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The Kindness Hack

Researchers at Wharton, Yale and Harvard have figured out how to make employees feel less pressed for time: force them to help others. According to a recent study, giving workers menial tasks or, surprisingly, longer breaks actually leads them to believe that they have less time, while having them write to a sick child, for […]

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Do incentives work? Autonomy, mastery, and the purpose (not profit) motive

Do incentives work? Well the answer is yes and no. They work for rudimentary mechanical tasks, but when you up the cognitive anti, incentives fail to motivate. Not only that, they can negatively impact performance. Pay people enough so they are not thinking about money and can instead be free to concentrate on their performance. […]

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AsOne – Archetypes. Which one are you? Which one do you work for?

via asone.org I’ve just stumbled upon this framework for management from a summer reading list on SMH. This page has a cute little tool for you to identify what type of team you are in. Nice teaser on the book, now on the reading list.

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The Seven Habits of Spectacularly Unsuccessful Executives – Forbes

Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, published “Why Smart Executives Fail” 8 years ago. In it, he shared some of his research on what over 50 former high-flying companies – like Enron, Tyco, WorldCom, Rubbermaid, and Schwinn – did to become complete failures.  It […]

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Good Boss, Bad Boss – a video overview by management theorist Bob Sutton

via parc.com Bob Sutton’s Good Boss Bad Boss is a must read for any manager. If you don’t have time to read the book, at least watch this video. Other great audio or video sources of Sutton speaking on this book are http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/backgroundbriefing/the-business-of-being-a-boss/2962696