Covered today in the Dwell blog Malcolm Gladwell's new book seems like it will cover some ground related to our focus here at workalicious. The book is about success and what leads to it, and it sounds like its going to touch on the role of the workplace in at least some aspects:
Next, a person's performance itself. For quite different is the use of design to effectively make human pursuits successful. "The thing that's useful about design is that it can help us match environments to moods or tasks or states of the mind," Gladwell suggests. His mathematician father, for example, was a professor who worked out of his study at home. The room was a "deliberately constructed space" that had to suit his pursuit for precision, use of imagination, and requirement for an "elegant, simple, clean place to make that kind of thinking possible. Design is more than a mater of taste; it has a cognitive and emotional function."
Gladwell is the author of two other intersting books, Tipping Point, and Blink. If you have read either of them you know he has a way of drilling into ideas like this and distilling them to something you can easily take away.