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Social Media Roundup: Why You Should Shave Your Head

The business advantages of baldness (really). Also: Conflict isn't always a bad thing.

So … regarding that image above, here’s my own experience with baldness:

A few years back, I took part in this event called St. Baldrick’s, where I shaved my head and raised money for cancer research all in one fell swoop. I did it on a lark, but have to admit that people seemed to take me more seriously with a bald head. But times change, and I grew all my hair back.

If I had known about this new study on baldness in a business context, I might’ve kept things short. That and more in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Bald is Bold, Apparently

A new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (and pointed out by the Wall Street Journal) suggests that baldness isn’t just a hereditary weakness but a business advantage — making men look more dominant. “I’m not saying that shaving your head makes you successful, but it starts the conversation that you’ve done something active,” claims tech guru Seth Godin, who, yes, is bald. (ht @pimplomat)

The Value of Conflict

Speaking of baldness, very smart bald guy Joe Gerstandt has some great thoughts on conflict, which he says can be a valuable thing in the right situation. “To benefit from constructive conflict, we have to both acknowledge our differences and disagreements,” he explains. “And also keep some focus on our commonality and agreements. It is the container of our commonality that allows us to really explore and exploit our differences.” How does conflict work in your office? (ht @affiniscape)

What cool stuff have you seen online today? Shoot us a tweet!

(TMG archive photo)

Ernie Smith

By Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. MORE

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