This week’s must-reads: How to Spot an Incompetent Leader

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. I hope you enjoy them!

Extrinsic Motivation: Why You Make Terrible Life Choices (NirAndFar) Everyone struggles with dwindling or misplaced motivation from time to time. Learn the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to help overcome the motivation struggle.

How to Spot an Incompetent Leader (Harvard Business Review) If you want to understand why some companies have a toxic culture, look no further than the quality of their leadership teams.

Hourly Employees Need Reliable Schedules: Can Behavioral Science Help Companies Deliver? (Behavioral Scientist) A study shows that people prefer consistent work schedules over a fluctuating work schedule.

Our Intimacy with Technology May Enhance Humanity (UnDark) Our tendency to bond with modern technology may have roots in an ancient inclination called animism that hones empathy.

What Psychological Safety Actually Means For Teams (Shane Snow) If you can take risks without your team beating you up, you’ll be more likely to succeed.

Plastic Bag Bans Do More Harm Than Good [VIDEO] (Reason) COVID-19 has brought about a call to bring back plastic bags and stop using reusable bags.

Happy reading!

- Nir

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