Trust is a Drug
Neuroscientists have since proven that trust is akin to a drug literally because oxytocin is released in the brain when someone feels that someone is trusting them.
We think that trust is outside of us. We go looking for it. Can we trust this vendor. Before we hire this person or let them spend ten dollars of company money. Are they trustworthy? Aristotle taught us that trust does not exist in the person being trusted. The virtue of trust lies in giving it away. Because when you give trust away, you’re giving the power to the other person to let you down or do right by you. And the virtue of trust lies in taking that risk in giving trust away.
Neuroscientists have since proven that trust is akin to a drug literally because oxytocin is released in the brain when someone feels that someone is trusting them and they reciprocate the trust by extending trust back and you create a virtuous cycle of coming together and becoming closer where you can collaborate more. Now the only acronym I’ve ever come up with in the book HOW is TRIP. Everybody wants progress. We all agree to that. We all know that if you want progress you have to innovate. You’ve got to do something different or better than how we did it last week. But in order to innovate you have to take a risk.
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Don't underestimate the power of play when it comes to problem-solving.
- As we get older, the work we consistently do builds "rivers of thinking." These give us a rich knowledge of a certain kind of area.
- The problem with this, however, is that as those patterns get deeper, we get locked into them. When this happens it becomes a challenge to think differently — to break from the past and generate new ideas.
- How do we get out of this rut? One way is to bring play and game mechanics into workshops. When we approach problem-solving from a perspective of fun, we lose our fear of failure, allowing us to think boldly and overcome built patterns.
Controversial map names CEOs of 100 companies producing 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.
- Just 100 companies produce 71 percent of the world's greenhouse gases.
- This map lists their names and locations, and their CEOs.
- The climate crisis may be too complex for these 100 people to solve, but naming and shaming them is a good start.
The surprising results come from a new GLAAD survey.
- The survey found that 18- to 34-year-old non-LGBTQ Americans reported feeling less comfortable around LGBTQ people in a variety of hypothetical situations.
- The attitudes of older non-LGBTQ Americans have remained basically constant over the past few years.
- Overall, about 80 percent of Americans support equal rights for LGBTQ people.
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