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Core Values Exercise: 16 Creative Moments

With the Coetic Core Values Tool, the options are limitless. Working to articulate core values for the first time? Looking for a fun core values exercise? Trying to assess walking the talk on core values? We've found this simple sort tool to be valuable in so many...

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Psychology of Sustainability

Sustainability is as much about people and human psychology as it is about our planet and its resources. How can we best succeed with the psychology of sustainability? Here's what the research says...Unsustainable practices have consequences on public health, and poor...

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How and When to Make Collaboration Happen

We know the problems of workplaces that make it hard to collaborate, and the problems of open plans that make it nearly impossible to escape "collaboration." How can we get centered on when, how, and where to make collaboration happen? Here's what the research says......

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Focus, Attention, & Distraction: People Science Brief

Where does Focus come from? And where does Focus go when we lose it? Can we choose to be Focused? Here's what the research says... Attention is the process of filtering everything we're sensing to isolate what's relevant. Sensory stimuli bombard us constantly. We...

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Professionalism: People Science Brief

Professionalism...we know it when we don't see it. Here's what the research says... Colloquially, a professional is "someone who takes work seriously." Generally, people think of a professional as somebody who is a reliably good performer and who prioritizes work...

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Trust & Autonomy at Work: People Science Brief

Autonomy is being able to make choices that are an expression of your self. The notion of "choice" is central to autonomy, but autonomy is more than a choice among a fixed number of predefined options. Where there is complete autonomy, people are free to make choices...

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Psychological Safety: People Science Brief

It turns out the so-called "touchy-feely" soft stuff is pretty hard to get around. People working together need psychological safety to succeed. Here's what the research says... Psychological Safety is the shared belief that it's safe to speak up, ask questions, point...

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Workplace Mentoring Relationships: People Science Brief

Workplace mentoring relationships connect people in the meaningful work of sharing implicit wisdom and accelerating growth. Here's what the research says... Workplace mentoring relationships are developmental partnerships. Mentoring happens when a more senior and...

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Meaningful Work & Purpose-Driven Jobs: People Science Brief

Meaningful work. What makes it happen? What happens when people experience it? Here's what the research says... Work is meaningful when it connects to our deepest values, needs, and goals. Meaningful work is subjective. Two people can be experiencing highly meaningful...

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Engagement at Work: People Science Brief

Employee engagement has been a hot topic of organizational research since 1990, with leaders and HR teams scrambling to build more of it. Here's what the research says... When people are engaged, we bring our “whole selves” to work. Engagement is a positive,...

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Job Resources for Job Demands: People Science Brief

Supply and demand applies to people doing the work too. What are the most important job resources? Here's what the research says... A job resource is anything that makes you feel equipped to handle the demands of your job. Job resources are aspects of the job or work...

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From Boring to Energizing: Create Work People Love to Do

People loving work. Work people love. It happens. We see it when we get the joy of working alongside someone who clearly loves what they do. We experience it when we’re a customer being served by someone who is clearly happy to help. We live it when we’re doing...

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Organizational Communication: People Science Brief

Pick an unfamiliar organization, guess its top challenge. For good odds, guess organizational communication. What to do? Here's what the research says... Think like an organizational scientist -- Communication occurs in many layers. Organizational communication is...

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Reinforcing Core Values with Stories: Co-Author Epic Tales

  "What stories get told and retold in your organization?" This is a great question to surface core values. Any values-driven organization will have several stories -- each reinforcing core values. Some stories may date far back in the organization's history; these...

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Shared Core Values: Their Power & How to Get There

Does your organization have shared core values? No, not the stated values that may be written on a website, posted on walls, and recited to new hires. Well, maybe those, but only if the stated principles truly permeate the organization’s identity, define culture,...

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