• About the Author: Leigh Thompson

    Leigh Thompson is the J. Jay Gerber Professor of Dispute Resolution and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, and author, most recently, of Creative Conspiracy: The New Rules of Breakthro…

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09 Oct. 2017 | Comments (0)
Research: For Better Brainstorming, Tell an Embarrassing Story
My colleagues, Elizabeth Ruth Wilson and Brian Lucas, and I decided to explore whether people could also be primed for better brainstorming before the idea generation even starts. In our first experiment, we asked one set of participants to describe a time they’d felt embarrassed in the previous six months; we asked a second group to describe a time they’d felt proud.

18 Nov. 2016 | Comments (0)
How to Make Better Decisions with Less Data
Maria, an executive in financial services, stared at another calendar invite in Outlook that would surely kill three hours of her day. Whenever a tough problem presented itself, her boss’s knee-jerk response was, “Collect more data!” Maria appreciated her boss’s analytical approach, but as the surveys, reports, and stats began to pile up, it was clear that the team was stuck in analysis paralysis.

29 Apr. 2013 | Comments (0)
Give Workers the Power to Choose: Cave or Commons
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's recent dictate to report to work was viewed as much as an attack on individual freedom as an attack on the family.