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What Economists Know That Managers Don’t (and Vice Versa)

Why did Jean Tirole win the Nobel Prize in Economics? Not for the highly-regarded work on competition between small numbers of firms with which his career began more than thirty years ago but for more recent work on how carefully structured regulation can improve performance relative to unbridled …

You Definitely Need This Condo Pony, And Other Products From 'SkyMaul'

If you're midflight and the movie is terrible and the airline magazine crossword puzzle has already been done by someone else, the SkyMallcatalog is the time-killer of last resort for the bored, boxed-in passenger.<p>SkyMall sells items that, under normal circumstances, you might never consider — like …

You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

All around the country, gasoline prices have been falling for weeks, down to an average of about $3 a gallon. Those lower prices are helping restrain inflation across the board.<p>On Wednesday, the Labor Department said its consumer price index barely inched up 0.1 percent last month. Over the past 12 …

How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

High-end organic fare, or McD's? <i>(Click "settings" to enable English subtitles.)</i><p>We all know that how a food is packaged and marketed can influence our choices, no matter how hard we try to shake the effect. Haven't you ever found yourself contemplating a row of wines, trying to decide which bottle …

Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Performance review season is nearing, and if that makes you break out into a cold sweat, you're not alone. Studies show between 60 percent and 90 percent of employees, including managers, dislike the performance evaluation.<p>Some companies are starting to look at alternatives, but the performance …

Is The 'Skills Gap' Really A Thing?

Employers complain about not having enough skilled workers to fill positions. The "skills gap" has become a buzzword in business and policymaking worlds. Is it a myth, reality or somewhere in between?<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>One of the buzz phrases we hear in business and politics is the …

Why Leaders Don’t Brag About Successfully Managing Stress

Imagine what it’s like to be General Motors CEO Mary Barra. In her brief tenure, GM will have recalled almost 28 million automobiles worldwide. Her firm is besieged by allegations of having a culture of carelessness and a dysfunctional bureaucracy.<p>Surely these problems crowd her thoughts. Her body …

What You Eat Affects Your Productivity

Think back to your most productive workday in the past week. Now ask yourself: On that afternoon, what did you have for lunch?<p>When we think about the factors that contribute to workplace performance, we rarely give much consideration to food. For those of us battling to stay on top of emails, …

Watch: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators

Have you mastered the five skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers?<p>In <i>The Innovator’s DNA</i>, co-authors <b>Jeffrey Dyer</b>, <b>Hal Gregersen</b>, and <b>Clayton Christensen</b> (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution) built on what is known about disruptive …

Stop People from Wasting Your Time

We’re all too busy, spending our days in back-to-back meetings and our nights feverishly responding to emails. (Adam Grant, a famously responsive Wharton professor, told me that on an “average day” he’ll spend 3-4 hours answering messages.) That’s why people who waste our time have become the …

Ignore Emotional Intelligence at Your Own Risk

Call it Grant vs. Goleman. Two academic heavyweights face off on a topic that every student of leadership and HR cares — or at least hears — a lot about: emotional intelligence. Wharton professor Adam Grant kicks it off with a LinkedIn blog post, “Emotional Intelligence Is Overrated,” arguing that …

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Design a Workspace that Gives Extroverts Privacy, Too

Some of the most unlikely people have confessed to being introverts lately. One recent acquaintance–while chatting amiably during a pre-event networking session– leaned over to quietly tell me that she is actually an introvert. She felt she had to learn more extroverted behaviors to succeed in her …

How to Integrate Work and Life

<b>Stewart D. Friedman</b>, author of <i>Leading the Life You Want</i>, explains how to better integrate life's four domains: work, home, community, and the private self.

Online shopping yields different prices, results, says Northeastern study

You know that friend who always scores hotel deals you never seem able to find? The reason might not be her skill at ferreting out online …

Before You Respond to that Email, Pause

Someone sends you an email message or a text, and you’re unsure how to respond. It’s about a complex negotiation, or a politically sensitive situation. Or maybe it’s just from a person who unnerves you.<p>For a moment, you pause. But for most of us, most of the time, that pause doesn’t last long. …

Marc Andreessen on Why Optimism Is Always the Safest Bet

In Conversation Marc Andreessen<p>The Netscape creator turned Silicon Valley sage on why optimism is always the safest bet.<p>Photograph by Christopher …

What's Your Ideal Workspace?

Help Your Team Spend Time on the Right Things

What is the most common resource that’s always in short supply? The answer, of course, is time. This applies not only to your time, but to your team’s. It’s the one organizational resource that is neither expandable nor renewable. Therefore, making sure that time is spent in ways that will have the …

Cooks Make Tastier Food When They Can See Their Customers

Ida Mae Astute/Getty Images<p><b>The research:</b> Ryan W. Buell, an assistant professor at Harvard Business School; Tami Kim, a doctoral student at HBS; and Chia-Jung Tsay, an assistant professor at University College London, set up four scenarios in a real cafeteria for two weeks. In the first, diners and …

How to Keep Learning and Still Have a Life

Malina Omut<p>A colleague of mine recently made this prediction: People who work together will soon start asking one another, “What courses are you taking?” It’ll be the new “What are you reading?”<p>He’s probably right, and that worries me a little—but not because I don’t like learning. I like it so …

The Key to Change Is Middle Management

At the inaugural meeting of a change transformation effort under way at a hospital in San Jose, California, nurse Michelle delaCalle faced a room full of people who were discouraged by the organization’s earlier attempts at change. She stood and shared a story of her own about how making people …

Unlock Employee Innovation That Fits with Your Strategy

In innovation circles, empowerment is now a familiar theme; project teams working highly autonomously have been behind many of the world’s most innovative offerings. But my work with colleagues studying successful firms suggests that maximum innovative output occurs when contributors believe that …

This is why people leave your company

• People who love their job and the company will work all the time anyway. If you’ve hired good fits, you’ll see this happen.<br>• People do better work when they have lives of their own. “That’s not always a popular opinion, but I’ve seen how true it is over and over again,” says Guthrie. “It’s not just …

Stop Being So Positive

We’ve all heard a great deal about the power of positive thinking. Organizations encourage it among their employees in an effort to boost performance and engagement, and it’s a key tenet of “managing yourself” well; affirmative messages about perseverance, resilience, and vision adorn many an …

To Make Your Claim More Believable, Simply Add a Graph

When a claim about a new drug’s effectiveness was presented in text form, <b>67%</b> of research participants said they believed it. But when the text was accompanied by a simple graph making exactly the same claim, <b>97%</b> believed it, say Aner Tal and Brian Wansink of Cornell. Graphs’ persuasiveness has …