The Risk of Group Polarization. We Are Better Together

Political and group polarization was the starting topic in my last newsletter (issue number #18). Not focused on politics, but I found it interesting to read and write a little about polarization in groups.

In politics, as in companies, or any group of people, polarization and extremism can appear when like-minded people join, and it is not adequately identified and addressed on time.

As I said, I don’t want to focus on politics. Still, it was impossible to hide from it, and the recent US elections and political situation is an excellent example of polarization.

Affective polarization

The following HBR article explains that after the 2016 election, research showed that 45% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats think the … Read the rest!

The power of introverted leaders

I included the topic of introverted leaders in my eighteenth newsletter. This post is based on it.

In the issue, I started introducing a video from Business Insider, where Adam Grant shared why introverted people would be better leaders. Adam Grant is a well-known psychologist, bestselling author, and professor at Wharton School.

At first, I didn’t understand the video at all. IMHO introverted wouldn’t be the right adjective. I was thinking of “humble”, because somebody who doesn’t want to share the spotlight and feels threatened would be a self-centered person, but not just extroverted.

Then I remembered Susan Cain‘s book, Quiet: Read the rest!

communication work from home

Communication and Leadership in Times of Crisis

Communication and Leadership in Times of Crisis was the title of my seventeenth newsletter issue. This post is an excerpt from it.

If we are going to adopt full-time remote work or any other temporary solution, it will be helpful to keep in mind some tips for improving communication and support teams.

Being there for people will be more important than ever in the next months.

Remember that given the situation, the uncertainty, and in some cases, solitude, people will probably suffer from stress and anxiety. Isolation is not only exclusive for people that live alone. Depending on the personality, you’ll also find very sociable people that will suffer from it.

Communicate frequently, be accessible, and give support

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The need for vulnerable leaders

I wrote about Vulnerable Leaders in my sixteenth newsletter. The original idea comes from the articles from Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Amy C. Edmondson.

Maybe you remember a post about Leadership Styles from some months ago. Maybe this kind of leadership would be a new one, suitable for the current situation, especially thinking about the world pandemic.

Vulnerable leaders against bullies or bravados

Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic shared the following article, co-written with the fabulous Amy Edmondson, about the need for more vulnerable leaders against the bullies or bravados.

When … Read the rest!

Crowd activism

Keep business and politics, and social activities separate

This post is a wrap-up of several excerpts from recent issues of my newsletter. I included articles and reactions to a post that asked to keep business and politics, and social activities separate.

It all started some weeks ago, ending September, when Brian Armstrong, Coinbase co-founder and CEO, published an article at the Coinbase blog about its mission.

As I mentioned in the newsletter, I saw are some similarities with Frank Slootman’s LinkedIn post that I shared in another newsletter.

A mission-focused company statement from Coinbase

The post aims to share the company mission: create an open financial system for the world and achieve success, focusing on that mission, on what unites and not divides, on building a … Read the rest!