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Different ways of dealing with mistakes

Different ways of dealing with mistakes

Think about the last time you made a mistake. Did you try to pass the buck? Or don’t you remember making one? Or, on the contrary, did you feel really bad about it? The latest research shows that the way we react to our slip-ups says a lot about our personality in general. Two people have set about looking into this relationship: Ben Dattner, who holds a doctorate in organizational psychology from the University of …

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Penalties, focus and quality of life

Penalties, focus and quality of life

Over 9 million people in Spain were glued to their TV sets as the quarter-final match between Spain and Italy in the 2008 Eurocup went to penalties. They were perhaps surprised, as was I, that none of the first 12 penalties was missed. The thirteenth penalty was the first one where the ball didn’t enter the net, which is almost enough to make one superstitious. If we want to understand how such a high level …

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Why do we sometimes take such stupid decisions?

Imagine that you open an email, and after reading only a couple of lines you already start to feel irritated. As you keep on reading, your irritation gives way to anger. You end up getting so worked up that, armed with your keyboard and your mouse, you roll up your sleeves and set about answering in a far from diplomatic tone… As soon as you click on the ‘send’ button, an ever-so-small thought occurs to you: ’Perhaps I shouldn’t have sent that email.’ If this has ever happened to you, you can rest assured that you’re in good company. We are all sometimes prey to emotions which get the better of us. The reason for this lies in our brains.

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Bosses don´t own their best people!

A director in a Spanish multinational company confided to me one day: ‘I’m not sure if we are selecting the right people for our talent development programmes. The problem is, as a result of taking part in the programme they frequently get offered a better position within the company- and their current boss doesn’t want to lose them.’ Does this ring a bell?

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Group intelligence: the forgotten intelligence

In 1968 the American nuclear submarine, the USS Scorpion, disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean, 50 miles south of the Azores. Finding the submarine proved to be an arduous and difficult task since it could be anywhere within a 20-mile radius and was several miles down. Various experts were called in to help the navy, but to no avail. Then Dr. John Craven, the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Navy’s Special Projects Division, came up with …

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