Why Use the Energy Bar?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

[To gain a quick understanding of The Energy Bar, please watch this 3-minute animated video. The Energy Bar} I’m a big fan of theories and approaches on influence and change (in fact, I even developed a couple of my own), … Read More..

More on The Energy Bar

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

I have gotten more responses (and all of them quite positive) on The Energy Bar than any other newsletter/blog/social media post in my career. I am delighted. I did get a suggestion to improve the sound quality and add music. … Read More..

What Can Free Jazz Teach Us About Working on Teams?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

My friend, Karl Berger, was artist in residence at The Stone last week. The Stone is a New York club dedicated to the experimental and avant garde. I got to perform in his improvisational orchestra on the final night, and … Read More..

Rick in Denmark, UK, and Northern Ireland

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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..

An Open Letter to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors

Friday, April 4th, 2014

An Open Letter to Mary Barra, CEO General Motors Your opening statement at the House subcommittee hearing on April 1, was clear and, to my ears, heartfelt and powerful. But, sadly, making good on those promises will be difficult. Since … Read More..

Multi-tasking and the Failure of Big Changes

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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..