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From Inspiring Trust To Fighting Twitter Trolls: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

This week’s top leadership stories may help you become more trustworthy, boost your creativity, and protect your brand from Twitter trolls.

This week we learned a few tactics for brands to take on social-media haters, what it takes to command your team members’ trust, and some surprising insights from the science of creativity.

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These are the stories you loved in Leadership for the week of September 19:

1. 7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

Hitting upon great ideas in the shower might not just be a cliché. In their book Wired to Create, authors Scott Barry Kaufman and Carolyn Gregoire write that that’s happened to a whopping 72% of us. This week we got a closer look at why and examined several other quirks tied to the science of creativity.

2. Want To Be More Productive And Creative? Collaborate Less

A former designer at IDEO, Lisa Baird claims that some of the fields best known for their creative teams harbor an inconvenient secret: They collaborate less than you’d think. Sometimes, Baird writes, just one person with a broad skill set is more creative and productive than a team of people with narrower ones. Here’s her take on how we went overboard with collaboration.

3. 6 Habits Of Trustworthy Leaders

According to recent research, people tend to trust their own colleagues more than their companies’ execs, a gap that may contribute to employee turnover. This week we explored what leaders can do to narrow it.

4. 7 Science-Backed Steps To Take Before Quitting A Job That’s Burning You Out

Already have one foot out the door of a job where you feel overworked? Drawing on some key psychological principles of the workplace, LearnVest’s Rachel Grumman Bender suggests some research-backed changes that may help restore some work-life balance.

5. 5 Essential Tips For Brands Battling Social Media Trolls

Many consumers are ditching customer-service hotlines for Twitter rants, and sometimes it gets pretty ugly. These are a few steps companies can take to address their customers’ needs while protecting the integrity of their brands.

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