Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?

When Lasse Rheingans acquired a small tech consulting firm in Bielefeld, Germany in late 2017, he introduced a radical idea: Reduce the workday to five hours, from the standard eight, while leaving worker salaries and vacation time at the same levels. Rheingans, the firm's managing director, says employees can deliver the same output during a focused … Continue reading Could These Companies Be the Start of the 5-Hour Workday?

Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

According to the latest Pinkcast, there is a lot of evidence to suggest that rhymes are an incredibly persuasive tool. In a study titled, “Birds of a Feather Flock Conjointly: Rhyme as Reason in Aphorisms,” researchers found that participants who were given rhymes found the message more accurate and more insightful. The reason was that … Continue reading Beware of Ads That Rhyme, They’ll Get You Every Time

I’m Dreaming of a $700,007 Aston Martin from Neiman Marcus

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Neiman Marcus has come out with its 2019 Christmas Book, full of outrageously expensive gifts. This is the first year that every gift is under one million dollars. So if you're ever going to buy something from this catalog, this may be the year. Here are my … Continue reading I’m Dreaming of a $700,007 Aston Martin from Neiman Marcus

Coming Soon to a Bathroom Near You – the Forever Roll XXXL?

Let's face it, toilet paper math is hard. How is anyone supposed to make sense of all those numbers that appear on toilet paper packages? But apparently there's something even more troubling than toilet paper math. I guess you would call it toilet paper etiquette. The Wall Street Journal has a cover story (that's right, … Continue reading Coming Soon to a Bathroom Near You – the Forever Roll XXXL?

Liberal Arts vs. STEM: a Modern Twist on the Tortoise and the Hare

The race is not always to the swift. That's the moral of the classic tale of the tortoise and the hare. In the case of liberal arts majors vs STEM majors, the moral of the story is: The race is not always to those who start with the highest salary. A recent New York Times story … Continue reading Liberal Arts vs. STEM: a Modern Twist on the Tortoise and the Hare

Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

For the past several years, I have had my freshmen business students create vision boards, and then in three to four minutes, present his or her vision board to the class. The whole process takes three days of class time, but it is well worth it. All I can say after having watched the presentations … Continue reading Wowed Again. Student Vision Board Project, 2019

The Power of Two, Two-Minute Rules (in Less Than Two Minutes)

Who doesn't want to be more productive or establish some good habits? Thanks to David Allen, best-selling author of Getting Things Done, and Jame Clear, author fo the best-selling Atomic Habits, there are two simple methods that anyone can use to achieve these goals. Each author uses what they refer to as the two-minute rule. … Continue reading The Power of Two, Two-Minute Rules (in Less Than Two Minutes)

Another Meeting Hack from Dan Pink

This is not the first Pinkcast that looks at how to make meetings more effective and efficient. In a previous post, I shared the notions of separation, standing, and shrinking. This is also not the first Pinkcast that involves a squeaking toy as a way to boost productivity. In a previous post, I shared how … Continue reading Another Meeting Hack from Dan Pink

Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

As soon as I saw the headline, the first thing I did was check the date, to make sure it wasn't an old story from April 1. But no, it was from this week. Toymaker Hasbro announced it was rolling out a new version of its classic Monopoly board game, naming this one Ms. Monopoly. In … Continue reading Ms. Monopoly – Seems Destined to be a Ms., Not a Hit

Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…

Rubber Ducky. In a Pinkcast from a couple of years ago, Dan Pink explains the concept of rubber duck debugging. The name is a reference to a story in the book The Pragmatic Programmer in which a programmer would carry around a rubber duck and debug their code by forcing themselves to explain it, line-by-line, to the duck. … Continue reading Something Got You Stumped? This Is a Job for…