Episode 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

Episode 45: Employee Engagement in Reverse

It's summer break! We talk about our plans for the break, and talk about how managers that continue to work so much are actually displaying insecurity. Our thoughts about employee engagement turn the term around to offer a new perspective, and we play a game!! One last "Name That Bias" game for the year sends us off with laughter. Please check out some of our old favorite episodes for the month of August, and we'll be back with new episodes in September! Additional Information: You work too much because you're insecure https://hbr.org/2018/02/if-youre-so-successful-why-are-you-still-working-70-hours-a-week Why should employees be engaged? https://www.decision-wise.com/5-personal-benefits-employee-engagement/
Episode 44: Design Sociology

Episode 44: Design Sociology

It's possible that wires got crossed, because Josh and Megan have opposing headlines this time! Apparently, innovation is both by the numbers, and not not a numbers game according to this week's episode. Don't worry, we clear it all up. Josh has an academic article that demonstrates why we need to use sociology in product development. Additional Information: Innovation by the numbers https://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/the-different-ways-for-companies-to-innovate/ Innovation is NOT a numbers game https://www.fastcompany.com/40584371/how-can-we-unlock-the-power-of-the-innovation-system-for-good Academic article- Using Sociology in product development http://www.socresonline.org.uk/9/4/jacobs.html
Episode 43: Make or Manage

Episode 43: Make or Manage

We're at Influence right now! While we're at the National Speakers Association conference, enjoy this episode about the difference between being a maker and a manager, and how you can actually be both. Birth rate has nothing to do with business, Josh! Or does it?!?!?! (Hint: it does- and we're sociologists, so we show you how). Megan shares a listener question about how to structure a retreat, and all of this comes AFTER VoiceOver Guy crunches into the microphone to kick things off. Additional Information: Makers and Managers Maker vs. Manager: How Your Schedule Can Make or Break You Birthrate is falling https://www.chron.com/technology/businessinsider/article/Americans-are-having-fewer-kids-than-ever-before-12923932.php
Episode 42: Trending

Episode 42: Trending

After we try to make fireworks sounds, we discuss how interruptions can be costly, and then instantly get distracted. Megan shares some rhyming words that help to understand how groups are formed, and how to get unstuck to encourage group cohesion. Haven't you ever wanted to know how to start a trend? Josh discusses the science and surprising amount of buy-in in order to do just that. (Also, it's not discussed, but it's Megan's birthday.) Additional Information: Cost of interruptions http://www.businessinsider.com/the-switch-cost-is-when-notifications-interrupt-our-thoughts-2018-6 Steps of group formation https://saylordotorg.github.io/text_organizational-behavior-v1.1/s13-02-group-dynamics.html Start a trend http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/how-minority-viewpoints-become-majority-ones
Episode 41: Leadership

Episode 41: Leadership

We get to talk about a very innovative client that is changing the way art and research work together. Leaders often face tough choices, and we discuss how important it is to be decisive as well as how leadership is institutional, not individual. There may or may not be another list rant in here. We share an academic article about making diverse decisions when you don't have a broad network. Additional Information: Leaders need to commit to hard decisions The nature of the leader is institutional, not individual https://www.inc.com/adam-robinson/according-to-harvard-this-1-leadership-trait-separates-exceptional-leaders-from-rest.html; https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/asking-yourself-this-1-question-will-instantly-reveal-whether-youre-a-good-leader.html Finding new ideas when your network is narrow https://hbr.org/2018/03/finding-new-ideas-when-you-dont-have-a-broad-network