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

More Women Around the Globe Are Networking Over Cocktails

by Charlotte Vangsgaard and Filip Lau

From Shanghai to São Paulo, Moscow to Lagos, the changing role of women in the emerging markets is causing major shifts in alcohol consumption. According to Harvard Business Review, income growth of women in developing countries reached 8.1% last year. The Grant Thornton International Business ... Read & React

Hillary Clinton's Lessons in Executive Diplomacy

A host of memoirs by former Obama administration Cabinet chiefs have been arriving in bookstores, offering valuable management lessons for political appointees and career civil servants. This is the third in a series on the experiences of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (Stress Test), Defense ... Read & React

Assessing Trust in Cross-Agency Networks

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

“Trust but verify” was President Reagan’s mantra during the Cold War. Today, trust is a key element to creating effective cross-agency networks to get things done. But what, exactly, is trust, and how do you know what to look for? Addressing public management challenges increasingly requires ... Read & React

How to Write a Cover Letter, According to Leonardo da Vinci

by Michael Silverberg

Selling yourself often feels like a grotesque act. So job applicants’ cover letters seem unlikely to contain much great prose. Instead, we tend to fill the page with false notes and empty phrases. (“I believe my skills make me the ideal candidate, and I would appreciate your consideration…”) But it ... Read & React

Where Will the Next U.S. Earthquake Hit?

by Mark Peterson

To help make the best decisions to protect communities from earthquakes, new U.S. Geological Survey maps display how intense ground shaking could be across the nation. The USGS recently updated its U.S. National Seismic Hazard Maps, which reflect the best and most current understanding of where ... Read & React