Scientists Change Their Mind
The scientific method necessitates an equanimity around being wrong. A scientist that becomes invested in the outcome of their experimentation has lost the objectivity necessary to be great in the field. Changing your mind, as a scientist, is a feature of the process and not a bug. We could learn a lot from scientists in…
Professionals Are Expensive; Don’t Waste Their Advice
Professional help from experts is expensive. It is a shame to ignore their advice. Yet, so many of us do.
Can we allow each other freedom so long as our fellow citizens are not hurting other people or taking what is not theirs? It seems like a simple, reasonable request.
Scientific skepticism and disagreement is essential to ensuring a continued march toward a fuller understanding of the truth. In other words, disagreement is a feature of the process and not a bug.
Passing Bills & Culture Wars
We are what we tolerate. Let’s stop tolerating nonsense.
After every mass shooting, spike in suicides, climb in loneliness etcetera, there is a call for a new focus on mental health. Let’s think about a path to make actual progress.
A Problem With Raging Against the Machine
A quote that makes a wise point! How will this all end?
Financial Independence from Your Employer
Work as hard as possible to make yourself financially independent from your employer.
Work From Home
There are opportunities to innovate and marketplace opportunities coming out of this forced experiment. Will you take advantage of those opportunities?
Decentralized Finance / Cryptocurrency
Block chain, cryptocurrency and decentralizing finance has the propensity to break the hold that governments have over financial markets.
Taking Things Away from Employees
Treat taking things from employees with the caution that it deserves.
Recipe for Thriving in Society
Nice, Provokable, Forgiving; That is a nice little recipe for balancing success with robust relationships.
The more freedom in the market, the more prosperity it can create.
The Flaw with Sports Analogies
Sports analogies are useful. However, at times, they can flatten our understanding to the point that we end up worse off.
Don’t Meet Your Heroes
Don’t meet your heroes is great advice! What might we do instead?
End Daylight Saving Time
One thing that the majority of Americans agree upon is that daylight saving time should end.
Does power corrupt those that have it or does power simply reveal the character of the person in possession of it?
Awe & Human Acts
My previous articles on awe over indexed on nature. Let’s consider the awe that we gift one another.
For Trust to Develop; Someone Must Go First
Trust is developed by trusting.
Start School Later
One of the things that we do is clearly not in the interest of our high school students. We get them up too early to work with their natural circadian rhythms.
Doers Versus Critics
One frustrating part of living in a society is criticism. You come up with the best idea that you can muster, try your best to get support, work hard to implement it with excellence and the critics simply sit back and point out weaknesses.
Beware… It is a toxic attitude. It can lead you to complacency and continual outrage when the world fails to give us the special treatment that you feel you deserve. Yes, what value does entitlement hold? I can’t think of much.
Should we reconsider the tradition of grading students?
Tools and Resources
What type of resources do you need to be successful? The answer is clearly some. However, I wonder if we do not consistently set our threshold for “enough” too high.
Trying to Win Conversations
The objective of conversation is to share… to learn… to grow together… to create positive change.
Are You Prepared for Learning?
Humans do not always learn because a teacher says, “it is time to learn.” Instead, we learn when the conditions within us are ripe for that learning.
Sounds can be a great boon in our life, or they can detract from an otherwise wonderful moment.
What Do You Want?
Are you crystal clear on what you want? I try to always have it straight and in the forefront of my mind.
Knowing What You Stand For
As I have argued before, courage is a crucial character trait. However, it is also foundational to understand your values.
Leading People as People
I have always thought that there was a clear choice about how to lead. You could lead people as people or choose to see the people that you lead as a means to reach your objectives.
Humans crave variety… uncertainty… a shake up of our day to day… Yet, many of us do little to actually shake things up.
A Deeper Exploration of the Gap
It is such an important concept. The wise use of this gap. Yet, it is a habit that we can spend a lifetime trying to adopt consistently.
Thoughtful but Swift
As it relates to the speed with which we move toward our dreams, there are always choices in life. How shall we choose?
