Study: Teams often win after leaders give negative speeches

The results could have important implications for the business world.


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  • A recent study analyzed 304 halftime speeches from 23 high school and college basketball teams.
  • The results showed that teams generally played better in the second half of games after coaches delivered negative halftime speeches.
  • However, teams tended to play worse after coaches delivered speeches that were too negative.
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3 rules for choosing an archnemesis

Eric Weinstein explains why choosing a nemesis is both energizing and necessary for success.

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  • Eric Weinstein explains the three criteria for choosing an archnemesis to help motivate you in your career.
  • Weinstein chose theoretical physicist, Garrett Lisi, who is working on a similar physics problem as him.
  • Rather than hampering progress, Weinstein argues that a nemesis energizes you when you feel discouraged.
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How does your productivity stack up?

Research from MIT reveals common habits and skills present among highly productive managers.

You know that person who always seems to be ahead of their deadlines, despite being swamped? Do you look at them with envy and wonder how they do it?

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9 self-actualized historical figures

When he was developing his famous hierarchy of needs, Abraham Maslow cited 9 historical figures that achieved self-actualization.

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  • In order to develop his model of self-actualization, Abraham Maslow interviewed friends, colleagues, students, and historical figures.
  • These 9 historical figures demonstrate different aspects of self-actualization that Maslow believed all self-actualized individuals possessed to one degree or another.
  • By studying these figures, we can come to a better understanding of what self-actualization really is.
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The compliment sandwich doesn’t work, but the “complaint sandwich” does — this is why

We're too afraid to voice our complaints, and for good reason — it often doesn't go well.

As a means of giving constructive feedback, the compliment sandwich has come under fire.

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