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Bit Curious

By Victoria Vallstrom
Welcome to Bitcurious. A podcast about us, humans, working and creating things together

My hypothesis is that understanding basic concepts of us humans can improve how we work and create things together. Explore the fundamentals forgotten or hidden in systems or buzz words

This curiosity launches me onto a quest to understand concepts underlying assertions and science. I find, read, and digest the science on the topic to help me make better sense of the world

I share these findings hoping those answers can also help you

If you r like me, a curious bit, come along on this quest for answers
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E8: From Perfectionism to Optimalism in the Workplace

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E10: Science of Power in Teams & Organizations
Research demonstrates that power's impact on individuals is associated with a set of positive side effects, such as increased performance and outcomes. However, the positive benefits power has on us individuals are paradoxically the opposite for teams. Evidence suggests that power's impact is negatively related to team performance, outcomes, and corrupt social interactions within teams. This sparked my curiosity to understand more about power in the context of groups, teams, and organizations - and how to mitigate power's negative effect on teams & organizations. If you are a curious bit ūü§ď ūü߆, come along on this week's quest to understand and untangle the science and research of power in the context of teams and organizations. Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content stands on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! The main credit for this episode goes to the professors and scholars, Julie Battilana, Tiziana Casciaro, Dachner Keltner - who¬īs research is greatly summarized in the following books. Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business, by Julie Battilana, Tiziana Casciaro, et all The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, By Dachner Keltner The full list of sources and specific research papers can be found at my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/¬† Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
40:12
January 14, 2022
E9: Science of Power
Come along on this week's quest in the Science and research of power. Searching for answers to questions such as: what is power, what are the origins of it, who gains it, ones gained, what does power does to us? Some of those answers are grim, ¬†which will bring us to the next set of questions, why is there so much misuse of power, why are power structures so sticky? However, our quest through the dark forest of power will end on the field of hope, as we seek answers to questions such as how and what do you do to stay on the right side of power? Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content stands on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! The main credit for this episode goes to the professors and scholars, Julie Battilana, Tiziana Casciaro, Dachner Keltner - who¬īs research is greatly summarized in the following books.¬† Power, for All: How It Really Works and Why It's Everyone's Business, by Julie Battilana, Tiziana Casciaro, et all The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence, By Dachner Keltner The full list of sources and specific research papers can be found at my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
53:17
October 25, 2021
E8: From Perfectionism to Optimalism in the Workplace
In this episode, we will talk about the concept of Perfectionism in the Workplace. There is a continued prevalence of perfectionism in the workplace, which is striking, given the magnitude of the negative effects perfectionism has on how we work and create things together. This goes back to our widely held (incorrect) assumption: that perfectionism is beneficial to job performance. Today's episode will, based on current research, poke holes in this assumption - and look at ways to mitigate the negative effects of perfectionism. If you are a curious bit ūü§ď ūü߆, come along this week's quest to understand and untangle perfectionism at the workplace, details how it is expressed, what to do about it including concrete actual interventions how to prevent feeding perfectionism and develop and foster optimalism. Enjoy! Victoria If you want a fast recap of what I just covered - there are slides and visuals posted with the key takeaways of this episode‚Äôs material on my website. Each episode¬īs content stands on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! The full list of sources can be found at my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
36:57
September 08, 2021
E7: Science of Perfectionism
In this episode, we will talk about the concept and Science of Perfectionism While there is scientific consensus that perfectionism leads to negative consequences, there has been a longstanding debate within perfectionism research if there are any positive aspects of perfectionism. At what point does healthy striving for perfection turn unhealthy? Come along this week's quest to understand and untangle what perfectionism is and how, when, and why it is problematic. Enjoy! Victoria If you want a fast recap of what I just covered - there are slides and visuals posted with the key takeaways of this episode‚Äôs material on my website. Each episode¬īs content stands on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! The full list of sources can be found at my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
38:20
June 23, 2021
E6: Autonomy-Supportive Organizations
In this episode, we will talk about the concept of Autonomy-Supportive Organizations. An autonomy-supportive organization is an organization that fulfills its members‚Äô autonomy needs. When we perceive that we are free to perform our work in our own way within an autonomy-supportive context, we are more likely to find work engaging, have higher job satisfaction, and increased performance. We also engage in more self-directed behaviors, address obstacles and challenges more freely, and feel more support and connection. And the great news is that you can deliberately foster such an environment Come along on this quest to find answers: what are the most effective interventions, according to science, ¬†for organizations to foster an autonomy-supportive environment? Enjoy! Victoria If you want a fast recap of what I just covered - there are slides and visuals posted with the key takeaways of this episode‚Äôs material on my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Each episode¬īs content stands on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! The full list of sources can be found at my website https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
