Being Powerful Distorts People's Perception of Time

by Joe Pinsker

Maria Konnikova, writing in the New York Times, made the point recently that there’s much more to poverty than just a shortage of money. Being poor, she said, brings with it other abstract deficits, most notably a lack of time. She quoted Sendhil Mullainathan, an economist and the author the ... Read & React

NIH’s Formula for Innovation: People + Ideas + Time

NIH scientists work on mapping the brain in 2008.
by Sally Rockey and Dr. Francis Collins

In these times of tight budgets and rapidly evolving science, we must consider new ways to invest biomedical research dollars to achieve maximum impact—to turn scientific discoveries into better health as swiftly as possible. We do this by thinking strategically about the areas of research that we ... Read & React

Clandestine to Clever: Tweets Reveal Government's Human Side

by Lindsey Backhaus

On June 6, the Twitter world was rocked by the entrance of a new player: the CIA. Its first tweet went viral, cropping up more than 300,000 retweets and garnering the agency more than 200,000 followers on the first day. I think we can all agree, at least from the government perspective, that the ... Read & React

Morning People Are More Likely to Lie to Their Bosses in the Afternoon

by Joe Pinsker

There are morning people and there are evening people; there is ethical behavior and there is unethical behavior. That much we know, and previous attempts to suss out how those categories overlap with each other pointed researchers toward what’s called the “morning morality effect.” The effect, ... Read & React

5 Reasons Your Team Thinks You’re a Bad Boss

by Karin Hurt

No matter how great you are as a boss, the odds are against you that your team holds the same opinion. According to recent studies, 31 percent of employees say they don’t like their boss, 65 percent of executives would rather have a new boss than a raise, and the majority of people would trust a ... Read & React

The Power of Two

Paul McCartney, left, and John Lennon perform in London, on Nov. 11, 1963.
by Joshua Wolf Shenk

In the fall of 1966, during a stretch of nine weeks away from the Beatles, John Lennon wrote a song. He was in rural Spain at the time, on the set of a movie called How I Won the War, but the lyrics cast back to an icon of his boyhood in Liverpool: the Strawberry Field children’s home, whose ... Read & React

Depression and Stress Are Killing Productivity

by Graeme Cowan

In a hypercompetitive global economy, organizations must be “on” 24/7. Yet this scramble for perpetual performance is taking a harsh toll on employees. They relentlessly push to get ahead and stay ahead—working longer days, emailing after hours, taking fewer vacations—often with little ... Read & React

Should Teammates Get Equal Pay?

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Kazuhiro Sasaki celebrates with right fielder Jay Buhner after defeating the New York Yankees.
by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

In 1998, the Seattle Mariners won 76 games and traded away their star hitter, Ken Griffey Jr. In 1999, they won 79 games and traded away their star pitcher, Randy Johnson. In 2000, they won 91 games and watched their remaining star, Alex Rodriguez, leave. Having lost their three best players, the ... Read & React

Maybe Less Productive Employees Just Need a Little Siesta Time

In an effort to boost productivity during the summer months, the city of Seoul is encouraging government workers (paywall) to take a siesta of up to an hour. This might be a good model for the country, which appears to be the most sleep-deprived of the world’s developed economies. The most ... Read & React

Don’t Burn Your Calendar at Both Ends

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

Perhaps you think I meant to use the word candle rather than calendar in the title of this post. Nope, calendar was what I meant but the idea came from a brain blip I had recently. I was conducting interviews with about a dozen colleagues and friends of a new executive coaching client. One of my ... Read & React