
Lesley extrapolates to the world of decision making leaders and wonders if sometimes the desire to be seen to be doing SOMETHING is the wrong thing and perhaps doing nothing is best.
Wholesome Foods - Wholesome Morals?
Organic Food Can Harshen Moral Judgments!
More intriguing research on the link between physical experience and personal thinking styles
We know from recent research that sweet tastes can induce pro-social behaviour and that bad tasting food can harshen our moral judgments.
What about the mere sight of different types of food
Want To Be An Inspirational Leader? Just Act Like One.
This piece from Richard Wiseman in The Guardian takes us back to William James in the 19th century who realised acting can change thoughts and feelings in line
with the action.
Wiseman reminds us here that whilst thoughts drive feelings, which drives behaviour, it isn't always so. If you change your behaviour or even just your stance or smile this will feedback to your emotional and thinking self.
I have a number clients who are developing their leadership style and the simple idea of 'acting as if you were already the leader you want to be' is very powerful in changing their perception of themselves and their abilities.
A note of caution when reading this; wiseman is critical of visualisation to change thoughts first. Notice that he's talking about either daydreaming or visualising stuff other people suggest - never a good idea in my book!
Does The Availability of Men Affect Women's Career Choice?
An intriguing series of experiments here, designed to tease out possible causes behind the statistic that in US states with lower proportions of men, women tend to have higher paid careers.
Is it that fewer men means a better labour market for women or that difficulty in finding a mate changes women's life priorities?
Follow the link and find out!