The Productivity Blog

The China Effect
Forget the future tense. It’s not that China is going to change the world of work as we know it. China is already changing it, a trend that will...
The Newer, Younger Leaders
Today’s top leaders tend to come further faster than their counterparts did two decades before. But are some of them coming up too fast,...
The <i>Other</i> Expanding Universe
Like the actual universe, the universe of human information seems to be expanding at a growing rate, with new galaxies of knowledge continuously...
The CSR Debates
The Economist recently reported that the corporate social responsibility (CSR) movement has already “won the battle of ideas.” But then...
Today’s Hard-Working Family-Firsters
Some of the conventional wisdom about the younger generations in the U.S. turns out to be true, but some turns out to be utter nonsense, suggests a...
The Heart of Leadership
In the corporate world, leadership qualities have often been defined with such hard-edged terms as sharp, decisive and goal-oriented. But lately,...
Work-Transforming Technologies
For all our high-tech advances, nobody has yet produced a crystal ball that lets us accurately foresee just how new technologies will affect the world...
The Happiness Factor
Does the happiness of workers represent a strategic advantage for employers? That’s one of the critical questions being raised in new fields of...
Worker Writing in a Post-Literate Age
More employees are required to write well these days, thanks to the advent of the information economy. The paradox is that employers are demanding...
The Future of Brain Boosting
You supervise an employee who has always been a fairly average performer, someone who gets the work done but never with great speed or acuity. Lately,...