Thursday, February 18, 2010

You Can Dance if You Want to, You Can Leave You're Friends Behind

Is participative management the way of the future? In Jim Whitney's class yesterday we brought up the concept of participative management. Ricardo Semler, Chairman of Semco, a Brazillian based company. Basically, he gives employees the ability to dictate their own lives. This concept is also carrying over into  schools. Check out the interview:

Does Freedom hinder our ability to choose?
Columbia Business School Professor Sheena Iyengar had dedicated her life to studying the science behind choice and a human's ability to make decisions. Here is an excerpt from her book taken from her website found here. Check out the website for more information about her, and other reviews of the book. I also read a pretty interesting article about her research in decision making in latest March 2010 Issue of Body+Soul magazine, pick one up and check it out!

A Mac store customer asks for the latest iPhone in black, but he sees everyone else buying black and suddenly changes his preference to white. When a resident of a former Communist country is offered a fizzy drink from a wide selection, he picks at random; soda is soda, he says. Though the child knows she shouldn't press the big red button (absolutely not!), she finds her hand inching forward. A young man and woman decide to marry-knowing that the first time they meet will be on their wedding day.
How did these people make their choices? How do any of us make ours? We use choice as a powerful tool to define ourselves and mold our lives, but what do we know about the wants, motivations, biases, and influences that aid or hinder our endeavors?
In The Art of Choosing, Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar, a leading expert on choice, sets herself the Herculean task of helping us become more effective choosers. She asks fascinating questions: Is the desire for choice innate or created by culture? Why do we sometimes choose against our best interests? How much control do we really have over what we choose? Ultimately, she offers unexpected and profound answers drawn from her award-winning, discipline-spanning research.
Here, you'll learn about the complex relationship between choice and freedom, and why one doesn't always go with the other. You'll see that too much choice can overwhelm us, leading to unpleasant experiences, from ''TIVO guilt'' over unwatched TV programs to confusion about health insurance plans. Perhaps most important, you'll discover how our choices-both mundane and momentous-are shaped by many different forces, visible and invisible. This remarkable book illuminates the joys and challenges of choosing, showing us how we build our lives, one choice at a time.

THE ART OF CHOOSING is published by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette Book Group USA. Its release date is March 1, 2010.

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