Travel is one of life’s great pleasures. What place might it take in a life well lived?
An Argument for Nuance
An unfortunate aspect of our discourse is the tendency toward simplistic explanations for complex problems. Unfortunately, most things in life are complicated.
How should we decide if a decision was good or bad?
How can we make a fair, objective analysis of the quality of a decision? Check out my recommendations.
Working On vs In Your Business
There is a classic struggle that plagues the leaders in a business. Working on the business versus working in the business.
What Are Your Limitations?
My thoughts regarding Richard Bach’s wise quote: “Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.”
Short Term Focus in Business
It is part of American culture to view the world through a short term lens. The US is a primary shaper of business practices, it is, therefore, natural that the business world has taken this as the natural right answer. What are my concerns? Let’s review them.
Being Tolerant of One Another
How much better would the world be if we found a way to forgive one another for, or ignore, small annoyances?
Complicating the Simplest Pleasures
Laying our hopes and expectations on top of some of the greatest parts of life can sap the wonder from our experiences. How might we get the magic back?
The toughest part of meditating for the majority of prospective meditators is doing it. I discuss some helpful advice in this article.
Fear and Divisiveness
It is fairly common knowledge that the media, activists and politicians exaggerate the differences in society, the threats present and the evil intentions of those on the different side of a debate. What should we do about it? I will lay out my approach.
I have noticed that there is an epidemic in the world today of people that do not feel understood. What could we do to make it better?
Become a World Class Friend
What kind of changes would the world see if we all set a goal to be a world class friend? If we were conscious of it going into / during our time with friends.
The purpose of life, in my estimation, is to contribute. Contribute to those around me… my family, friends and society.
Enough / Contentment
I am at the age where people generally buy boats, RVs or vacation homes. Instead, I am choosing a route of contentment.
Cultivating a Sense of Awe and Wonder
We interpret everything through the lens of our experience. Unfortunately, that tends to make most things a bit less magical.
The benefits of exercise are not only well documented, but known by nearly everyone. However, many of us haven’t taken the lesson that we learned and turned it into a consistent habit.
Give journaling a try. It has been a real boon in my life. I am certain that it would be for you as well.
Being present in the current moment is incredibly beneficial. It is also too rare.
One way to create / maintain competence is through education. Commit to using the resources at your disposal today.
Take A Walk
Lean into the simplest of pleasures. Get out and take a walk.
One of the most important ways to get better is seeking feedback from those around you.
Habit Change Using Time and Place
Wisely chosen habits are incredibly important to a well lived life. Learn another way to establish good habits.
One of the most important habits of lifelong learners is reading. However, only 27% of the adult US population has read at least one book in the past 12 months.
What Type Of Person Are You?
What type of person are you? Choose the answer to that question wisely. It is very important.
Asking Powerful Questions
All improvement is self improvement. Learn about a technique to help those around you find more success.
Wisely chosen habits are incredibly important to a well lived life. Learn one way to establish good habits.
Why wonder when you can give it a try?
Clarify Your Thoughts By Writing
I have found over time that there are some situations that need serious thinking. They require thoughtful consideration. However, I have a powerful weapon that is a huge aid for me.
Get Some Sleep
Getting enough sleep will optimize both your mental and physical health. It is a strong investment in your success. Find out the best practices in sleep hygiene.
Feel the Urge to Speed Up; Slow Down
Don’t risk waste when pressure is at its highest. Instead, follow my simple advice.
Prepare to be Wrong
Experimentation, creativity and innovation require risking being wrong. Therefore, a genuine, versus theoretical, willingness to be wrong is vital to generate transformative ideas. Learn how through a couple of role models.
Take a Vacation!
Vacations are important. They accrue such an amazing series of benefits.
Giving the Gift of Having Been Listened To
There is a craving inside of nearly all people to be heard and understood. You have a gift that you can bestow. See what it is and how to give it.
