Topics: Behavior Change, Temptation Bundling, Persuasion, Burnout, Leadership
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Sabri Tuzcu
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on.I hope you’ll find something to chew on over the weekend. Enjoy.
ONE PROBLEM THAT SOLVES ALL OTHERS?
Could Solving This One Problem Solve All the Others? This is the freakonomics podcast on behavior change as the key to most of our current problems. How come we often trade short-term upsides for long-term downsides? “Too often, we make choices — what we eat, how we spend our money and time — that undermine our well-being.” This podcast rather scratches on the surface of the topic, but gives good direction on further exploration, such as the WEIRD problem. Also see the episodes below.
- When Willpower Isn’t Enough: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast (Love the idea of temptation bundling and gymflix)
EMPLOYEE BURNOUT IS A PROBLEM WITH THE COMPANY NOT THE PERSON
Though the title of this article, “employee burnout is a problem with the company, not the person”, may be overstated, the reasoning sounds true.
“Everyone knows the human toll of burnout. Unchecked organizational norms insidiously create the conditions for burnout—but leaders can change them to make burnout less likely. Giving people back the time to do work that drives the company’s success will pay huge dividends by raising productivity, increasing productive output and reducing burnout. Everybody wins.”
IF HUMBLE PEOPLE MAKE THE BEST LEADERS WHY DO WE FALL FOR CHARISMATIC NARCISSISTS
“Essentially, we have the leaders we deserve. As we collectively select and construct our leaders to satisfy our own needs and desires, we can choose humility or socialized charisma over narcissism.”
ARTICLE I ENJOYED
On the importance of in-person communication for persuasion. “Perhaps it’s time we all man (or woman) up and face our fear of real-time communication. Otherwise, we’re all making ourselves wildly less persuasive than we could be.”
“When it comes to money, where we feel our clear interest, we have an entire art where the tester uses many means to discover the worth … just as we give great attention to judging things that might steer us badly. But when it comes to our own ruling principle, we yawn and doze off, accepting any appearance that flashes by without counting the cost.”
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