21 02, 2020

Will Improving Productivity Hurt Company Morale?

2020-02-25T23:21:08+00:00By |

The water cooler.  The break room. Those sacred places in the company where employees congregate to catch up on the latest news, share information, and build enough stamina to get through the day. Necessary...or a waste of time? When I consult with companies around the world, we often have to address the culprits of lost productivity. This means we look at time wasted in idle conversations, extraneous breaks, and irrelevant interruptions.  Yet some managers worry: “Will eliminating all this wasted time kill morale? Without the water cooler, what do I really have in company culture?”  This blog will show that [...]

7 11, 2019

The Wrong Knife Can Kill

2019-11-07T16:04:39+00:00By |

The Dangers of Overtraining and Hyper-specialization If you were to travel to Japan, you’d find signs hanging above restaurants advertising a dish unique to the region: fugu. A type of sashimi, this blowfish dish is sought out by locals and tourists alike. It can also kill you. The fugu stores a lethal toxin in its skin and vital organs. Chefs train for years to learn how to cut the meat carefully--one wrong move and diners will descend into paralysis. Their breathing will slow and eventually stop. In 1958, 176 people died from eating fugu in one single year.  So [...]