What the Stanford Prison Experiment means for your Business.

The Stanford Prison Experiment has shown how quickly a persons mindset adjusts to their context and prescribed social roles. It has a significant implication for how you build or restructure teams in a business context too. Essentially, the person you hire will behave a certain way up until the point that they start work. But once they are in your business, they will be massively influenced, and may display entirely new behaviours as a result of the existing business culture.

It’s an easy concept to understand. Quite informative if you are able to influence a culture top down. An informative view to help adjust your hiring strategy. But pretty challenging to resolve if you find yourself hired into an environment where you cannot exert any significant influence on the culture. The challenge then is to understand what can be done get people to snap out of cruel or self serving behaviour, and … 

 

Personality Insights

An amazing tool from IBM to analyse personality traits based on a persons writing. You can use text from blogs, email, forum posts. A very interesting tool for interviews, or research ahead of meetings. Try it!

Personality Insights – The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analytics to extract a spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics from the text data that a person generates through blogs, tweets, forum posts, and more.