Gretchen Rubin, Ron Friedman, Carson Tate and Brigid Schulte offer productivity tips

At Business Insider, four of our speakers “share ways to make 2017 your most productive year yet.”

“Follow the ‘one-minute rule’ and do any task that can be finished in one minute. Hang up your coat, read a letter and toss it, fill in a form, answer an email, note down a citation, pick up your phone message, file a paper … and so on.” –Gretchen Rubin []

At Inc., Bob Sutton shares “9 Slightly Scary Rules for Scaling Up Your Company”

Best-selling author of Scaling Up Excellence, Bob Sutton, was interviewed for this Inc. piece on his “rules for scaling up with the fewest possible growing pains.”

There’s no point in the growth of a company where you can focus on grand strategy and let the tactical details take care of themselves. At each stage of growth, it’s attention to details and (especially) putting the right individuals into the right roles that will make the growth possible. Sutton: “The only cases of fast and easy scaling turned out to be the ones we didn’t understand very well.” []

Shadi Hamid on Trump’s “Muslim Ban”

At the Washington Post, Shadi Hamid explores “The dangerous questions Muslims are facing.”

There is panic at the airport. Some of the stories, after President Trump issued his executive order targeting Muslim immigrants, remind me of what I saw in the Middle East. No one has been killed, of course. But when an Iraqi who risked his life an interpreter for the Army arrives in New York only to be denied entry, it has the hallmarks of a different world, one he probably thought he had left behind: the fear of not knowing; the manipulation of law; the capriciousness of strongmen in midflight; and families divided in the name of politics. []

Clyde Prestowitz at the Harvard Business Review: “Don’t Cry for the TPP”

Clyde Prestowitz has written about why the Trans-Pacific Partnership was a mistake.

President Trump’s formal withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations has precipitated a flood of tears about and warnings of the end of free trade and rising Chinese hegemony from orthodox economists and pundits. But there is no cause for tears or grounds for fear. The TPP was a mistake. There was never anything there. Although advertised as trans-Pacific, about 500 million of the 750 million people living in countries to be covered by the deal were in the Americas — Canada, the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Chile — and were already party to interlocking free trade agreements. []

Rafi Mohammed: “How Retailers Should Think About Online Versus In-Store Pricing”

Pricing expert Rafi Mohammed has published a new Harvard Business Review feature.

One of the biggest questions faced by brick-and-mortar retailers today is whether prices should be the same online and in stores. Gaining clarity on this issue is critical for traditional retailers to successfully compete in both environments. Brick-and-mortar retailers have been struggling with pricing since Amazon’s inception, 23 years ago, so why is it so important to resolve this issue now? Well, the news for retailers keeps getting worse. Macy’s and Kohl’s both reported 2.1% declines in comparable store sales in November and December, resulting in 10% and 15% stock price drops, respectively. The Limited shuttered its stores and is now focusing exclusively on e-commerce. It’s clear that an increasing number of customers don’t value the experience of shopping in physical stores. []

New speaker Jennifer Mueller’s Creative Change is an 800CEORead Editor’s Choice

“Creativity is universally celebrated. Yet resistance to creative ideas remains, ironically, nearly universal. What if that is because, while we claim we desire creativity, we have an unconscious bias against it? Jennifer Mueller stumbled upon this paradox early in her consulting career, and has been obsessed with addressing it ever since. She has been researching the problem for nearly two decades, and the result is a new book published this month by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Creative Change: Why We Resist It … How We Can Embrace It.” []

Listen to Adam Tanner on WNYC’s The Leonard Lopate Show

Adam Tanner, author and fellow at Harvard University’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science, joins us to discuss his new book Our Bodies Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records. Tanner examines how big pharma invades our medical privacy with a detailed account of how drug companies collect, analyze and sell patient data. He reveals that anyone who has ever visited a doctor has likely had their prescriptions, hospital records, insurance claims, blood-test results, and more bought and sold for corporate gain.” []

Gretchen Rubin named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People

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Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin has been named one of Fast Company’s new Most Creative People…

Gretchen Rubin is the author of many books, including the New York Times best-sellers Happier at Home and The Happiness Project. Her books have sold more than a million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 30 languages. On her popular daily blog,, she reports on her adventures in pursuit of good habits and happiness. Rubin began her career in law, and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters. []

Wall Street Journal: Susannah Fox on the need to create a culture of innovation

Susannah Fox, who recently stepped down from her position as Chief Technology Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services, was profiled by the WSJ last fall.

As the chief technology officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Susannah Fox is carrying on a mission that has long been a passion: helping people navigate health care and related technology. Before being tapped for the federal post last year, she briefly served as entrepreneur in residence at the health-care-focused Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, but had her longest tenure at the Pew Research Center as associate director of the Internet Project from 2000-2014. There, Ms. Fox, who has a degree in anthropology, pioneered research methods to explore how information technology and social media affect the health-care industry and the consumer health-care experience, with a special focus on finding innovative ways to deliver care to people living with chronic illness. []