From TED.com, “Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
“Amy Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and how snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom.
Her research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.”
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From a good article about international travel. Click through for some more good info.
When on business overseas, employees need to identify a safe, licensed method of airport transport and of transit around the locale. It is not uncommon for incognizant international travelers to walk out of airports and into unlicensed taxis or other vehicles, says Gruber. In the United States, taking unlicensed transport is unlikely to lead to any problems, but in some nations, these travelers become robbery or kidnap victims. In Mexico in 2011, for example, a criminal gang posing as taxi drivers picked up passengers and drove them to a secure location to rob them of their money, credit cards, and other valuables. Some of the abductees were sexually assaulted. The abductors only released the victims after they had maxed out the credit cards.
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Here’s the start of a write-up from a Google employee on the importance of architecture and interior design on keeping and retaining employees…
The No. 1 thing is to listen to what employees need. We found that they need a lot of diversity. There are so many ways to work—as a team, solo—and so many kinds of workers, from introverts to extroverts and so on. We create many different places so people can be as productive as possible—from formal and informal conference rooms to open spaces to stretching and yoga areas and gyms. One trick is to design spaces with a diversity of scale, light, and mood.
More info and video if you follow the link.
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Starts on page 44!