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Being Busy Lowers Your IQ, According to Research
Being Busy Lowers Your IQ, According to Research

Did you know that being busy is making you stupid? Yes, that’s right! It’s reducing your IQ by about 14 points. By most common classifications of IQ, 14 points are sufficient to upgrade someone from “average” to “superior” intelligence; or, downgrade someone from “average” to “borderline deficient” intelligence. Now, I realize that if you, like me, have been brought up to attach your sense of identity,...

Interview: The Bitterness of Doing Nothing
Interview: The Bitterness of Doing Nothing

If there is one advice on productivity and motivation that I would offer anyone, embracing leisure and filling it intelligently would be it. What makes the one who writes this an authority on the subject of indolence you might ask? And, you’d be right to question. I learned that opinions born from a place other than personal experience, are but mere speculations. I am an expert...

How to Turn Your Boss’ Flaws Into Your Own Leadership Superpowers
How to Turn Your Boss’ Flaws Into Your Own Leadership Superpowers

We are detectives of genius when it comes to pointing out the flaws in others. But there’s real wisdom in understanding how people that irritate or upset us, hold a mirror for the qualities within ourselves that it would benefit us to strengthen. Almost certainly, you’ve got a bone to pick with your boss. The reason why your boss gets under your skin is that he...

The Art and Science of Doing Nothing
The Art and Science of Doing Nothing

I had the privilege to be a guest speaker at Rotary International in the South of Holland recently. With an audience made up of big names with impressive, diverse careers - ranging from the modern day Einstein to the modern day Freud, the speech felt more like a presentation to a scientific peer-review panel than a lecture. Speaking on the topic "Recreation and Why it Matters,”...

When employees have an opinion, fire them
When employees have an opinion, fire them

Just as Google engineer James Damore was getting sacked this month for a controversial memo he wrote 3 1/2 years ago, I was finalizing a controversial book I started writing at approximately the same time. Damore’s memo expressed critical views of the company's diversity efforts. In response to social media’s uprising about freedom of speech, echoed by a handful of female engineers, Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO,...

How the Google Memo Shows What is Needed to Break the Dry Spell…
How the Google Memo Shows What is Needed to Break the Dry Spell…

At a company where employees hop-on and off the boat at the rate of tourists on a sightseeing city cruise, why has one ex-Googler caused a public uproar? Is the Google Memo case really just about one company's battle with an unruly former engineer turned bitter? Or is it an omen of a revolution in the making? Both, the Google Memo, Damore’s @Fired4Truth movement, as well...