Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!

Curtis Franklin Jr., Executive Editor | 10/18/2013 | 26 comments

Curtis Franklin Jr.
Welcome to EnterpriseEfficiency.com's Friday Quiz. This week we feature stupidity, irrelevance, and economics. Let the fun begin!

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Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   11/1/2013 7:40:54 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
Sara, 

The Multiple Intelligences (MI) Theory was developed by Howard Gartner (pshychologist and neuroscientist) in 1983. He has identified nine different intelligences (seven at the beginning) that we all have. However, just like fingerprints, we all have a different configuration of these intelligences.

Gartner's MI theory has been applied mainly in education by some teachers who believe in the potential of getting the most out of their students by identifying their unique MI configuration, and use it for the benefit of their individual learning. I have to mention also that the teacher's own MI configuration has to be taken into account as well. :)

Of course you can also apply the MI theory in the enterprise, and basically anywhere where there is a learning process.

In a nutshell, the concept is that we all don't learn in the same way. For this reason is rather stupid to demand the exact same results from students, or employees. Once again, a proof that individuality should be more considered. 

I could go on and on about MI, but here is a link you may find interesting. :)  

And a nice slideshow



-SusanF  
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Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   11/1/2013 4:50:28 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
Sara, 

"Maybe HR departments really understand this concept, that employees who take short breaks do better work than the people who are chained to their desk, but do the line-of-business managers know this? Is HR communicating this and/or enforcing/encouraging this attitude?"

Excellent question. :) Unfortunately, I don't have the answer. I can only tell you what I guess: No. And I can tell you what I believe it should happen: Business managers should know, and encourage this attutude in their departments.

If they don't kow about this they should be told. I am pretty sure there is at least one person in each eneterprise who knows, or suspects about the physical, mental, and psychological benefits of taking short breaks. All resulting in an increase of productivity.  

-SusanF 
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Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   11/1/2013 3:41:24 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
SaneIT, 

Do you need documentation that supports an idea for trying it yourself if you believe the results might be positive for you, and your team? :/ 

"We have a spot or two in the building I could use or maybe I could have them move a wall in my office."

I support the idea of you using one of those spots to create a coffee/tea/snack corner, and conduct your experiment. You could not tell anyone the real reason for it (i.e. increase productivity), but you should make sure they have to stand up, and at least walk a couple of meters aways from their desks two times per hour, or so. If you have a way --and the time-- to silently monitor productivity, and general mood in the mood it would be great. 

If at the end of the experiment you get positive results in both increase of productivity, and good mood in the office you have a winning team. Also, don't forget that good mood increases productivity. :) 

-SusanF 

 
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Sara Peters   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/31/2013 1:58:27 PM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
@SusanFourtane @Curt  It's very intriguing, this "multiple intelligences" thing. Can either of you give me some more info about that?
Sara Peters   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/31/2013 1:55:57 PM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
@Susan Fourtane  Love this little trick: "A smaller cup to fill more often is a great idea. I used to bring the teapot to the desk. Now I just bring the cup, and have to go where the teapot is when the cup is empty." Let me ask you a question: Maybe HR departments really understand this concept, that employees who take short breaks do better work than the people who are chained to their desk, but do the line-of-business managers know this? Is HR communicating this and/or enforcing/encouraging this attitude?
SaneIT   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/28/2013 8:10:37 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
I wonder if I could find some HR based documentation that supports this idea.  We have a spot or two in the building I could use or maybe I could have them move a wall in my office.  
Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/25/2013 8:28:26 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
SaneIT, 

"Since it's rare that I have to put my hands on anything physical to do my job I have joked that I should turn my office into a Genius bar where people can stop by for coffee and chat."

That's a good idea. :D Everyone would love that. And everyone will become more productive.

-SusanF
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SaneIT   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/25/2013 7:18:59 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
Maybe some of them are seeing that but I find that they are more flexible with their time than the average job is allowed to be. Since it's rare that I have to put my hands on anything physical to do my job I have joked that I should turn my office into a Genius bar where people can stop by for coffee and chat.
Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/25/2013 3:38:22 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
Curt, 

"I'm a fan of the "multiple intelligences" theory -- to define intelligence solely as the ability to think in one dimension seems awfully limiting."

Me, too. I have especially supported the Multiple Intelligences theory in educational institutions, where more times than not certain teachers think all their students learn in the same way, which is plain wrong.  

-SusanF
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Susan Fourtané   Stupidity & Irrelevance: It's the Friday Quiz!   10/25/2013 3:30:37 AM
Re: Cogito, ergo sum
SaneIT, 

"Maybe the next movement in HR should be to stop the image that an employee chained to their desk is getting the most work done."

They should know by now that that's exactly the opposite. Someone who is chained to their desk for most hours gets less work done than someone who takes short breaks, and moves if this helps the person in their thinking. By no means I could be able to work long hours without standing and walking. I accomplish much less when I don't move. 

A smaller cup to fill more often is a great idea. I used to bring the teapot to the desk. Now I just bring the cup, and have to go where the teapot is when the cup is empty. :D Like now. :)

-SusanF
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