Why a cooperative work culture can be bad for star performers Wouldn’t it be nice to work in an environment focused on cooperation and solidarity, one that put the needs of the many above those of the few? Sounds great … Continue reading Collaborative discussion vs. spirited debate
The Management Myth During the seven years that I worked as a management consultant, I spent a lot of time trying to look older than I was. I became pretty good at furrowing my brow and putting on somber expressions. … Continue reading The dual brain of Taylorism
Peer Pressure Is a Better Motivator Than Cash When you’re a kid, peer pressure is typically framed as something to resist: It’s the villain in those movies you were forced to watch in a health class about the dangers of … Continue reading Incentives for hand-washing
The Problem with Saying “My Door Is Always Open” If you are in an influential position, you have probably said words to the effect of “My door is always open.” You likely meant this declaration very genuinely. You might well … Continue reading Leadership and labels
A Behavioral Economist Tries to Fix Email Can anything be done to make people happier with their jobs? What can prevent people from overeating? Will people like beer with balsamic vinegar in it just because they’ve been told it contains … Continue reading Are all emails created equal?
How to Hire the Right Person Over the course of speaking with almost 500 leaders for my weekly “Corner Office” series, I’ve asked every one of them, “How do you hire?” Their answers are always insightful because after years of … Continue reading Tips for job interviews
Women Do Like to Compete — Against Themselves About 10 years ago, when we were both Ph.D. students at Harvard, we were invited to participate in an unofficial and largely secret wrestling tournament organized by a fellow student. The idea … Continue reading Fostering self-competition