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Change anything! Use skillpower over willpower
Al Switzler at TEDxFremont
Dec 4, 2012 How do you break down mental barriers and beat the willpower trap? Al Switzler, cofounder of VitalSmarts, researches methods for driving sustainable, measurable behavior change. Switzler is coauthor of four NYT bestsellers, including Change Anything.

Overcoming inertia with small changes

Overcoming inertia: how small changes can have big impact
Kalipso Karantinou
May 15, 2015

Our life’s orbit depends on the gravitational pull of our habits. When we try to change it all at once, inertia prevents us from achieving the desired outcome.
Instead, if we make one small, manageable change at a time, that would not be so difficult to do. Kalipso Karantinou shares with us ten forces that can help us all beat inertia and get on to a favorable trajectory in our lives.

Dr. Kalipso Karantinou teaches as a Lecturer in Marketing at the School of Business of Athens University of Economics and Business to undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students and she has won awards of academic excellence and high teaching performance for the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Her published research work amounts to 30 publications in reputable international academic journals and international academic conferences.

Her research interests lie in the area of Marketing Services, Customer Relationship Management and Innovation Management. Since 2013, she has been elected as Representative of Greece in the Steering Committee of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC).

U.S. Productivity Rose at 0.9% Rate in Second Quarter

U.S. Productivity Rose at 0.9% Rate in Second Quarter
Nonfarm business-sector productivity increased at a 0.9% seasonally adjusted annual rate
By Ben Leubsdorf
Aug. 9, 2017

U.S. worker productivity picked up modestly in the second quarter but showed little sign of breaking out of the sluggish trend that has prevailed for more than a decade, holding back economic growth and living standards.

Rapid productivity gains, as seen during the information technology-fueled boom of the late 1990s and early 2000s, can boost household incomes, economic growth and government tax receipts.

Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School and a former top White House economist under President George W. Bush … said the government can help to boost productivity growth by overhauling business taxes, rolling back regulations and supporting basic research. Such steps could increase business investment and the know-how that helps to fuel growth.

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said “government policy works best when it can address a need that the private sector neglects, including investment in basic research, infrastructure, early childhood education, schooling and public health.”