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Solving Traffic Congestion

If a stretch of highway is often congested, we should add another lane to increase capacity. Wrong. In “The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion: Evidence from U.S. Cities,” researchers show any increased capacity from additional roads is temporary.  Traffic increases to fill the added capacity.  The study’s startling findings include: The number of vehicle-kilometers traveled…

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Are Your Co-Workers Good For Your Health?

Last week I wrote about Pret A Manger which rewards employees on behaviors such as niceness and teamwork, not just traditional measures of performance. Pret believes incenting these behaviors improves the health of the organization which leads to more sustainable performance. A 2011 research study from Tel Aviv University backs them up and suggests having…

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Banished Words for 2012

I emerged from my man cave to discover it’s that time again.  Lake Superior State University (LSSU) released its amazing 37th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”.  The idea for the list was hatched at a 1975 New Year’s Eve party in an attempt to win…

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Decision Quicksand

Why are unimportant decisions so hard for people to make? The conventional wisdom is that people don’t make decisions due to the fear of being wrong. However, in “Decision Quicksand: When Trivial Choices Suck Us In,” research suggests that excessive information and extraneous choices trick our brains into thinking that a decision is more complicated…

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Banished Words for 2011

Lake Superior State University released its 36th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness”.  The list is based on more than 1,000 submissions on their Web site.  The winners (losers?) include the Sarah Palin-coined word “refudiate” and the popular online terms “viral” and “fail.”  LSSU’s complete list…

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