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It’s obvious, of course, and nothing more than basic behavioral psychology: if you reward a behavior, you will get more of it. Whether in business, sports, entertainment, industry, or education, the assumption is always pretty much the same. It underlies the typical enterprise compensation strategy: foster productivity by rewarding people with bonuses and incentives based on performance, and motivate the pursuit of excellence by offering huge rewards for star performance. Money motivates. Harnessed greed can be useful, but…
A meeting is an unnecessary gathering of the unwilling, led by the unknowing, doing the impossible for the ungrateful. (Slogan from a popular poster during the 1960s.)
It is hard to find a well-adjusted adult who believes that meetings are intrinsically productive or enjoyable. Most describe them as an intermittent and inescapable nuisance to be avoided when possible, rather like root canals or IRS audits. Unfortunately, many institutions and communities remain firmly rooted in the costly and inefficient meetings culture…
It was winter and I was almost halfway through my third year of medical school in Rochester, New York. I was enjoying my pediatric rotation, even though it meant I was up much of every third night, and chronically sleep deprived. Getting to bed by 2 am and having three or more hours of uninterrupted sleep was considered a good night. In addition to pediatrics, I was learning to nap, and trying to learn to function despite exhaustion.
Whenever I’m tempted to let the weather dampen my enthusiasm or inhibit my activities, I remember a nasty mid-November day during our first Fall in Maine.
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