The whole Mindfulness trend was something I ignored for as long as I could. I felt sure it would require yoga pants and Birkenstocks. As it descended into the world of fridge magnets and miniature books full of quotes, I felt quietly justified that I had avoided another fad. Professor Martin Seligman and John Tierney … Continue reading Should we mind if we’re not mindful?
Observing the trial of Adolf Eichmann, Stanley Milgram, Professor of Social Psychology at Yale asked himself the question, could men like Eichmann be ordinary people who were simply following orders? How willingly would an ordinary human being obey an authority figure if they were instructed to perform an act that conflicted with their conscience? In … Continue reading Milgram and Adventures in Obedience
I once saw the perfect job advertised. It called for a Brand Manager for Tim Tams* and I cried out ‘that’s mine!’ in spite of the fact that I hadn’t actually worked my way up through marketing or the world of fast moving consumer goods. I felt that I had been doing the role on … Continue reading Skull Crackers and Stoic Philosophers.
Is there still a place for self-actualization at work? Abraham Maslow’s name became forever associated with human motivation due to his Hierarchy of Needs, but did you ever wonder, what motivated Maslow to look at motivation in the first place? Would you believe he was not remotely interested in workplace ambition or linking a needs theory … Continue reading How’s the Serenity, Maslow?