One Key to Habit Change is Ease
It is super important to ensure that we choose and cultivate the very best habits. Find out about one simple method to help do just that.
Leadership and the Pygmalion Effect
What we expect from people manifests itself in the words we use, and those words can have a powerful effect on the end results.
Believe in the Possibilities
You can change your performance simply by choosing a wiser mindset.
Mindset at Work
Choosing a mindset that helps us to thrive at work can be a powerful investment in both our success at work and in our personal happiness. How could you go about doing that? Click through and find out.
I have had a theory for many years that a) many of life’s most complex questions do not have an exact answer b) even if you answered them correctly for today, the answer would change tomorrow. How should you handle them?
The Complexities of Interpreting the Events in our Lives
A trick question with a powerful lesson.
Rules of Engagement
Take this simple step to ensure that you have the best habits and see your success soar.
Reflecting on a Quote About Enough
“Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.”- Seneca The question is how far will we let our wants drive us into being poor by Seneca’s definition?
One Key to Effective Problem Solving
While there are many aspects of problem solving that must be mastered, thoroughly defining the problem to be solved is essential.
Wise Decision Making Master Guide
Use these techniques and you will see the quality of your decision making increase dramatically.
There are few things as important to your personal happiness as your social network. Start investing in your social networks today and see your happiness skyrocket.
A Twist on Bravery and Luck
My thoughts on a quote that I have been pondering lately.
Building Trust Master Guide
Use these techniques and you will see your relationships flourish.
Discover and Use Your Signature Strengths
Find out how exercising your signature strengths boosts your happiness.
Spending Money More Wisely
Start spending your disposable income more wisely and you invest in your happiness.
Time Management Master Guide
All of my time management articles in one convenient location.
Infuse Positivity Into Your Surroundings
One easy way to increase your happiness is to infuse positivity into your surroundings. Find some methods that you are useful.
Want to be Happier? Give to Others
Give to those around you, especially those in need, and watch your own happiness increase.
Hiring & Promotions: The Special Case of Internal Candidates
How should you treat internal candidates in your hiring process? Find out by clicking through to my newest article.
The Impact of One Positive Person
One positive person can have a profound impact on the performance of a group. Be that person.
Find Something To Look Forward To
We all want to be happier. Click through to learn a simple way to bring a little more happiness into your life.
Confident humility is the sweet spot between arrogance and ultimate humility. Find out why and the benefits of finding it.
Turning Around An Underperforming Employee
If you have an employee that is underperforming, you must act to ensure that things turn around. You cannot afford poor performance on your team no matter how good things are going otherwise. See my best practices.
Avoiding Crappy Meetings Master Guide
Click here for all of my articles on avoiding crappy meetings in one place.
It seems that we have lost sight of the national debt in recent years. That is not because it isn’t there or isn’t growing.
Prime Your Mind With Positivity
When you need to perform, especially in a high pressure situation, it pays to prime your mind with positive emotions. Click through to find out how and why.
Mistake Vs. Conflict Theory
There are two interesting theories of political discourse: Conflict Theory and Mistake Theory. Let’s investigate each of them, and see what we might learn about a superior path.
Importance of Psychological Safety for a Team
Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team environment is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It is when you can share your best / wildest ideas without fear that it might damage your status or career. Why is it important? How do you develop it on your team? Click through to find out.
Wise People Decisions- Hiring, Promotions, Terminations
Use these techniques to increase your odds of success in filling your team full of star performers.
Interrogating Reality / Fighting Reality
A fight against reality cannot be won. Perhaps, it is best not to fight it?
A Simple Perspective on Karma
I wonder if there’s a simple way to get more from the concept of karma? Find out my theory.
Best Practices in Employee Development
Developing each and every one of the stakeholders around you is crucial to every organization. Find out my best practices.
When the obvious or existing ideas don’t suffice to solve your problems or improve your circumstances, it is time to bring your creativity to the table.
Compassion is a key component of emotional intelligence. One where you can never have enough. How could we continue to develop our empathy?