• Our job it not to answer questions

    Our job is not to answer questions, it’s to ask the right questions…that get us to the right answer. Bill Buxton

  • My Faulty First Impression

    Wow, I was expecting something totally different. Yes, from Susan Boyle, but also from Guy Kawasaki’s Twitter post this morning referencing her, with a link, saying this was another reason he believes all interviews should be done by phone. Yes, I thought. Exactly. Susan Boyle is an excellent example of how our brains look for shortcuts,……

  • Even if you are on the right track

    Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.  Will Rogers

  • Dan Ariely

    http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Dan Ariely, author of the fascinating book Predictably Irrational, talks here about why sometimes we think it is OK to cheat and steal, and why we should test our intuition. Another great TED talk.  (Source: http://video.ted.com/)

  • Get the facts first

    Get the facts first. You can distort them later. Mark Twain

  • Say you are looking at a chess board

    Say you are looking at a chess board. Is there anything you can’t see? No. But are you guaranteed to win? Not at all, because you can’t see what the other guy is thinking. Paul Van Riper, retired Marine (and Red Team leader of devastating Blue Team 2002 Joint Forces JFCOM attack)

  • Smile! You’ll Feel Better

    Smile! You’ll Feel Better Dave Munger talks about a series of experiments that seem to indicate the truth of this advice. Smiling will actually help you feel better. Find out why at Cognitive Daily. (Note: This is no easy thing to test because of the need to disassociate the request to smile from the actual……

  • The neurological basis for your ability to think

    http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf The Neurological Basis for your ability to think systemically. Fantastic TED talk by neuroscientist VS  Ramachandran, author of Phantoms in the Brain on what neuroscience tells us about inter-relationships in the brain and our ability to make connections and spot similarities in disparate input. Watch until the end, when he pulls it all together beautifully. Covers Capgras Delusion, Phantom Limb Syndrome……

  • People prefer to buy what they need

    “People prefer to buy what they need from people who understand what it is that they want.” Not from those with the best value propositions. Bill Brooks in You’re Working Too Hard to Make the Sale, as quoted by Charles Green in Rain Today’s The Great Myth of Sales: Why Logic and Value Propositions Matter……

  • Projecting Leadership

    What has a greater influence on being perceived as a leader? Your ability, or your willingness to speak up? Gavin Kilduff, a Ph.D candidate at UC Berkeley, has been working very hard on the question of how leaders and winners are determined in the workplace, particularly in the context of rivalry. Recently, a study he……

  • On a completely different note…

    ON A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE, perhaps I don’t watch enough television. High points here for creativity and memorability. (Source: http://www.youtube.com/)

  • Must remember…must remember

    Must remember…must remember Any of us who have ever been in school remember that stressed-out ”I MUST REMEMBER THIS” feeling. Now I am comforted to know that I may have been doing myself some good by triggering those thoughts. A group of German scientists recently published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that……