Chunka Mui: “7 Steps For Inventing The Future”

Read Chunka Muni’s latest at Forbes.

I’ve worked with Alan to help bring his insights into the business realm for more than three decades. I also serve on board of Viewpoints Research Institute, the nonprofit research organization that he founded and directs. Drawing on these vantage points and numerous conversations, I’ll try capture his approach to invention. He calls it a method for “escaping the present to invent the future,” and describes it in seven steps … []

Peter McGraw’s research cited in new Harvard Biz piece

The work of Peter McGraw was highlighted in the article, “When Joking with Your Employees Leads to Bad Behavior.”

As we analyzed the data, we applied the concept of benign violation theory (BVT), first developed by behavioral scientist Peter McGraw at the University of Colorado, Boulder. McGraw and colleagues at the Humor Research Lab (HuRL) came up with BVT as a way of answering an age-old question: what makes things funny? In a nutshell, the theory says that there are three factors for a situation to be humorous: 1) it is seen as a violation (in other words, it goes against accepted norms of the way things should be); 2) it is benign (it isn’t directly threatening); and 3) these factors are occurring simultaneously (it won’t be funny if they happen separately). []

NY Times: “Israel’s Rich Culinary Legacy Revealed in a New Film”

Roger Sherman’s new film has been featured in the New York Times.

In the new feature-length documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” the chef Michael Solomonov travels from one end of Israel to the other sampling food and talking to cooks in a narrative style reminiscent of Anthony Bourdain. After watching this film, one has to conclude that with more than 100 nationalities living within the country’s borders, an Israeli cuisine resists easy definition. Many cuisines — some clearly Jewish, some not — have been validated there in recent decades. Local ingredients have found new standing, blooming even in the Negev desert. While exploring the food mosaic, the film also points out the simmering tension between Arabic and Israeli cooking. []

Why Your Job is Becoming Impossible to Do: The Tragedy of Well-Intentioned Organizational Overload

Bob Sutton has penned a new exclusive piece for LinkedIn.

As the old saying goes, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Consider the onslaught of cognitive overload that so many of us contend with in our jobs. Here is an example from where I work. A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a faculty meeting led by an enthusiastic Stanford colleague who is charged with revamping the teaching evaluation system that students use to assess our classes. The new system does seem to have improved features — in particular, it allows faculty to identify learning goals and to select and write questions customized to each class. I appreciate the work the committee has done on the evaluations, but to be honest, I couldn’t tell whether the new system would be better or worse than the old system (and beyond his enthusiasm, he didn’t present any arguments that I found convincing). But there was one thing that I am 100% sure will happen: This new system will require several more hours of work every year from every faculty member than the old system. []