Love in the Time of Cancer

What does it means to love someone who is dying?

Management As a Series of Experiments

How to run management experiments
Why Weddings Make Us Feel Good

Why Weddings Make Us Feel Good

Notes from the UK wedding where I measure oxytocin.

Mad Men Meets Neuroscience

“The aim of marketing is to make selling superfluous.”
Using the “L Word” at Work

Using the “L Word” at Work

Fear or love? Those are your two leadership choices.

Fit Matters

Three things science shows can improve employee selection.

Testing the Happiness Factor

I put the happiness-productivity idea to the test at several businesses.

How Trust Leads to Innovation

Like many frequent flyers, I have a fascination with airplanes—with their design, their engineering and their history. While reading Joe Sutter‘s wonderful 747: Creating the World’s First Jumbo Jet and Other Adventures from a Life in Aviation, I found an unexpected lesson about managing for innovation.

Can Neuroscience Improve the Selection and Hiring Process?

Can neuroscience improve employee selection? Watch this interview with Dr. Paul Zak

This Is Your Organization on OXYTOCIN, Part II

Creating joy at work using neuroscience
The Top 10 Ways to Boost Good Feelings

The Top 10 Ways to Boost Good Feelings

As the paperback version of The Moral Molecule hits the shelves, this seems an appropriate time to unveil my top 10 list.

This Is Your Organization on OXYTOCIN, Part I

Understanding how the “trust molecule” works in the brain, my team and I have identified policies that managers can use to empower employees to excel.

Firing Well

“There are easy firings and hard firings,” Doug Rauch, the retired president of Trader Joe’s, told me recently.

The Business of Building Great People

“American business is ruining America.” This is what Bob Chapman, the chief executive of Barry-Wehmiller, told me recently when I visited his corporate headquarters in St. Louis.

People or Process?

“Our people make us special.” We’ve all heard this many times, and it’s a sentiment that pushes organizations to concentrate on bringing in the right kind of talent. But is it true? Maybe instead we should focus on creating the right kinds of processes and structures to get the most out of whomever we hire.

Why Every “P” Needs a Few Good “J”s

We all have different cognitive styles, and designing a cognitively diverse team can help facilitate success. Every P needs a few good J’s.

The Purpose of Purpose

Italy in the spring. Yeah, I can do that. I’m in Milan as I write this, flown in to speak at the Positive Business Forum. But as beautiful as the surroundings are, a small part of me can’t help but wonder: Are the Italians so desperate that they want to put “positive” and “business” together in some ploy to stimulate their anemic economy?

Sexy Science

I was recently named to a list of Sexiest Scientists Alive. While this is quite flattering for my parents (since how we look is mostly genetically determined), is this good for science?

Warts and All

The best leaders do not hide flaws.

How “Free” Can Generate Real Value

Why free can be good for business

Why It Pays to Be Nice

Is there a kindness payoff?

Restoring Sustainability’s Good Name

I recently spoke at ING Group’s Sustainability Summit, held at the company’s headquarters in Amsterdam. I’m sure that some of you are now rolling your eyes, given the degree to which “sustainability” has become an overused—and impotent—term in business.

The Whole Person Review

The dreaded annual performance review. Managers avoid them, and employees stress about them. In a world of rapid feedback on projects and celebration of successes, are annual reviews still necessary? Yes, they are. Annual reviews, like New Year’s Eve, present a chance to look backward on successes and failures, but also look forward to new growth.

Mexico Rising

The City of Ideas is seeding innovation in Mexico

Crowdsourcing Mistakes

“Failing fast” is the new catchphrase in the business world. So, why don’t most organizations do this when it comes to managing people?
Harnessing Good Stress

Harnessing Good Stress

Stress is not bad. Let me repeat: Stress is not bad—at least not all of it.

Oxytocin Changes Political Preferences

Oxytocin changes the political preferences of Democrats, but not Republicans.

Living with Your Introvert

Introverts feed on silence like extroverts feed on words.

Hard Compassion

I reflected on why I had had so little compassion for Jim before I knew of his disease, and why it was so easy for me to empathize with him once I did.