Month: September 2009

Sweet Gig

How do you measure the true value of a job?
Conventional wisdom has its answers (salary, glamor, social networking). Here’s a better measure: how much opportunity you get to spend constructing and honing your high-speed circuitry.
This story gives us a beautiful example from the NFL, where a crop of new head coaches (nine at last count) …

Practicing Self-Control

Want to eat that marshmallow right now? You can, but here’s the catch: if you wait a few minutes, you can have two marshmallows.
(Argh!)
Turns out that kids who can wait — who can control their impulses — grow up to get better grades, and score 210 points higher on the S.A.T., on average. The marshmallow …

Portrait of a Genius as a Young Girl

It’s not often that we get to witness the first swings of someone who goes on to be the best tennis player in the world. Today’s our lucky day: here is Dinara Safina, current world number one player, taking her first swings at Spartak. We all know how great she became. The question is, did …

Amsterdam

Just back from a speaking engagement in Amsterdam — what a marvelous city, in every sense of the word. I marveled mostly at the spectacle of thousands of people on bikes whizzing around the streets. And I mean whizzing. Amsterdammers ride really fast, even the oldest men, even the mothers with three kids in the …

What Can Myelin Do For You?

If business is sport (and I think it is), few companies are as good at cultivating talent as quiet, non-flashy United Parcel Service. This article gives a glimpse at the machinery behind UPS’s success.
In a nutshell: a few years ago, the company’s younger drivers were failing, so the company invented a new training program: a kind …

Loop of Redemption

As a longtime scribbler whose handwriting is nearly indecipherable, this story by Slate’s Emily Yoffe hits close to home. In it, Yoffe tries to improve the handwriting skills of herself and her eighth-grade daughter.
In the end, both Yoffe and her daughter are “astonished” at their progress. This raises an interesting point: the reliability of this …