We’re Paying CEOs All Wrong Fred Whittlesey, a compensation consultant for more than three decades, would like his colleagues to take more seriously the weird ways our brains work. In a 2009 paper, he argued that when corporate boards decide … Continue reading How to motivate the executive brain
Signs of pure altruism converge in the brain and increase with age Combining insights from psychology, behavioral economics and neuroscience, University of Oregon researchers have found converging signs of pure altruism and behavior that increase with age in the brain. … Continue reading Does altruism depend on age?
Even Tiny Rewards Can Motivate People to Go the Extra Mile Business school faculty often bemoan how their students place too much importance on economics and finance courses and not enough on more humanistic ones, such as human-resource management. Condescension … Continue reading The large effect of small rewards
Human nature: Behavioral economists create model of our desire to make sense of it all Researchers have identified a powerful human motive that has not been adequately appreciated by social and behavioral scientists: the drive to make sense of our … Continue reading The drive for sense-making
Is grit the true secret of success? When Angela Duckworth was growing up, her dad often applied the word genius to his daughter. He did it at random moments, over dinner, watching TV or reading the newspaper, and the sentence … Continue reading The psychology of success
Paying Employees to Lose Weight If your employer offered you $550 to lose weight, an amount that would be deducted from your health insurance premiums next year, would that provide the motivation to help you finally shed those pounds? Roughly … Continue reading How to improve health at work
What Amazing Bosses Do Differently We all know that job satisfaction often hinges on the quality of the relationships we have with our bosses. Yet in today’s rapidly evolving, 24/7 workplaces, it’s not always clear what managers should do to … Continue reading How to motivate people