This month, try to catch your biases red-handed and find a silver lining in recessions:
1. Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet
It turns out that many biases can be boiled down to four categories: too much information, not enough meaning, the need to act fast, and the need to decide what to remember.
2. Why Etsy Engineers Send Company-Wide Emails Confessing Mistakes They Made
By sharing their mistakes, members of this team set the tone that it's safe to take risks and learn from failure.
3. The Surprising Link Between the Economy and Narcissism
The upside of down times: those who graduate college during recessions end up less narcissistic and more satisfied with their jobs—and these effects can persist for decades. Note to self: to curb entitlement, only hire people who finished college in 2008.
4. Arkansas School Puts Helicopter Parents on Notice
When students forget their lunches or homework, this school has forbidden parents from dropping them off. Says the principal, "We’ve been amazed that a school teaching self-reliance and personal responsibility seems like a novel idea.”
5. Companies Headed By Introverts Performed Better in a Study of Thousands of CEOs
Five years ago I led a pair of studies showing that although introverts are less likely to become leaders, they're just as likely as extraverts to be effective leaders. New evidence suggests there may even be an introverted CEO advantage. Introverts rejoice… quietly.