All hail the mighty sticky note

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We know that more technology isn’t always the answer, so here’s a great example written up in the Harvard Business Review:

Imagine that you really need to convince someone to do something, such as following through on a task. You might be surprised to learn that one of the best ways to get someone to comply with your request is through a tiny nuance that adds a personal touch—attaching a sticky note.

A brilliant set of experiments by Randy Garner at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville found that a) adding a personal touch, and b) making someone feel like you’re asking a favor of them (and not just anyone) can bring about impressive results when done in tandem.

Yes, the sticky note needs to be attached to something, so this approach isn’t going to be useful for many workplace and personal situations.

Yet the research results are truly remarkable.

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