Our Corporate Life
July 24, 2012   •   Volume 3, Issue 15   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Rethinking Brainstorming
Ask Amanda: How do I get over my fear of conflict and desire to be liked? I want to progress into management.
♦   Practical Tips: Stress Management
Rethinking Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a common, accepted corporate practice based on the premise that “more heads are better than one.” But is this actually true? Do brainstorms generate better ideas and drive more powerful results for businesses? The data suggest otherwise.

Research shows unequivocally that individuals almost always perform better than groups in both quality and quantity of ideas, and group performance gets worse as group size increases. The "evidence from science suggests that business people must be insane to use brainstorming groups," wrote the organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham.
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Thought to Ponder

Donít borrow trouble.

Practical Tips:
Stress Management

Virtually everyone experiences stressful times at work. When we get overwhelmed we often forget basic self-management strategies. Next time you’re feeling under the gun, try these three tips:

Take regular breaks
It sounds counterintuitive but part of the reason you’re stressed is that you’re going from one task to another without stopping. Build in regular 10-minute breaks throughout the day. Walk around your floor. Go outside for a quick breather.
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 ask Amanda

I know it's bad to want to be liked but I can't help it. I really don't like conflict but I know I have to get over this in order to progress into management. Suggestions? H.W., Los Angeles, CA

Amanda Mitchell

Well, you’re right. Those in management are hired to do what’s right for the business and that sometimes means doing things that make them unpopular. Keep in mind this is equally true for everyone; it’s just that some people choose the path of least resistance and end up likeable but ineffectual. Is that what you’ve been doing?
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