Organizational Incompetence

Nestled in the gentle hills of California's Silicon Valley sits Stanford University: the breeding ground for the area's innovators since a horse-stud farm was converted into the original campus in 1891. Yet this university is renowned for more than being the intellectual hub of the most innovative community in the world's leading technological nation. In the 1960s and early 1970s Stanford University became known as a major centre for psychology – and particularly for a series of ground-breaking experiments on children that were to shape thinking on motivation, drive and success.

And while many of the experiments have been forgotten by all but a select group of professionals, one has entered the realms of folklore: ...

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