Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: An interview by Bob Morris

Teresa Amabile is the Edsel Bryant Ford Professor of Business Administration and a Director of Research at Harvard Business School and co-author of The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work. Originally educated as a chemist, Teresa received her doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She studies how everyday… Read More Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer: An interview by Bob Morris

The Perpetual Recession: Productivity Up, Jobs Not Up – Where Will The Jobs Be?

Let’s get more innovative.  Let’s get more productive.  Productivity – up, up, up!  Let’s find a way for each worker to produce more.  Let’s find a way for our company to produce more in fewer total work hours.  This is good for the company, this is good for our stockholders.  This is good, this is… Read More The Perpetual Recession: Productivity Up, Jobs Not Up – Where Will The Jobs Be?

Jobs Are Lost To Greater Productivity (And Plenty of the Credit Goes to Wal-Mart)

The law of unintended consequences is an adage or idiomatic warning that an intervention in a complex system always creates unanticipated and often undesirable outcomes. From Wikipedia ——- Recently, I linked to an article about the best magazine articles ever.  (My post here; the main article with the complete list from CoolTools, here).  Many (ok,… Read More Jobs Are Lost To Greater Productivity (And Plenty of the Credit Goes to Wal-Mart)

The Netflix Prize is Brilliant –- but Is it fair?

The tech observers will be weighing in on the Netflix wikinomics prize given to the best idea to improve their “recommendaiton software.”  (See my earlier post, “Everybody” Knows More than “Anybody” — Netflix Awards a Prize in the Era of Wikinomics).  Slate’s technology writer, Farhad Manjoo, thinks the whole concept was brilliant.  He wrote, in  The… Read More The Netflix Prize is Brilliant –- but Is it fair?

In an age of stress, you can incorporate “energy builders” into your life

It’s Monday morning.  Time for a Monday morning quote: First thing Monday morning, do you wake up envisioning – “Another week of stress and strain at work” – or “Another chance to do more of the things I love”? This is one of the many fine quotes from the book by Robert Cooper, The Other 90%:  How… Read More In an age of stress, you can incorporate “energy builders” into your life