Rick in Denmark, UK, and Northern Ireland

I will be presenting in the UK and Europe this month and next. If you are interested and live in Denmark, Scotland or Northern Ireland, send me an email, and I will send you information on the events. I will … Read More..

Rewards May Actually Hurt Performance

Rewards May Actually Hurt Performance A study by Amy Wrzesniewski  and Barry Schwartz found that when instrumental motivation is combined with internal motivation, it can work against good performance. Someone may go to West Point because she wants to become … Read More..

Multi-tasking and the Failure of Big Changes

According to Inc. magazine multitasking makes you dumber than being stoned. Here is what they say: “Stop multi-tasking. No, seriously—stop. Switching from task to task quickly does not work. In fact, changing tasks more than 10 times in a day … Read More..

Why We Make Bad Decisions

Why We Make Bad Decisions Noreena Hertz wrote an important article on the topic NYT (10/19/13). Some highlights: People don’t challenge experts. She writes: “when confronted with the expert, it was as if the independent decision-making parts of many subjects’ … Read More..

An App That Saved 10,000 Lives

  This seems to be a brilliant idea. Doctors answer questions for free that have saved lives. . . i started thinking about the challenge of leading change in organizations. What if people had access to free expert advice like … Read More..

Everything I Need to Know Fits on an Index Card

  Ezra Klein write a fine column, This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need, for The Washington Post on 9/16/13. He writes, “Think managing your finances has to be complicated? Wonkblog contributor (and UC Chicago … Read More..