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Leverage Your Returns

Of course you know you can return a book at the i-Desk whenever the library is open.  But did you know:

  • Late reserve books accrue large fines fast. Fines are deliberately high ($2/hr for the first 5 hours, $5/hr after that) to incentivize return of items urgently needed by classmates.
  • You can return books anytime the library is not open in the outside Book Return bin (to the right of the Bass Ctr main entrance).
  • Books left in the Book Return overnight will count as being returned the night before.
  • You can return books from any campus library except Lane Medical Library. We will check them in and return them to their rightful home.

Time for the Apple Watch

The Apple Watch becomes available Friday, and The Motley Fool is already wondering how many units will sell.  Good news for those who’ve waited in interminable lines at Apple stores in the past: the watch will be available at 12:01 AM tonight by web apt only. As the first big launch of a post-Jobs product, all eyes are on Apple to see if they still have their finger on the pulse of the American consumer.  If that finger is tapping, the watch, with it’s tapping mechanism, just may succeed.  Early reviews from Yahoo and NYT are positive, though The Times laments the steep learning curve and Yahoo notes it is “above all, a satisfying indulgence.” How many people will pay the hefty price tag for that indulgence?  Time will tell…

No time to read? Listen!

Still haven’t read Lean In? How about Crucial ConversationsThe Lexus and The Olive Tree, Ariana Huffington’s Thrive, or Think Like a Freak?  If you have more interest than time, consider listening instead. The GSB Library’s collection of books on disc includes these titles and more by renowned authors like Chip & Dan Heath, Clayton Christensen, Lou Dobbs, Malcom Gladwell, Daniel Goleman, and GSB alumni Seth Godin and Keith Ferazzi. 

Check out our browsing collection of audio books next to the iDesk in the Bass Center, or search for “audio books” in SearchWorks for details on all audio books in the Media Center collection on the lower level. Limit your search to Business Library for best results.

What makes a great entrepreneur?

The other night I tuned in to an ep of Shark Tank just in time to see a shark give the thumbs down, saying “Right product, wrong people.”  She used her own judgment to make that call, but Genius Lessons: Inside the Mind of the Tech Innovator, the cover article in Feb 2015 issue of Entrepreneurship, explores a number of concepts about what makes a great entrepreneur. As you might guess, there’s no easy formula for success. In fact, “some of the traits that make you a great entrepreneur also work against you,” says The Founder Institute’s Adeo Ressi. One thing is clear: passion is a must. According to Valley historian Steve Blank, “You can teach Entrepreneurship, but only to the people who desperately want to learn it.”

Read the full article in hard copy in our Current Periodicals section, or here in Business Source Complete if you have a current Stanford SUNet ID.

Living in Limbic Limbo

Did you know that just being aware that you have an unread e-mail  message can reduce your IQ by up to 10 points?  That texting can be addictive?  That we store information in a different, less permanent part of our brains when we divide our attention?  A thought-provoking article in The Guardian sheds new light on the allure of multitasking: The part of our brain we need to stay on task is itself easily distracted, and actually rewards us for getting sidetracked.  But there is a price to pay for trading “the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort” for such frequent empty rewards: not only are we not getting as much done, we are compromising our own well-being with metabolic costs, anxiety, and diminished decision skills.  I’d tell you more, but I just got a text…

Holiday shopping? Caveat emptor

Have you been venturing onto the internet lately, or (shudder) actual mall stores in search of those killer holiday deals?  You might want to compare prices before you buy.  This New York Times article confirms what I’ve always suspected:  Most of those amazing deals are not so amazing after all. Researchers from The Wirecutter and The Sweethome found less than 1% of the 54,000 holiday deals they reviewed are actually good deals.  ”When we find a deal that we think is good, it’s a needle in a haystack,” says Editor in Chief Jacqui Cheng. ”We’re super-excited when that happens.”  Puts a whole new meaning on Black Friday, doesn’t it?

The Silver lining to your golden years

Two recent articles in Atlantic and WSJ provide different perspectives on the same topic: Getting older = Getting better. Both articles quote Stanford’s Laura Carstensen, whose research at the Center on Longevity is challenging long-held assumptions about aging and decline.  The Journal article provides evidence that seniors are happier, smarter, and more creative and productive, while the Atlantic article focuses on the midlife crisis. Labor and development economists are discovering a U-shaped pattern of content as we age that spans cultures, economic conditions, and even species: evidence suggests that an ape’s sense of well-being also bottoms out at what is their equivalent to age 45-50. The good news is it does get better and stays better, well into your seventies. The takeaway?  Recognize that the U-curve is to blame — not your life choices — and ride through the mid-life storm to better days ahead.


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