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Archive: June, 2010

Soccer fans: Younger, richer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010, 9:04 AM
Were you checking Tuesday's Japan-Paraguay World Cup shoot out on your mobile phone when you should have been paying attention at work? Bad, bad, bad. (Of course, the World Cup is only once every four years.) ESPN wants to know exactly how you are consuming its sports offering and has launched a huge... Read more

More in the check

Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 3:35 AM
Just finished reading Daniel Pink's latest book, "Drive," about motivation. He argues that the standard carrot and stick motivators, including pay, are not the most effective ways to motivate workers. That is, of course, as he says, assuming that compensation is internally and externally... Read more

Robert Redford wardrobe angst

Monday, June 28, 2010, 10:52 AM
Most of the time I try to be a VERY SERIOUS JOURNALIST, blah, blah, blah, but then I catch myself spending an hour figuring out what to wear to interview Robert Redford. It made me wonder if the business women (and men) in Thursday's audience for the Robert Redford-led seminar "Cultivating a... Read more

Robert Redford isn't toast

Friday, June 25, 2010, 5:00 AM
Actor, director and businessman Robert Redford began his Thursday talk at the Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia's seminar on workplace creativity recalling an incident from third grade. It was pivotal in his life, and to my way of thinking, illustrative of how one person, either a teacher... Read more

Sunglasses on the roof

Friday, June 18, 2010, 11:31 AM
On the same day that Vice President Biden delivered his report on the results of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to President Obama in Washington, Martha N. Johnson, administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, visited Philadelphia to tout the benefits of the 2009 stimulus... Read more

Stimulus trifecta

Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 12:31 PM
So what's the point of this stimulus-funded job subsidy program? (WorkPays in New Jersey and Way to Work in Pennsylvania.) Obviously, for people who are out of work, or on welfare, the point is a decent-paying job. Naturally, a worker with money can spend it on food, clothes and other wants and needs... Read more

Unclogging the doctor pipeline

Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 10:42 AM
By the year 2025, the United States will be short 124,000 to 159,000 physicians, the American Medical Association predicts. Some shortages have already begun in 22 states and 15 specialties, including primary care and general surgery. The problem isn't that young people are avoiding the field. Indeed... Read more

Employees or students

Monday, June 14, 2010, 12:28 PM
Are graduate assistants who teach college classes employees or students? How about residents who are completing their medical training at hospitals? It's a key issue, because employees are allowed to form unions, but students aren't. Last week, votes from a long delayed union election by residents... Read more

A different look at motivation

Thursday, June 10, 2010, 11:17 AM
One more book report: Yesterday I picked up Daniel Pink's newest book "Drive," a treatise on motivation. His point is interesting: A reward system based on carrots and sticks, i.e. rewards and punishments, will ultimately detract from producing good results. Pink backs up his assertions... Read more

A Stroke of Insight

Wednesday, June 9, 2010, 3:45 AM
Most of us who work in jobs as researchers always take an outsider's perspective. In fact, if there is any down side to being a reporter (and in my opinion, there are very few downsides to this fabulous job), it is the constant requirement to stand back from what we cover. That's how it is for all... Read more
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