Great place to work myth: Compensation

Great place to work

There are hundreds of studies about what makes a great place to work, yes? And most bear out this idea that compensation is NOT paramount in that equation — although executives are often confused by this. Continue Reading

The leadership void, explained

Linda Hill and Kent Lineback appear to collaborate often, including on this book about “imperatives for becoming a great leader.” (The No. 1 imperative for that, IMHO, is caring about something more than just targets.) They wrote an article for Harvard Business Review on… Continue Reading


Scientifically, how many times a week “should” couples be having sex?

Let’s start here: “The Three Things You Can’t Talk About” in most first-world, middle-class-ish existences are sex (which creates you), money (which drives a lot of people), and failure (which happens to everyone almost hourly, but no one seems to ever want to really talk about). This… Continue Reading

Here’s why the traditional college model will probably never die

Here’s some research from Stanford University on what exactly first-stage investors (in startups) are looking for when they give money. The essential “elevator pitch” of the story is that an early-stage investor typically has 1,000 meeting requests in a year, has to choose… Continue Reading


Half the time, we pick leaders for the wrong reasons

From research at Stanford University on hierarchy and leader selection: Most surprising, the researchers found, was that 45% of the time, team members picked leaders for reasons other than competence, such as the person’s age, dominance, or perceived power level.… Continue Reading


Start treating your consumers as insiders

I’m not a big enough deal in the marketing world (yet?) to get sent to things like #INBOUND or #CMWorld, although I definitely enjoy tweeting using the hashtag from afar. (I enjoy fun little games.) INBOUND — which is put… Continue Reading


Why do we always end up dancing in a circle at weddings?

To date, probably one of the more emotional moments I’ve had at a wedding — and I’ve been to a lot of weddings, so this probably says something — is when my good friends got married somewhere in western Massachusetts around October… Continue Reading


Here’s a pretty easy way to understand inequality

From here: To Mishel and Steinbaum, technology isn’t causing inequality; it’s political factors like the weaknesses of unions, the way minimum wages haven’t kept track with cost of living increases, and a series of tax cuts benefiting both the rich… Continue Reading