Managers have long assumed employees will work harder for fiscal rewards. In Drive, Daniel Pink argues that people will do more if they are given the opportunity to work on their own time, to be creative, and to do good.
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This Week in Startups little different format from most episodes. Maybe my personal favorite. Mark Goulston author of Just Listen
Here’s a confession. I want to be able to think like Merlin Mann.
He’s really smart on the topic of productivity, and in fact some part of his success comes from 43Folders.com which is a reference to David Allen’s Getting Things Done system. But his work is not just about productivity. It’s about creativity and purpose and striving to stay human and sane in a busy and distracting world and doing work that matters, doing Great Work. And he does all of this in funny, provocative, iconoclastic way.
In fact, writing this introduction and listening to the interview again has already provoked me to shift some of my own commitments in an effort to, as he puts it, “identify and destroy small return bullshit. Shut off anything that’s noisier than it is useful.” Great stuff indeed, and this is a wise and funny interview.
In our conversation we talk about:
* How the present is a “remedial course for the future” – and the pros and cons of those ‘creation myth’ stories of where people find clues for their Great Work * The importance of an open heart and just where that might lead you * The connection between productivity and creativity * The two levels of prioritization (and how freeing it is to know that) * And quite a bit more
You can follow Merlin on Twitter at http://twitter.com/hotdogsladies
The interviews are all between 25 and 30 minutes long. You can either download them here as mp3s, or go to iTunes, type in “Great Work Interviews” and you’ll see them all there.
22 July 2009 Financial Times Digital Business podcast
The economic downturn has been very good for one sector - cybercrime. Stephen Pritchard reports. Plus - how far has homeworking progressed?
FT Digital Business looks at the use and management of technology in business, the issues surrounding investment in technology, and thought leadership in areas vital to business decision-makers.
With employees paid to stay at home, the relationships between work and leisure, and money and no money are breaking down.
22 June 2009 Financial Times, Listen to Lucy podcast
Lucy Kellaway, the FT’s management columnist, pokes fun at management fads and jargon, and celebrates the ups and downs of office life.
Alain de Botton; renowned essayist, philosopher and founder of ‘The School of Life’ will be examining the nature and function of work in this thought-provoking lecture.
Most of our waking hours are spent at work, and yet we rarely challenge the basic assumptions that lie behind this time-consuming, life-altering activity.
Improvements in transportation and communication technologies have led some to predict the death of distance, and with that, the death of the city. In this lecture Professor Ed Glaeser will argue that these improvements have actually been good for idea-producing cities at the same time as they have been devastating for goods-producing places. What, then, does the future hold for our cities?
Speaker: Professor Edward Glaeser, Professor of Economics at Harvard, and Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston; Chair: Howard Davies
(Nov 13, 2008 at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))