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What’s New With Humu—September 2018

Written by Meghan Casserly

It’s all happening, and we couldn’t be more excited.

What we’re up to…

After 16 months of product development and quiet deployment with an incredible group of partners, we’re swimming out of stealth-mode later this month. Watch our social channels for the latest breaking news.

Or, if you’re interested in hearing Laszlo speak about his experience going from Google exec to startup CEO (and define Humu’s product for the very first time in front of a live audience!), check him out live at Dreamforce on Thursday September 27th, either in-person in San Francisco (it’s free expo pass day!) or via the livestream of the SMB Keynote at 5pm PT.

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What we’re learning…

Curiosity, far from killing the cat, could be the secret ingredient to long-term success. Researcher Francesca Gino’s latest for the Harvard Business Review explores how—when curiosity is triggered—we think more deeply, make fewer decision-making errors, and come up with more creative solutions to challenges.

As fans of both assessments and action-oriented tips, Gino’s piece doesn’t disappoint the People Science crew at Humu. She offers an introspective questionnaire on the five aspects of curiosity and achievable advice to bolstering curiosity including the behaviors to model, the traits to hire for, and more.

What we’re loving…

Have we mentioned we’re passionate about nudge theory? It’s been ten years since Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein published Nudge, and the editorial staff at Behavioral Scientist are spending the entire month of September on the topic. The series, which kicked off last week, has already explored the pitfalls of building behavioral economics teams within the public and private sectors and the use of nudges in environmental conservation, with pieces still to come on the application of nudges on parenting and work in the developing world.

In building Humu, we’ve spent tens of thousands of people-hours designing a system that uses nudges to activate workplaces… So consider us tuned in.

What we’re reading

From NYU Stern School of Business professor Dolly Chugh, The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, has Humu HQ doing some soul-searching. Dolly’s writing forces self-reflection by challenging readers to accept themselves as imperfect, conflicted, biased, and messy, then drawing a roadmap toward becoming a little more perfect, a lot less conflicted, and meaningfully more active and impactful on the world around us.

As Laszlo points out (yes, he’s written the forward)—this book’s message is clear: All isn’t lost by being imperfect. We can still be good people, indeed we can be better people, as long as we do more. Not everything. Just more.

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