david touve

Why motivate when you can medicate?

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I recently (and luckily) survived my comprehensive exam in the PhD program. I was dissapointed however to not see a real question on motivation in the bunch. Admittedly, I was disappointed primarily because I had prepared for such a question. No matter, however, since in the decades upcoming, the “traditional” means by which we might motivate people could fall by the wayside. Kevin Bullis, over at TechReview, asks a seemingly simple question… whether we should make cyborg soldiers? Whether we should or should not, we are going to, which I…read more

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Clucking loudly while negotiating

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I suspect there is a playbook that media industry types collectively use when negotiating deals with technology/web startups. The latest situation involving YouTube and Universal Music comes right out of this playbook. The entire play goes something like this. (1) At first, say “No” to any negotiation, but suggest that the startup pay your firm, or its representative, for some consideration. Examples include: gadget gifts, tickets, stock and cash. Provide an example by offering the representative from the startup the opportunity to raid your stash of promotional CDs. None of…read more

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