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Courtesy of Trevor Blackwell. Enjoy this HackerNews linkbait.
I visited Steve and Adam to help them with their big debut (which was a huge hit, with lots of great reviews coming from TechCrunch, reddit, CNN, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb etc. etc.). Oh, I doodled their logo, too, but take a look at these pictures I took and check out Steve's version on the dry-erase board.
I somehow forgot to blog about this here. We recently got the xkcd book listed on Amazon! Lots of great webcomic book bundles available, too -- let Amazon's recommendation engine do its thing and bring home the lolz.
Bonus: the breadpig's profits from the sale of this book are donated to Room to Read to do cool things like promote education in the developing world.
Almost makes me want to root for the Ravens. Just kidding. But still, he was a lot of fun to jaw with on the sidelines. A++ performance in talking smack, my friend.
"The finding that exposure to low-output work lowers output, combined with the finding that low-productivity reduces willingness to punish, suggests the possibility of an organizational vicious cycle: after observing idiosyncratically bad work, workers may lower their own output and punish less in response, in turn reducing other workers' incentives to be highly productive."
And this, says Horton, may explain why leaders often use the language of contagion to describe morale and why management theory focuses on understanding and influencing culture within an organisation rather than trying to write perfect employment contracts.
Horton's work raises many questions, not least because it contradicts other work suggesting that it is possible to improve poor workers' output by pairing them with good workers. By contrast, Horton found that "the bad apples ruined the good apples, and the good apples did nothing for the bad."
Found on Hacker News.
I think Ray Lewis hates me.
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
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