How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Let's face it, most of us use our phone way too much, certainly much more than necessary. But trying to cut back on phone usage is difficult. That's why I was excited to see that creating a better relationship with your phone was the topic of this week's Pinkcast. Dan Pink's guest this week was … Continue reading How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

The Wall Street Journal recently had a story about how more and more companies are using software to monitor its workers' habits. ActivTrak software can track "every little thing that happens on the computer from the time it’s fired up.". If you're on ESPN for five minutes it knows. It knows how much time you … Continue reading Uh-oh. It May be Time for Me to Stop Using the Company Laptop.

According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Old-time readers of my blog should know who Dan Ariely is, given how often I've used his work in my posts. If you're not sure who he is, Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers and he has … Continue reading According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Be More Productive at Work By Spending More Time Pursuing Your Hobby

It's 5:30 on a Thursday evening, and you're still at work. You've been working on a big project for a while, and you've reached an impasse. What's the best way to spend your next hour - grinding away at work, or practicing your latest five-ball juggling routine? According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, … Continue reading Be More Productive at Work By Spending More Time Pursuing Your Hobby

What Are We Going to Do About Fred?

This is the 47th in a collection of newspaper ads written by Harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, that appeared in the Wall Street Journal from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Here is the text from that ad. "He smokes too much. Not only that, I saw him coming out of a bar … Continue reading What Are We Going to Do About Fred?

Money Spent on Super Bowl Ads is Humbling

I had no vested interest in rooting for either the New England Patriots or the Seattle Seahawks; all I wanted was a good game, and I think it was a Super Bowl for the ages. While the ending was high drama, so was the amount that companies spent to advertise during the game. A 30-second … Continue reading Money Spent on Super Bowl Ads is Humbling