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Want to Be More Productive? Sit Next to Someone Who Is

February 27, 2017
To increase worker performance, employers often invest in a number of things, from rewards and incentives to education and training. These traditional approaches develop employees’ skills and enrich their work experience. But we discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity, one that was low-cost and had immediate impact: better office seating arrangements.

Read the full article from The Harvard Business Review.

Tech device blocks wireless distractions for drivers

February 13, 2017
An engineer has invented a device that he believes could eliminate distracted driving. 

He also says at least one U.S. mobile phone provider appears close to rolling out the gadget to its users and that another U.S. provider has shown interest in the technology. 

Read the full story, which appeared in The Toronto Star, on Press Reader.

How to Discover Your Company’s DNA

February 07, 2017
The term “company DNA” is sometimes used as a shorthand for an organization’s culture and strategy — a metaphor for what makes it unique. But there may be more to the metaphor. Understanding your company’s DNA can help you know what you can and can’t do, and how to achieve agility and authenticity in a changing world.

We know from biology that DNA contains the instructions an organism needs to develop, function, and reproduce. It is formed at conception and does not change. However, the same DNA can express itself in different ways based on one’s environment. It’s the reason identical twins have different fingerprints. In this process, called “expression,” the instructions in the DNA are turned into proteins and other cellular products.

Does biology inform business? It’s happened before. The language of ecosystems redefined our understanding of competition by viewing markets has habitats. Our understanding of organisms might lead to similar insights about organizations.

Read the full article from The Harvard Business Review.