Nancy Napier

The Myth of Multitasking

Think you’re good at doing several things at once? Reading and listening to music? Driving and talking on the phone (hands free, of course), or texting while sitting in a meeting? Think again. Much recent neuroscience research tells us that the brain doesn’t really do tasks simultaneously, as we thought (hoped) it might. In fact, we just… Read more The Myth of Multitasking

Why Boise State’s basketball players huddle tighter

Think organizational culture In the Boise State men’s basketball locker room, on one of the walls–20 feet long and 10 feet tall–is a photo of the team, huddled together. The photo is shot from above, showing players’ heads and arms, wrapped around their shoulders. The caption under the photo reads: WE HUDDLE TIGHTER When I… Read more Why Boise State’s basketball players huddle tighter

Stealth Creativity

A very brave person gave me a holiday gift that could have led to disaster. She knows that I’m an awful gardener: I’ve tried growing tomatoes half a dozen times over the years and always fail. The two plants in my house live only because someone else kindly remembers to water them. So, in mid-December… Read more Stealth Creativity

What remote Boise can learn from remote Brisbane in Australia

Dear Mayor Dave Bieter, Last year, I visited Brisbane, Australia, and felt like I was in a version of Boise-of-the-Future, if we’re lucky. I had no idea what Brisbane is like. I’ve seen photos of Australia, probably the same ones you’ve seen — of Ularu (Ayers Rock), koalas, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney’s Opera… Read more What remote Boise can learn from remote Brisbane in Australia