Richard McBride

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Need to Change? Keep a Diary

Jean-Claude, the French manager appointed by the Western investor to head the sales team of a joint venture in Romania, was experiencing resistance from the sales managers reporting to him. Results were below target and Jean-Claude put the blame squarely on the sales force.<p>The board asked me to …

Your Car Commute Is a Chance to Practice Mindfulness

For those who drive to work, the daily commute is often a tense time of bumper-to-bumper gridlock, erratic and dangerous driving, delays, road closures, and construction. And best of all, we get to do it twice a day. Concerned about wasting time, we often try to catch up on all the “little” things …

How to Spend the Last 10 Minutes of Your Day

How much sleep did you get last night? If the answer is “not enough” you’re hardly alone. According to Gallup’s estimates, almost half the people you’ll run into today are suffering from some level of sleep deprivation.<p>We often dismiss a little morning fatigue as an inconvenience, but here’s the …

Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions

By now the message from decades of decision-making research and recent popular books such as Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i> should be clear: The irrational manner in which the human brain often works influences people’s decisions in ways that they and others around them fail to …

What Futurists Think Of HP’s Bold And Weird New PC

The creators of three of the freakiest, most futuristic computer interfaces we’ve ever seen weigh in on the HP Sprout.<p>This week, HP announced the Sprout, its bold attempt to reinvent what it means to work on the PC. Forget a mouse and keyboard. You control the Sprout by sliding your hands across an …

Augmented Reality