What if We’ve Created the Wrong Environments for our Brains?

Jonah Lehrer makes an intriguing argument that in high pressure situations, rather than exerting every last ounce of energy on concentrating, people should take breaks and focus on something else. This is one of several arguments I’ve seen in the last week or so suggesting that some aspect of how we structure our work lives–from creating high stakes incentives to…

Hope: Don’t Leave Home Without It

“The force multiplier throughout history,” write Gallup research veterans Bruce J. Avolio and Fred Luthans, “has often been attributed to the leader’s ability to generate hope.” Leaders are purveyors of hope. With the unease caused by the Great Recession, it is easy to spiral into a negative state of mind and ignore the promising signs that the worst of the…