Unity of Crisis http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149963/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:29:19 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140314/BLOGS/303149963/-1/blogs01 Marvel Comic's Avengers are a pretty impressive bunch. Thor, Captain America, Ironman, and the Hulk make a fearsome combination: Captain America is practically indestructible, Thor flies around throwing lightning, Ironman, aka Tony Stark, is like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs rolled into one, and the Hulk is, well, the Hulk. When it comes to fighting off alien invasions, these guys have power to spare. That's a good thing, because impressive as they are individually, as a team they aren't so hot. [...]]]> Failure http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:56:33 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140227/BLOGS/302279994/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.


While there are certainly lessons to be learned from failure, and failure is necessary for successful innovation, we also have to take the time to enjoy the progress we are making and take pride in what goes right. Optimistic people are those who take pride in their successes, who recognize how their efforts made [...]]]> Thinking Success http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249994/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:52:55 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140224/BLOGS/302249994/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.


"It was a terrible throw!"

This statement was made to me by a student in my jujitsu class. She then proceeded to elaborate on all the ways in which she had executed the throw incorrectly. Her partner, meanwhile, was patiently lying on the ground at her feet where she had thrown him. Observing this fact, [...]]]> Frog Soup http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219995/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140221/BLOGS/302219995/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers

As we can see, stress can be one of our most effective tools. The key is learning to use it well. As we saw in chapter 9, performance is all about being able to develop effective strategies and measurable goals. As we see from examining the dynamics of performance, success in this endeavor is not based on what we can do in a few minutes, a few [...]]]> Techniques for managing performance http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:50:07 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140218/BLOGS/302189992/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.

At this point, we now understand that managing stress is really the art of managing performance. Managing performance, in turn, requires that we recognize what sort of performance we are after: do we, like a sprinter, need to perform at an extremely high level for a short time? Or, like a marathon runner or endurance cyclist, do [...]]]> Killing the Princess: The Dangers of Goal Lockdown http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140215/BLOGS/302159996/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Sat, 15 Feb 2014 12:25:05 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140215/BLOGS/302159996/-1/blogs01 Remember the Ford Pinto? If you don't, you are not alone. The Pinto's history was a troubled one, complete with explosions, fires, and lawsuits. In a nutshell, in the 1970s, Ford committed to building a small, light, inexpensive car. It turned out that while they were so committed to that goal, that they also made a car that was prone to exploding in an accident. Why did that happen? According to management professors Lisa Ordonez, Maurice Schweitzer, Adam Galinsky, and Max Bazerman, it was [...]]]> Speaking of panic… http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109947/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:45:38 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140210/BLOGS/302109947/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.

I have three cats. Cats being the creatures that they are, I have only to sit down to read a book and instantly there is a cat on my lap. Regardless of which cat it is, a familiar pattern ensues: first, the cat carefully positions itself in front of my book. Once I adjust to move the book, the cat then carefully positions itself [...]]]> In the Zone http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140206/BLOGS/302069957/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:24:30 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140206/BLOGS/302069957/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.


There are a number of advantages to operating in the zone of optimal arousal. The major advantage is that our focus feels almost effortless. We automatically pay attention to relevant information and ignore things that are not relevant to the task at hand. This is assuming, of course, that we know what is [...]]]> One life or two? http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039992/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:19:54 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140203/BLOGS/302039992/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.


Another area of destructive stress is everyone's favorite problem: conflict between work life and family life. The problem here lies in the basic premise that we have two lives: a work life and a family life and that these are somehow two separate existences. Perhaps if you are James Bond you get to live twice; [...]]]> What does lack of control do? http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299958/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:15:32 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140129/BLOGS/301299958/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.

As we discussed earlier in this chapter, our own stress response is one of the signals that tells us that we are in danger. When we feel threatened, we look for the threat. If our attempts to identify the threat and make it go away fail, we first start to see the people in other departments as the source of the threat, and [...]]]> The stress of 20-20 hindsight http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140124/BLOGS/301249961/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:07:20 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140124/BLOGS/301249961/-1/blogs01 This is an excerpt from my new book, Organizational Psychology for Managers.


The hindsight trap can be best described by Dr. Watson saying to Sherlock Holmes at the end of the mystery, “It’s so obvious once you explain it!” Holmes famously does not reply by saying, “Elementary, my dear Watson,” though one might imagine that he is at least thinking it. The [...]]]> When is stress destructive? http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140121/BLOGS/301219923/-1/blogs01?rssfeed=true Tue, 21 Jan 2014 19:59:11 +0000 http://www.ardmoreite.com/article/20140121/BLOGS/301219923/-1/blogs01