Project #36038 - Discussion

Learning Activity #1

In a famous experiment, researchers ran a lottery with a twist. Half the participants were randomly assigned a lottery number. The remaining half were given a blank piece of paper and a pen and asked to write down any number they would like as their lottery number. Just before drawing the winning number, the researchers offered to buy back the tickets. The question researchers wanted to answer is, “How much more do you have to pay someone who ‘wrote their own number’ versus someone who was handed a number randomly?” The rational answer would be that there is no difference (given that a lottery is pure chance and therefore every ticket number, chosen or assigned, should have the same value). A more savvy answer would be that you would have to pay less for the tickets where the participant chose the number, given the possibility of duplicate numbers in the population who wrote their own number. The real answer? No matter what location or demographic the experiment has taken place in, researchers have always found that they have to pay at least five times more to those who wrote their own number.

This result reveals an inconvenient truth about human nature: When we choose for ourselves, we are far more committed to the outcome — by a factor of five to one. Does this finding influence teamwork and team development? Explain.

 

Learning Activity #2

Today, we’re no longer restricted to face-to-face communication for conveying information, and many companies, have invested in full-time communications professionals. Consequently organizations are constantly communicating with their people through a wide range of modes and media: Newsletters and magazines, email blasts, town meetings, streaming videos — as well as traditional meetings. But yet somehow, communications are still a problem. As one of my friends stated, “The greatest problem with communication is the assumption that it has taken place.” Now, I’ve NEVER found a senior manager who says that communications are not important; so why do organizational communications continue to break down despite all of the investment and generally good intentions?

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 07/24/2014 12:00 am
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