Professor Dan Cable and comedian Akin Omobitan unearth social science’s hidden gems by “funpacking” peer-reviewed articles and sharing their choice findings!
Service with a Smile: Who Benefits Most?
It's likely you've either worked in a customer facing role or you've been the customer; we imagine for many of you it's both. So then, when service is given with a smile, who benefits most, the employee or the customer? Dan and Akin squeeze some interesting findings that question who's in need of training. - Research Paper: 'Why Does Service with a Smile Make Employees Happy? A Social Interaction Model' by Eugene Kim and David Yoon
Does Working from Home Work?
Ahead of their time, researchers in 2010 began looking into the costs and benefits of working from home - for organisations and employees. Dan and Akin recently got their hands on the research; join them as they give the findings a good squeeze. - Research Paper: 'Does Working from Home Work? Evidence from a Chinese Experiment' by Nicholas Bloom, James Liang, John Roberts and Zhichun Jenny Ying
Abusive Leadership and the Victim’s Desire to Help
It can be concerning when abusive leadership towards employees is accepted and supported by victims of toxicity. Dan and Akin squeeze research that looks into why this happens and the role played by the perceived quality of the relationship, self-blame and guilt. - Research Paper: 'When Victims Help their Abusive Supervisors: The Role of LMX, Self-Blame and Guilt' by Christian Tröster and Niels Van Quaquebeke
The Positive Effects of ”Feedback-Sharing” on Psychological Safety
A longer-lasting approach to creating psychological safety is emerging, and it requires leaders to display more vulnerability. Rather than continuously soliciting feedback, this new approach suggests leaders share previous feedback they've received. Listen in as Dan and Akin make sense of "feedback-sharing" and its discovered benefits. - Research Paper: 'Taking Your Team Behind the Curtain: The Effects of Leader Feedback-Sharing and Feedback-Seeking on Team Psychological Safety' by Constantinos Coutifaris and Adam Grant
The Underdog Effect: Bringing the Best Out of the Worst
Peculiar things happen when people doubt our capabilities; their doubts can have a strengthening or weakening effect on our performance. Dan and Akin squeeze exciting research about the conditions that turn underdogs into overachievers. - Research Paper: 'The Underdog Effect: When Low Expectations Increase Performance' by Samir Nurmohamed
The Zero-Sum Games of Dominant Leadership
Dominant leaders work toward getting what they want, even if it's at the expense of others. This attitude has a ripple effect, creating negative environments in which more people adopt a zero-sum game mindset: in order to gain, someone else must lose. Join Dan and Akin as they squeeze the findings of the brand new research paper. - Research Paper: 'The Impact of Leader Dominance on Employees' Zero-Sum Mindset and Helping Behaviour' By Niro Sivanathan and Hemant Kakkar
Love this podcast. Interesting topics presented in an easily digestible way without being dumbed down. Currently working my way through back episodes.
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You're just a weird little space monkey
Think you know lots and lots about humans? Because you ARE human? Well... you don't. Studies show that you prefer pharmaceutical drugs when they have tons of listed side effects. You're a fruitcake, mate. You're deeply confused. We all are.
Rather cleverly, the first episode is called 'Gratitude' so you're reminded every week that a five star review of Squeezing the Orange will also positively impact your own life and the lives of those ambling about within a 10 metre radius of you. But it took me ages to get round to doing this and now they're cutting it down to a bi-weekly podcast; I should have been more openly grateful.