31:35
June 02, 2021
E5 Bonus: Philosophy of Autonomy (and free will)
This is a Bonus Episode, that goes along with E5: Science of Autonomy It is not only modern software development organizations that spent many cycles on the concept of autonomy. ¬†Autonomy is a topic that has engaged us, humans, for thousands of years, in philosophy, ethics, science, politics, and business. This is a quick crash course, a simplified version, of discussions around autonomy free will.¬† Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content, stand on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! A full list of sources can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
10:55
May 19, 2021
E5: Science of Autonomy
In this episode, we will talk about the concept and Science of Autonomy Autonomy is a common term frequently thrown around in organizations in the past decade. Yet, the concept of autonomy is still controversial and creates issues. Stop and think about it; when you think about autonomy in your workplace, ¬†what feelings arise? I suspect it is a mixed bag of emotions, right? Come along on this quest to find the answer, what is autonomy, ¬†why do we obsess about it, and should we care? Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content, stand on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! A full list of sources can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
36:43
May 19, 2021
E4: Applied Fairness in Organizations
This episode is an extension of the prior episode on Science of ¬†Fairness. When members of an organization perceive the workplace as fair, it has a significant positive impact, both economic and psychological. I did not cover in that episode that there are more things you can do, ¬†and with quite some precision, to increase fairness. And also, did you know that your organizational structure impacts fairness? Applying fairness in organizations hence deserved this additional episode on fairness! This episode is about, with a little bit of nerd warning, ¬†ways to with precision apply fairness research to increase fairness in organizations. To reap all the great benefits of fairness, for everyone involved. Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content, ¬†stand on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! A full list of sources can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, biology etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
32:18
May 05, 2021
E3: Science of Fairness
In this episode, we will talk about the concept and Science of Fairness Fairness is the very essence of balancing interests of self, ¬†group, and between groups.¬† Why don¬īt we talk more about the concept of fairness in organizations? When digging into the research on fairness, Wow, I was blown away by the impact of fairness in organizations. What a gold mine!¬† In this episode, I will share these findings, form the basis of fairness, biology, and norms. To the impact of fairness on organizations, and some concrete ways to apply these learnings. Enjoy! Victoria Each episode¬īs content, ¬†stand on the shoulders of giants - on what others already figured out - scientists and researchers who spent their whole life dedicated to answering specific questions. Huge credit to all those people and their excellent work! A full list of sources can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Disclaimer: Keep in mind I am not a scientist in the areas I cover, for example, psychology, neuroscience, economy, biology, etc. I come from the other direction - ¬†¬†practical experience working and creating things with other people in organizations. Education-wise have a degree in computer science, coupled with university studies in the history of ¬†ideas/history
38:53
April 21, 2021
E2: Group Flow
In this episode, we will talk about the concept and science of Group Flow. Flow is considered one of the optimal states of human consciousness and claims to produce high creativity, optimal performance, deep engagement, and happiness. This also happens to be true for group flow. Studies show that groups that find flow have more effective team performance, greater innovation, and higher workplace satisfaction and engagement. Seems like a win-win, for an organization and its members. (0:51) Skip intro A full list of sources used and episode key takeaways can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Enjoy!
36:23
April 14, 2021
E1: Science of Flow
This episode is about the concept and science of Individual Flow. Flow is considered one of the optimal states of human consciousness and claims to produce high creativity, optimal performance, deep engagement, and happiness. The science of flow has shown that flow is trainable, hackable, and can show up in any of us. There are triggers that can lead to more flow if certain pre-conditions are met. These triggers and the science of flow are what we will be covering in this episode. A full list of sources used and episode key takeaways can be found at https://www.victoriavallstrom.com/ Enjoy!
30:07
April 07, 2021
Trailer ¬īBit Curious
Welcome to Bitcurious - A narrative non-fiction podcast about us, humans, working and creating things together. My hypothesis is that understanding basic concepts of us humans can improve how we work and create things together. Explore the fundamentals forgotten or hidden in systems or buzz words. This curiosity launches me onto a quest to understand concepts underlying assertions and science. I find, read, and digest the science on the topic to help me make better sense of the world. I share these findings hoping those answers can also help you. If you are like me, a curious bit, come along on this quest for answers! You can find more information on victoriavallstrom.com
02:23
April 01, 2021