1. Contagion In The Workplace

    July 31, 2014 by Elaine Suess

    Recently, Facebook took heat for a little “experiment” they conducted at the beginning of the year. They served ads that were considered to be positive or negative to 700,000 FB members to see how it affected their postings. As my friend Mary’s mom used to say — You shouldn’t have done that (and in this case, we’ll complete the sentence with “Facebook”).

    Why? Because Facebook didn’t ask permission. They just did it.

    However, now that’s clear, what they learned and even published is important and supported by research that’s been done time and again. It’s also validated by experience, when we pay attention. 

    Here’s what the experience part might look like: (more…)

  2. The Importance of Breathing

    September 30, 2013 by Elaine Suess
    I returned from a week in Maine in early September. I mostly stayed “off the grid,” enjoyed $8 lobster, time with friends, and the beautiful scenery. The trip was fantastic, and it made me think about rats. 
    Rats have been fueling research studies for quite some time. I’m not much in the habit of talking about them, but I would like to share a study with you. 
    In this particular study, our long-tailed friends were put to the test finding cheese in a maze (if you can imagine). 
    A Maze Ing
    Here’s how the study worked:
    R1 was put into a maze to find cheese. (more…)

  3. Why People Follow

    May 28, 2012 by Elaine Suess

    If I were to ask you what four words best describe the reasons people follow leaders, what would you say?

    Perhaps, strategic vision? Maybe resilience? What about strengths and emotional intelligence?

    Certainly, these are important, but they don’t quite get it, according to Gallup. 

    Research, Research, Research

    As you know, Gallup has been on a quest to research strengths and leadership for many years. They have studied more than 1 million work teams, conducted over 20,000 interviews with leaders and have interviewed more than 10,000 followers across the globe to see exactly why they followed the leaders who were most important to them in their lives.

    They asked one key question for the study:  (more…)

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