Do you ever find yourself leaving the office at the end of the day with the feeling that you got nothing done? Does the passing of time in the workplace surprise you? Do you feel that your workday is full obligations like meetings and other communications that prevent you from getting your work done?
In her recent TED talk, Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur, former CEO of five companies and an author, discussed an experiment on productivity by evolutionary biologist, William Muir, at Purdue University. Muir was interested in productivity--- which is something that concerns all of us—devised a beautiful experiment to increase egg production in chickens. He first selected the most productive hen—the one that laid the largest number of eggs within each cage to breed the next generation of hens. In other words, he identified the “star” employee. Then, he took the star egg layers and put them together in one cage and tried to breed from this group of best in cage winners—like an NHL hockey team.