company culture


Are “extra milers” a good thing?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal, The Downside of Carrying the Most Weight, describes the conflict between organizations that have “extra milers” and the issues that they cause. Extra milers are people who work very long hours and are consistently sought out by others for their expertise. In the narrow sense of defined productivity […]


The good and bad of institutional memory

I recently listened to an excellent interview of the retiring Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust on NPR. Faust is notable because she is the first woman president of Harvard, a designation that she resists. When asked about being the first woman president, her response was something like “I am the president of Harvard and I […]


Is working 9 to 5 really for losers?

I recently read an interesting article in the New York Times entitled In Silicon Valley, 9-5 Is for Losers. The gist of the article is that the high-tech culture in Silicon Valley values extreme work hours in order to potentially make a lot of money over all other values. As the article points out, even […]


Does sitting next to a “star” improve your performance?

Recently, I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Use Your Seat to Get Ahead.” The subtitle of the article, “Sitting next to a star at work improves your performance,” particularly piqued my interest since we do a lot of work with star performers at Cerebyte. The gist of the article is […]


Does having a “sense of purpose” help you sleep?

As anyone who read this blog knows, I am an advocate of developing a compelling social purpose and aligning everything in your work and life with achieving that purpose. Recently, I wrote a blog about how purpose-driven approaches to learning in general and the Cerebyte methodology contribute to brain health. Now there’s another study that […]


Let’s “involuntarily re-accommodate” these executives at United Airlines and Wells Fargo

This morning there were two telling articles on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. One article was about the now infamous “involuntary re-accommodation” by United Airlines. The other article was a report about Wells Fargo’s sales fraud. And, not too long ago there was a series of articles about Volkswagen executives’ role in […]


The happiest companies to work for

With the help of CareerBliss, a jobs website that offers reviews and ratings of companies to help prospective employees identify the “highest bliss rated companies,” Forbes did an article on the happiest places for young employees to work. You might be surprised to see which companies head the list. Bank of America? American Express? Yep, […]