The Productivity Blog

The Leading Edge of Outsourcing
As a business practice, outsourcing has taken its lumps in recent years, causing some experts to claim that it’s becoming less attractive to...
Superhuman Resources
The world is on the cusp of the most incredible transformation in human history, argue many of the thinkers interviewed by Joel Garreau in his new...
Off Duty but on the Company Radar
Can an employer tell its workers not to engage in legal behaviors when they’re off duty? Sometimes, yes. In fact, some workers’ rights...
The Changing World of Background Checks
With growing frequency, companies are conducting background checks to safeguard people, property and knowledge. Several factors account for the...
The Enthusiasm Edge
Worker satisfaction has a major impact on the bottom line, suggests research behind the new book The Enthusiastic Employee. Although some managers may...
The Socially Intelligent Leader
By now, it’s a given that business leaders need the ability to think strategically and execute well. Indeed, these abilities show up prominently...
Active Learning for Leaders
While many leaders have cut their teeth on the job and others have participated in formal leadership development programs, the grooming of future...
A Global Look at U.S. Education
These days, when trying to grade the U.S. school system, we need some kind of international report card. After all, U.S. students are going to be...
The Rise of Customer-Led Innovation
Just in case workforce issues hadn’t become quite complex enough, now the lines between your best customers and your best product developers may...
The Promise of Collective Intelligence
Maybe all the emphasis on top talent is misguided. Maybe good decision-making depends less on having a canny, visionary strategist in the CEO slot...