Developing Collaborative Skills for Organizational Efficiency (Harvard Business Review)


“Having worked with hundreds of managers over the years, I’ve seen that very few admit to being poor collaborators, mostly because they mistake their cooperativeness for being collaborative,” writes Schaffer Consulting managing partner Ron Ashkenas.

The difference, according to Ashkenas, is that cooperation means people getting together and sharing information while collaboration requires a strategic alignment of goals and resources with others in real time. Read the article here.

Your Secret Money Habits Revealed (TIME)

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TD Bank’s Saving and Spending Survey reveals budgeting habits across age groups and geographical regions, noting the strengths and weaknesses in each demographic.

Millennials, for instance, have a weakness for eating out, while Bostonians stretch their budgets on gifts. What is your demographic splurging on? Read the article here.

Are You Making a Great First Impression? (Barking Up the Wrong Tree)


Whether it’s a job interview or meeting the in-laws, it’s clear that first impressions matter, and they likely matter more so than we think. At least since the 1997 study by Winkielman, Zajonc, and Schwarz that showed first impressions develop and remain over the course of one’s interactions with the subject, there has been a growing field of research on making a positive first impression.

For example, it turns out that offering tasty food like a cheeseburger to a recipient can be a powerful tool to induce in the recipient a temporary mood of compliance. But coming across as putting in too much effort to be well liked can backfire. “In sum, positive self-presentation facilitates more accurate impressions,” writes psychologist Lauren Human, suggesting that “putting one’s best self forward helps reveal one’s true self.” Read the article here.

Spotify: Is the Streaming Giant Worth More Than the Entire Music Industry? (The Independent)


As streaming becomes more and more important to the music industry, Spotify, a leading music streaming service, has seen its valuation increase to an estimated $8.4 billion compared to the music industry as a whole at $6.97 billion. The Independent takes a look.