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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward. This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

Motivation Motivation to Learn: An Overview Citation: Huitt, W. (2011). Motivation to learn: An overview. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved from This simple negotiation tactic brought 195 countries to consensus Economist Robert Gordon has spent his career studying what makes the US labor force one of the world’s most productive. And he has some bad news. American workers still produce some of most economic activity per hour of any economy in the world. But the near-miraculous productivity growth that essentially transformed the US into one of the world’s most affluent societies is permanently in the country’s rearview mirror. In his magisterial new book, The Rise and Fall of American Growth, the Northwestern University professor lays out the case that the productivity miracle underlying the American way of life was largely a one-time deal.

Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future - Kim Preshoff If your selected country was not represented by a population pyramid in the lesson, you may wonder what it looks like. The U.S. Census Bureau has an International Data Base that can help you create one. How to Get Motivated When You’re Not In The Mood Source: PicJumbo We all know that in order to develop good habits, we need motivation to start. This is why, in the beginning, we “chunk” habits down so they’re super simple to do (think Mini Habits). Simple: The less activation energy a habit needs, the easier it is to do. And, most importantly, the less it relies on motivation. But what about goals with deadlines?

Product manager meetup in San Francisco Google Ventures and Greylock Partners invited more than 250 product managers to the top floor of Google’s San Francisco office to meet and learn from one another. We also held a conversation with a panel of founders, CEOs, VCs, and execs who started their careers in product management: Josh Elman (General Partner, Greylock), Adam Nash (COO, Wealthfront), Johanna Wright (VP Product Management, Google) and Craig Walker (CEO & Founder, Firespotter Labs). School Library Research (SLR) School Library Research (ISSN: 2165-1019) is the scholarly refereed research journal of the American Association of School Librarians. It is the successor to School Library Media Research (ISSN: 1523-4320) and School Library Media Quarterly Online. The purpose of School Library Research is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation, and evaluation of school library programs. The journal will also emphasize research on instructional theory, teaching methods, and critical issues relevant to school libraries and school librarians. SLR seeks to distribute major research findings worldwide through both electronic publication and linkages to substantive documents on the Internet. The primary audience for SLR includes academic scholars, school librarians, instructional specialists and other educators who strive to provide a constructive learning environment for all students and teachers.

The Why, What, and How of Management Innovation Click here for printable worksheets to test your management innovation. Are you a management innovator? Have you discovered entirely new ways to organize, lead, coordinate, or motivate? 7 talks on how we make choices Now playing Over the years, research has shown a counterintuitive fact about human nature: That sometimes, having too much choice makes us less happy. This may even be true when it comes to medical treatment. How To Be Motivated: 4 New Insights From Research Sometimes there is not enough coffee in universe to get you going. How to be motivated is something we all struggle with at some time or another. Or, um, daily. Motivation is such a mystery. It’s a feeling and we understand it so poorly it feels impossible to do anything about it. Is there anyone who can unravel the science of how motivation works and tell us what to do?

The 5 Books that made me a better Product Manager by @__tosh In this post I’d like to highlight the 5 books that deeply influenced the way I think about Product Management. They were written by people who truly understand and love their craft and cover diverse topics like economic decision making, positioning, marketing, usability design & programming. Here we go … The Principles of Product Development Flow Situated Learning Lave argues that learning as it normally occurs is a function of the activity, context and culture in which it occurs (i.e., it is situated). This contrasts with most classroom learning activities which involve knowledge which is abstract and out of context. Social interaction is a critical component of situated learning -- learners become involved in a "community of practice" which embodies certain beliefs and behaviors to be acquired.

Competitive Advantage Through HR Innovation Despite great recognition for human resources (HR) as a source of value addition within firms, HR innovation remains poorly understood. Below, Upamali Amarakoon, Jay Weerawardena and Martie-Louise Verreynne explore how firms can gain competitive advantage through HR innovation. Innovation has long been recognised as a source of competitive advantage1.

Graduation…now what? Now playing Clinical psychologist Meg Jay has a bold message for twentysomethings: Contrary to popular belief, your 20s are not a throwaway decade. In this provocative talk, Jay says that just because marriage, work and kids are happening later in life, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning now. She gives 3 pieces of advice for how twentysomethings can re-claim adulthood in the defining decade of their lives. “In your 20s, you may not get married or figure out exactly what career you want to pursue.