Category Archives: Trust

On Workplace Depersonalization

I have been thinking a lot lately about workplace depersonalization. Let me give you a couple of examples. True stories. I go for a doctor’s appointment and am sitting in the waiting area while others check in. One of the receptionists says to an older, incoming patient: “Oh, hello! It’s so nice to see you! […]

Awkward Leadership

Among the many emotions associated with leading others, one is hardly mentioned: awkwardness. And yet, time and again, the places where things can change are in the awkward moments, made up of social discomfort, imprecise words and tensions that we hope sometimes too desperately are on their way to being overcome. We can think of […]

On Not Wanting to Know

I attended a conference lately on open science where one of the speakers discussed how we can now create detailed human genetic profiles. For example, it is possible to give a pregnant woman or a new mom knowledge of all the diseases to which her baby might be susceptible. But, it turns out, there’s a […]

Leadership and Beauty

A recent New York Times article, “How Beauty is Making Scientists Rethink Evolution,” caught my eye and ear. Ferris Jabr’s lucid prose verges at the end of the article to poetry and is framed throughout with exquisite images of bird feathers by Kenji Aoki. The content of the article is about evolutionary biology and scientific […]