Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect
A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he responded with great enthusiasm. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) It was 5 o’clock on a warm summer evening in July 2008. In a busy part of Tokyo, people were leaving their places of work. Some were going home, and others were going out to enjoy the nightlife. It was an ordinary night. But... Read more
Awarding Excellence: The Pulitzer Prize
ReadOasis Step 3 The Color Purple is a book about a black woman named Celie. The story tells of her life and struggles, as she grew up in the Southern United States during the 1930s. The book was written by Alice Walker. And the movie version was directed by... Read more
The Brave Little Scout
ReadOasis Step 3 When Andrew Jackson was a little boy, he lived with his mother. Their home was in South Carolina, in the city of Charleston. He was eight years old when the trouble began. It was called the Revolutionary War. The king of England sent soldiers into every... Read more
The Gutenberg Revolution
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Johannes Gutenberg was in trouble. He borrowed money from investors, but he was about to lose it. He promised to make a special kind of mirror and sell lots of them. The mirrors were unusual. It was said that they could capture the holy... Read more
The Monkey and the Cat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a Monkey and a Cat lived together as pets in the same house. They enjoyed great friendship. They always played together, and for fun they caused a lot of trouble. Above all, they enjoyed searching for something to eat. More than anything... Read more
The Boy and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a shepherd-boy who kept his flock at a little distance from the village. He thought it would be funny to play a trick on the villagers, and he could have some fun at their expense. He ran toward the village crying out as loud... Read more
Three Questions
By Leo Tolstoy ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) One day, a king had a great idea. He thought that there were three things he should know to be successful. He should always know the right time to begin everything. He should always know who to listen to, and who... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 On February 5, 1860, a strange slave auction was held. The place was Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. But this auction was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a real slave. On that day, the church raised $900, and they purchased a slave... Read more
The As If Principle
By Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 3 In 1884, the great American Philosopher William James had a radical idea. James argued that if you behave as if you’re a certain type of person, you become that person. Decades of research has shown that James’s idea applies to all aspects of... Read more
Escape at Bedtime
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 3 Photo by NASA   The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out Through the blinds and the windows and bars; And high overhead and all moving about, There were thousands of millions of stars. There ne’er were such thousands of leaves... Read more
Gilbert and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Gray clouds floated in the sky over a dark line of trees. Darkness was approaching, but from the forest, the lights of two hungry eyes looked over a nearby field. The eyes belonged to a great black wolf. The wolf spotted a small lamb... Read more
Rules for Your Working Brain (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The bell rings. Students close their books and start packing their bags. Raising his voice, Professor Jones says, "Remember to read Chapter 6 before next class, and your first report is due in 3 days!" Some students groan. Mary rushes back to her room. She's got... Read more
The Science of Good (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) President Clinton stood in front of the microphone. He took a breath and swallowed. Then he began his apology. He was not apologizing for being with another woman. Not yet. And he was not apologizing for a personal failure. Not this time. He was... Read more
The Motown Sound (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The Motown Museum (Wikipedia) Soul music combines rhythm and blues and gospel. Like the blues, soul arose out of the black experience in America, and soul musicians took these styles out of the black church and into the world and the streets. They confidently and proudly... Read more
The Mink and the Wolf
By Andrew Lang (The Orange Fairy Book) ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by tsaiproject.jpg In a big forest in the north of America lived many wild animals of all kinds. They were always very polite when they met. But they kept a close watch on each... Read more
The Prince, Love, and the Clock
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Prince Michael sat on his favorite bench in the park. The September night was nice and cool. It made him feel more alive. The benches were not filled. Most people are quick to stay home when the autumn weather becomes cool.... Read more
Good Writing is Good Thinking
By Joseph Poulshock and Randall Short ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Most people think that thinking is important. If you are a good thinker, then you probably have a better chance at success in life. But how do you know if your thinking is good? And how can you... Read more
Spreading Accurate Information about AIDS
ReadOasis Step 3 AIDS is a disease that attacks the immune system, the part of the body that fights infection. AIDS is deadly and global. Over 11 million children have lost parents to AIDS. From 1981 to 2007, more than 25 million people died of AIDS. That is more... Read more
The Last Gift
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a rich, happy family, who were all gathered together. The master, the servants, and friends of the family were full of joy. On this day a son was born, and mother and child were doing well. The... Read more