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Group Of Happy Coworkers Discussing In Conference Room

Horrible meetings are a cliché of the business world, and with good reason. Most meetings are a waste of time and don’t accomplish much, if anything. Everyone leaves frustrated that they could be doing something more productive with their time — and not only do your results suffer, so does your credibility as a leader. [click to continue…]

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IntentionsThe new book, The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results, by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide for business leaders to apply behavioral economics to activate the good intentions of people in their workforce.

Behavioral economics has shown that people’s choices and actions often are not based on rational decisions.

If you are a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program, this explains why some of your best efforts at plan design, incentives, and participant education have frustrating results. We often assume (incorrectly) that if we give people the right information and financial carrots and sticks, they will:

  • Adopt healthier behaviors such as saving for retirement and eating healthier, and
  • Make smart-consumer choices such as choosing high-quality, lower-cost medications and providers.

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134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus

April 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGreat leaders don’t innovate products, they innovate the factory. Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory. From Frederick Taylor to Henry Ford, the industrial age was made by people who could envision the best way to design the […]

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4 Ways to Boost Benefits & Wellness Results with Behavioral Econ

April 12, 2016

The new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results by Bob Nease, PhD, is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues. The framework of seven strategies explained in the book […]

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Make Leading Easier with Behavioral Economics

April 6, 2016

The new book The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions into Positive Results is the first practical guide to help business leaders apply the principles of behavioral economics (sometimes called “Becon” for short) to workforce engagement issues, including wellness and benefits. Author Bob Nease, PhD, who was the chief scientist […]

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133: No Joke: Using Humor for Effective Communications | with David Nihill

April 1, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn honor of April Fool’s Day, a funny guest joins Jesse to discuss a seriously important topic … how to use humor to drive engagement in all of your communication opportunities. David Nihill went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a […]

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Finally, a Behavioral Economics Reference Guide for Business Leaders

March 23, 2016

Most people want to do the right thing. They just need help acting on those good intentions. ~ Bob Nease, PhD If you are a business leader — especially a benefits manager or the leader of a wellness program — you’ve probably heard the term behavioral economics tossed around. For the past five to 10 […]

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WHE28: Avoiding Workplace Burnout | with Bill Holston

March 22, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS One of the surprising things about workplace burnout is that no one is immune. Even the most engaged, productive, and passionate people can experience burnout — in fact, their dedication may cause them to be even more susceptible than others. In Engaging Leader […]

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132: The Coaching Habit – Say Less, Ask More | with Michael Bungay Stanier

March 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhat if coaching could become a regular, informal part of your day so you and your team could work less hard and have more impact? That’s the promise Michael Bungay Stanier makes in his latest book, The Coaching Habit.

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131: Superbosses: How Exceptional Leaders Master the Flow of Talent

March 1, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Some leaders foster a disproportionate share of top talent … the kind of talent that goes on to transform their entire industry. Professor Sydney Finkelstein noticed this and then figured out a way to identify who these “superbosses” are and how they do […]

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GC34: 8 Gamification Resources for Talent Acquisition

February 23, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS For several years, recruiting has been one of the business processes that has best leveraged the potential of gamification. According to a recent article in HR Magazine, gamification can be an effective strategy for talent acquisition because of the power to: Trigger interest […]

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130: The Storyteller’s Secret: Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don’t | with Carmine Gallo

February 15, 2016

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Storytelling is the most underrated skill [among entrepreneurs]. ~ Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire. From Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg to Richard Branson, successful leaders study and […]

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