Some articles from the past few weeks that I’ve found interesting: don’t feel so bad about doing all the work, strengthening your team, the power of the sticky note and why you’re often misunderstood.
Your colleagues do more work than you think
“Overclaiming” is something we all do, when we overestimate the amount of work we’ve contributed to a project. Why is this? Naturally we can’t see other people’s thoughts, and all of their actions, so it’s often down to lack of information of what other people have done. But we might also take a bit more credit than we should for unproductive time.
Why Everyone Thinks They’re Doing All the Work (via Science of Us)
The glue that bonds teams
This is an excerpt from Margaret Heffernan’s TED book “Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes” (which I’ve just finished reading). Heffernan describes how the success of teams is based on social capital – made up of empathy, the connections, communication and trust between the members.
(also check out her TED talk Dare to Disagree about the importance of conflict for breakthrough innovation)
A personal note makes all the difference
More than just a workshop essential! It turns out that the simple sticky note is highly effective in encouraging people to review, complete and return a piece of work.
The Surprising Persuasiveness of a Sticky Note (via Harvard Business Review)
How to be understood
People interpret our actions differently to how we intend them to be received. We think we’re being clearer than we are, and the way that people process and perceive information can lead to misunderstandings.
Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other (via The Atlantic)