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12 Insights on the Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior — Jonah Berger

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Jonah Berger is a marketing Professor at Wharton School and author of Contagious and Invisible Influence

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12 Insights on the Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior — Jonah Berger

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  3. 3. Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On [hyperlinked to book page]. Dr. Berger has spent over 15 years studying how social influence works and how it drives products and ideas to catch on. He’s published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals, consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 companies, and popular outlets like the New York Times and Harvard Business Review often cover his work. Jonah Berger @j1berger Wharton Professor, Speaker, Consultant
  4. 4. The tendency to imitate others is so fundamental that even animals do it, especially when uncertainty is involved. Insight #1
  5. 5. Insight #2 Mimicry facilitates social interactions because it elevates rapport. In a negotiation or sales interaction, you’re five times more likely to gain a successful outcome if you mimic the language or the mannerism of your counterpart.
  6. 6. Insight #3 Part of being human is a desire to be unique; as such we fall prey to the illusion of distinction as we focus on ways we are different, even if at the core we are very much the same.
  7. 7. Insight #4 Managing identity signals is key for making sure something not only catches on, but stays popular. If someone is supporting a cause or buys a product because they like what it communicates about them. Advocacy and sales can increase exponentially as people rush to jump on the bandwagon.
  8. 8. Insight #5 Peer pressure matters and the presence of others impacts performance. The more automatic and simple a task is, the better you’re likely to perform. However, as the tasks get more challenging, your performance tends to suffer as you become more occupied with not disappointing others.
  9. 9. Insight #6 Part of the reason similar things look or sound better is familiarity. As such, integrating similarity with difference is particularly important when managing innovation.
  10. 10. Insight #7 Competition influences motivation by shaping people’s reference points. Providing a sense of how someone stacks up against his peers can encourage him to work harder and be more likely to achieve his goals. At the same time, if not carefully designed, social comparison can lead people to get disheartened, give up, and quit.
  11. 11. Insight #8 One way to encourage perseverance is to shrink the comparison set. Break larger groups into smaller ones based on performance. Think golf tournaments.
  12. 12. Insight #9 When hiring, picking someone who is qualified, but for whom the job is a slight stretch, often nets more motivated individuals.
  13. 13. Insight #10 How we imitate or differentiate ourselves depends on our reference points; we don’t want to be exactly the same or completely different. Instead, we choose and behave in ways that allow us to be optimally distinct, threading the needle between similarity and difference. We avoid extremes.
  14. 14. Insight #11 Our tendency to imitate can encourage us to go along when we should dissent, or stay silent when we should speak up.
  15. 15. Insight #12 We are all social animals. Consciously or unconsciously, other people have a subtle and surprising impact on almost everything we do. Don’t be fooled if you can’t see it.
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