Don’t Let Meetings Suck Your Time


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Six reasons why I hate meetings, and what you can do to make them more efficient

Employee sleeping during meeting, man in pink shirt and glasses

 

I was recently out to lunch with a few colleagues who work at a very cool company. The CEO of their company had left, and the second in command had taken over. They like her, but they said the number of meetings they’re required to go to now has doubled.

They were describing my hell.

Now, I don’t think that meetings are completely useless. But I do think that most companies have useless meetings, including my own. And the people at my company, VerticalResponse, will tell you that they know how I feel.

Why do I hate meetings? Let me count the ways. Leer más “Don’t Let Meetings Suck Your Time”

Exploring the psychological motives of racism

The recent controversy ignited by talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is just one of many incidents in recent memory that has put the public spotlight on the topic of racism in America. On the one hand, many sectors of American culture seem to be very engaged in efforts to promote racial equality and the celebration of diversity. On the other hand, public spectacles such as the Dr. Laura incident, journalistic coverage of social problems and injustices that involve race as a variable (e.g., the government response to Katrina), and scientific research in the fields of psychology and sociology indicate that racism and prejudice in general are still major problems our society faces.

Though we often hear about deep-rooted institutional and cultural forces that contribute to racism, it seems like we less often hear about the psychological motives and processes involved. In other words, psychologically, what does being racist do for a person? Below I provide a list of psychological motives that appear to contribute to racism.


The recent controversy ignited by talk show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger is just one of many incidents in recent memory that has put the public spotlight on the topic of racism in America. On the one hand, many sectors of American culture seem to be very engaged in efforts to promote racial equality and the celebration of diversity. On the other hand, public spectacles such as the Dr. Laura incident, journalistic coverage of social problems and injustices that involve race as a variable (e.g., the government response to Katrina), and scientific research in the fields of psychology and sociology indicate that racism and prejudice in general are still major problems our society faces.

Though we often hear about deep-rooted institutional and cultural forces that contribute to racism, it seems like we less often hear about the psychological motives and processes involved. In other words, psychologically, what does being racist do for a person? Below I provide a list of psychological motives that appear to contribute to racism.

Leer más “Exploring the psychological motives of racism”