Drops from the Fire Hose – September 29, 2012

How To Feel More Time-Rich — MIT Sloan Management Review

The conclusion? As the Globe, puts it, “The term ‘time affluence’ only entered the lexicon in the last several years, and it remains, for the moment, a relatively young field of study. Still, researchers believe the new time affluence studies carry powerful lessons for those starved for time. The solution may be as simple as tweaking our busy lives to allow space for big emotions, like awe, or little tasks, like helping a neighbor.”

How are free agents doing these days? — Daniel Pink

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I wrote a book about the rise of peopleworking for themselves.

A lot has happened since then — a historic recession, the emergence of widespread broadband, the explosive growth of smart phones, the further erosion of job security, lower barriers to entry for small entrepreneurs, and so on — that has reinforced the underlying trends.

Mastering The Art Of Bosslessness — Fast Company

Conventional wisdom says that when it comes to managing a company, we need organizations to be highly ordered, with a strong and well-defined structure, plus rules and regulations, led by a strong boss.

But what if that’s wrong? What if a bosslessness and self-organization give rise to an effective order far more potent than what any one individual might impose?

Is it a Privilege to Talk About Purpose? — Echoing Green

In his infamous hierarchy of needs, Maslow argues that safety (eg: steady employment, health, and property) must be secured before one can spend any serious time thinking about self-actualization. Yet modern researchers suggest that having a sense of purpose is crucial to healthy development. What do you think? Is purpose only for the privileged?


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