#InfoLeaders EN. How Senior Executives Find Time to Be Creative; One In Five Bosses Is a Psychopat

Knowing we’re being manipulated doesn’t stop it from happening, new research points out, contradicting older theories that say manipulation is best performed on a public kept in the dark about what’s going on. A new study from IBM says that CEO’s look for creativity more than anything else when they’re hiring, but finding ways to be creative is not that easy. Unless you’re a psychopat, that is :) Here’s a new #InfoLeaders for our English readers.​

Manipulated. Photo source: gruenderszene.de
Manipulated. Photo source: gruenderszene.de

How Senior Executives Find Time to Be Creative

The number-one attribute CEOs look for when they’re hiring is creativity, not discipline, integrity, intelligence, or emotional intelligence. This is according to an IBM survey of more than 1,500 CEOs across 33 industries and 60 countries.

While much of the advice on becoming more creative is known, what’s harder to figure out is how busy executives actually find time to put it into practice. To find out, Harvard Business Review spoke to some of the most innovative leaders across key industries, from technology to consulting to manufacturing and reported on what they had to say.


One In Five Bosses Is a Psychopath, Research Reveals

New research has found psychopaths are as prevalent in the upper echelons of the corporate world as they are in prisons. The research shows that one in five prisoners is considered psychopathic, while the prevalence of people with the same tendencies in the executive ranks of the corporate business sector is the same, up to 21 per cent. Forensic psychologist Nathan Brooks and research colleagues Dr Katarina Fritzon of Bond University and Dr Simon Croom of the University of San Diego looked at the psychopathic traits of people working in the business sector, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Their research found that 21 percent of 261 corporate professionals studied in the supply chain management industry had clinically significant levels of psychopathic traits.


Knowing You’re Being Manipulated Doesn’t Stop it From Happening

Do subtle attempts to change your actions still work when you know they’re happening? It was thought that it’s easier to manipulate people who are kept in the dark, but it now seems we don’t mind being clearly “nudged” to behave in certain ways. At least that’s what new research from a team led by Hendrik Bruns at the University of Hamburg (Germany) found out, NewScientist reports.

So how did researches came to the conclusion we don’t mind if we realise we’re being manipulated? The team gave student volunteers €10 each and asked them how much, if any, they would like to donate to a fund to protect against climate change. Any money they didn’t donate would be theirs to keep.

Some of the volunteers were told no extra information, while others were told that the default donation was €8, a move inspired by studies that have found that default options influence economic decision-making. But some of these volunteers were also told that the preselected default might have been chosen to influence their behaviour – whereas others were told that it was definitely picked for this purpose. A fifth group was told that the default may have the power to influence their decision, and that it had been purposely picked to increase the amount they gave.

It turned out that the average donation for those who were nudged was €2.87, compared with only €1.67 for those who weren’t told of any default. None of the suggestions that the default may change behaviour had a significant effect on the power of the nudge. People who weren’t in the dark still donated more money.


Are we really so modern? For all our technological breakthroughs, we’re still wrestling with the same basic questions 

In an ample piece on how we, as a society, feel more advanced and modern, The New Yorker states that modernity it cannot be identified with any particular technological or social breakthrough. Rather, as the author concludes, it is a subjective condition, a feeling or an intuition that we are in some profound sense different from the people who lived before us.

Modern life, which we tend to think of as an accelerating series of gains in knowledge, wealth, and power over nature, is predicated on a loss: the loss of contact with the past. Depending on your point of view, this can be seen as either a disinheritance or an emancipation; much of modern politics is determined by which side you take on this question. But it is always disorienting.


Changes are coming in how humans go about in their daily life

While we stop to ponder on how modern we may or may not be, the world keeps going round and round and BBC points out that a 3-million-year-old ice-age is coming to an end and human life on earth will change dramatically in the coming centuries.

One of the changes to human life is actually taking place right now, a culinary change due to resource restrictions. BBC reports that humans across all continents will start more and more to rely on bugs in their diet and reports and some examples of how the bug-related-food industry is growing in western countries.

And speaking of global changes, our fun-piece of the week comes from The New Yorker: ”SCIENTISTS: EARTH ENDANGERED BY NEW STRAIN OF FACT-RESISTANT HUMANS”.

Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, according to new research conducted by the University of Minnesota. As The New Yorker reports, the new research identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

Luckily, scientists say, it’s possible that these people will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen. :)

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