The Secret Powers of Time

The Secret Powers of Time

Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world.


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  • Louis Bone  On 12/28/2010 at 1:19 am

    Some 30+ years ago, in graduate school, I had a rather spirited discussion, in tautological terms, about Max Weber’s THEORY OF BUREAUCRACY. My esteemed Professor(s) championed the theories of TIME SPAN in the Bureaucratic Management principles. My objection(s) were that TIME was an integral founding assumption in the creation of the bureaucratic philosophies, and as such it should come as no surprise to find that as the level in the bureacratic organization rises, then the TIME SPAN for the individual should also rise. The factory floor worker sees that he has 5 minutes to complete one and move on to the next unit of production … his supervisor, has a time span of two days to make sure that the necessary wigets of production are on the factory floor for his worker(s). His manager may have two months of time span to ensure the supply and distribution chains are set-up and ready to move materials. The Organization’s Head, may have a time span of two to five years to plan the Plant; and Organization expansions.

    And so it goes!

    Professor Philip Zimbardo’s elucidation of The Secret Powers of Time, in my estimation is a natural extension of the World (US) economy in keeping with the principles and practices of the Bureaucratic models. As an economist, this should (and it does not) come as no suprise. To the layman, however, it may be an enlightment, albeit, an entertaining one.

  • Rupert Cooper  On 01/17/2011 at 10:32 pm

    I believe in the proverb ‘Time is money”.Think of it,there would be utter confusion in the world if we did not have a measure of time.

  • terence martindale  On 03/30/2011 at 5:53 am

    Time longer than twine
    and Guyanese must discard the now discredited and defunct model of colonial and neo-colonial approaches to structuring the organizing of people’s lives that are based on the powerful and predatory influences of individuals and start looking at more holistic and humanistic methods of sustenance and survival.

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