What is your social capital?

Everyone has social capital. It is the resources you can access thanks to the relationships we have. It is perfectly human to use these resources to help you share your goals. In return, you have to share your resources with your connection to help them reach their goals. This post explains how you can measure your social capital.

5 reasons for seeking information

Many people cringe when they hear the word networking. Net-work-ing. Let it sink in. Do you get that picture of business cards in your pocket, drink in your sweaty hand, and a feeling on anguish or disgust on your face while looking at other people happily talking with each other, apparently engaged in meaningful conversations….

Getting your expertise recognized in (virtual) teams

Sometimes ideas are not picked up by team members or questions get directed to the wrong person. If this is the case, your team might have a problem recognizing each others expertise. This article uses research evidence to explain what cues people are using to form ideas about each others expertise, and includes  a couple…

About Jerks and Negative Nancies at Work

Uber, the hail riding company, has been criticized for its culture and leadership style. Often the negative anecdotes I hear about working at US companies center around the benefits and performance focus, it’s often the interpersonal relationships that have more far stretching consequences, as Uber helps to illustrate. Working at a performance drive company is…

Work Engagement Networks

Are you dreading to go to work every morning looking forward to your weekend, maybe secretly looking for other jobs? Or do you have the opposite feelings for your work: Looking forward to the daily work challenges, mundane tasks, and colleagues? Most of us are somewhere in the middle, as different tasks need to be…

Weak Ties and Creativity

Have you heard about the theory of “strength of weak ties” ? Weak ties are those people with whom you interact rarely. Your acquaintances and colleagues you only talk once a while. Their strengths come from exactly this limited interaction. As you don’t interact often with them, chances are high that they know things you…

That’s it Google? Psychological Safety ?

The New York Times described Google’s finding about what makes teams effective as “surprising” . The article tells the story of how members of Project Aristotle analyzed huge amount of data, looking for patterns that explain why certain teams are more effective than others. Their first culprit, team composition, turned out to not explain anything….

Why you shouldn’t be committed to your work

Do you need to be committed to your job and your profession? What if you work in a (multidisciplinary) teams, whose standards or work do you need to commit to? If your colleagues slack, because they are less committed to their job, can you do the same or should you put in your weight or…

Adaptive Experts: Who are they, why teams should have one, and am I one?

There are two types of experts: Routine and adaptive experts. Both require expertise in a field. The differences between them is how they are dealing with changs in their environment. Adaptive expertise: What is it? I have been studying adaptive expertise for the past five years, beginning with a summary of what other people have…

The new workplace: Are we on the edge of a new revolution?

There is a buzz in the air that workplaces are in the process of changing. Co-working spaces are flourishing. A vast array of tools promise to make work easier, more enjoyable, more collaborative. But it is more than just the work environment that is transforming. Work itself takes on new forms. Work is shaped by…

Social Identity Complexity at the Workplace

I have been interested for a long time in teams and how they functioning. Over time, I specialized in the topic of knowledge sharing: Why do certain people share and other’s not? And what does need to happen for shared knowledge to be processes and transformed by team members. At the beginning of my PhD I thought…