What Turns a Perfectionist Into a Lunatic

For sports fans, the spectacle of red-faced, screaming coaches—even more than daffodils and chirping birds—is a harbinger of spring. Occasionally, the rage of some of those men (and they are overwhelmingly men) has overflowed into headline-grabbing incidents and viral YouTube clips: former Dodgers ... Read & React

Why You Need to Learn to Lead Positive

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

If you are a leader struggling with keeping your team and yourself focused on the positive, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact, functional MRI research shows that the neurocircuitry of the human brain is programmed so that two-thirds of initial neural activity is set to scan for what’s wrong ... Read & React

You Can Now Reprogram Your Sleep Patterns With Your iPhone When You Travel

Business travelers, factory workers, and grad students all know how hard it can be to regain your circadian rhythm. But a new app is promising to help us plan for, and even shorten, the time it takes to adjust to new time schedules. Typically, the body can adjust its schedule an hour forward or ... Read & React

Why Data Sharing Is the Future of Government

by Ross Gianfortune Senior Web Producer

Listen to the story: Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy were only seven years apart, but the emergency response made it seem like the storms were centuries apart. The response to Katrina in 2005 was somewhere between a mess and a punch line, while images of the ... Read & React

Adopting Best Practices Can Be a Bad Idea

by Jackson Nickerson Associate Dean, Brookings Executive Education

Q: I have been tasked with developing a national quality assurance review program for auditing services. Can you share with me best practice metrics to evaluate these programs? Currently, regional offices and service centers are using similar metrics but with different processes for evaluating ... Read & React

The Most Valuable Management Degree Doesn’t Exist

by Adam Grant Professor, Wharton Business School

Once upon a time, the field of medicine was riddled with danger. Doctors made up cures based on individual experience, inflicting horrors on patients—lobotomy, anyone? Everything changed with the advent of evidence-based medicine. With randomized, controlled trials and careful longitudinal studies, ... Read & React

Sweden: The New Laboratory for a Six-Hour Work Day

Corn-flake capitalism has come to Sweden. In 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg decided to conduct an experiment. He replaced the three daily eight-hour shifts at his plant in Battle Creek, Michigan with four six-hour shifts. The results? The ... Read & React

Innovation Lessons Down Under

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Innovation has become a big deal in governments around the world. The Australian Public Service, for example, developed a formal action plan for innovation in 2011 and is rolling out a series of initiatives to build innovation into the government’s institutional framework. In a recent article in ... Read & React

8 Ways We Bring Our Co-Workers Down

When someone brings up a topic at work, such as a new task, proposal, or solution, different workers respond according to their predominant attitude. If you work in an office, everyone already knows what to expect from you, for better or for worse. They identify you with specific attitudes.  ... Read & React

The Unexpected Benefit of Telling People What Their Coworkers Make

by Emiliano Huet-Vaughn

Each year, Equal Pay Day comes and goes on April 8 amid rising income inequality, low social mobility, and pay disparities for workers of color and women in our nation. Pay disclosure has often been suggested as a way to combat pay inequity between men and women. If women knew how much their ... Read & React