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). []

Read Brigid Schulte at New York Magazine

Brigid Schulte recently published “Even Work-Life Balance Experts Are Awful at Balancing Work and Life.”

I’ve come to call this the expert’s dilemma. It’s something I came across again and again, both while I was researching my book, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time and in my own search for that elusive state of work-life balance: At a conference a few years ago with “Pioneering Leaders in work-life integration,” I immediately gravitated to the “Overwork” table. There, academics, experts, and business leaders, including a senior VP who’d won accolades for revamping the culture of a large corporation to promote flexibility and work-life balance, confessed that they, themselves, worked like maniacs. I heard the same lament at gatherings of work-life experts from Boston to Lexington to the Bay Area. “In all my years of working in this field, I’ve never met anyone who’s not struggling themselves,” said Ken Matos, vice-president of research at Life Meets Work, a workforce-strategy consulting firm. “There’ve been way too many moments when I’ve been talking to leaders in the work-life field who work crazy hours in order to get other people time off.” []

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. []