Other resources

If you have an interest in workplace culture, then here’s lots of suggestions of what to watch next.

They are simple and light- there are some easy to use pieces to act as conversation starters with your team. Sometimes a video can be a better thing to get everyone to consume than a book. Here are 9 videos that can start a discussion about each of themes shown.

Videos

TED: Build a tower, build a team | Tom Wujec The marshmellow challenge - don’t show video to your team before you watch it and try the game out with them.
Alex (Sandy) Pentland: "Honest Signals" Discovering the work of Sandy Pentland is like your eyes being opened for the first time. He brings data to our understanding of workplace interactions - and above all else shows us the power of human conversation.
How to build (and rebuild) trust | Frances Frei How to build (and rebuild) trust - Frances Frei. Frances was the business school professor who was invited in by Uber to fix their culture in 2017. Here she explains what she observed and the actions she tried to take to fix things.
Building a psychologically safe workplace - Amy Edmondson This video should be must watching for anyone in a job. Professor Edmondson talks us through the phenomenon and explains why we should think about it in our own workplace.
Belonging and friendship at work All you need is love… at work? - Sigale Barsade (Freedom at Work talk). The work of Barsade is fabulous for giving us a perspective on what really happens at work. There are companies that tell us that feeling a fondness for our colleagues isn't important - Barsade's evidence disputes that. She says that feeling a love for the people we work with is important and is observed in the best teams.
Brian Eno 'Peel lecture' This Brian Eno presentation was recommended to me by former guest Andy Puleston. Eno's discussion about 'sync' really set me off emploring the impact of this sync on modern workplaces - and really inspired a lot of the content of the Joy of Work. While Eno's lecture isn't directly about work his discussion about how we humans connect with one another is a stimulating provocation and relevant to everyone in an office.
Changing meetings Want to be more creative? Go for a walk - Marily Oprezzo
How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas | Manoush Zomorodi How empty space is what leads to creative ideas. How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas - Manoush Zomorodi explains that our most creative ideas don't come from moments when we're intensely focussed on work but rather when our brain has moments to wander and drift.

Articles

Rethinking our relationship with email Harvard Business Review
What's the relationship between stress and creativity? Harvard Business Review
The impact of using tech in meetings might be to allow everyone else to join in. Harvard Business Review
Bringing purpose to our workplaces might be more simple than we think Harvard Business Review
Smartphones and meetings - rethinking the relationship Harvard Business Review

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About Me

I’m Bruce Daisley. I’ve spent my career working in media and technology companies like Twitter, YouTube, Google and Emap. Along the way I’ve become obsessed with making our jobs better, and how often we get it wrong. Eat Sleep Work Repeat (and my book, The Joy of Work) are my attempts to escape the bad opinions that leaders bring to work culture - and to replace them with evidence and facts.

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