Multi-tasking and the Failure of Big Changes

According to Inc. magazine multitasking makes you dumber than being stoned. Here is what they say: “Stop multi-tasking. No, seriously—stop. Switching from task to task quickly does not work. In fact, changing tasks more than 10 times in a day … Read More..

Why We Make Bad Decisions

Why We Make Bad Decisions Noreena Hertz wrote an important article on the topic NYT (10/19/13). Some highlights: People don’t challenge experts. She writes: “when confronted with the expert, it was as if the independent decision-making parts of many subjects’ … Read More..

An App That Saved 10,000 Lives

  This seems to be a brilliant idea. Doctors answer questions for free that have saved lives. . . i started thinking about the challenge of leading change in organizations. What if people had access to free expert advice like … Read More..

Everything I Need to Know Fits on an Index Card

  Ezra Klein write a fine column, This 4×6 index card has all the financial advice you’ll ever need, for The Washington Post on 9/16/13. He writes, “Think managing your finances has to be complicated? Wonkblog contributor (and UC Chicago … Read More..

Stop Making Eye Contact

  In an article  by Meeri Kim in the WP on 10/6/13 she writes, “Forcing eye contact when trying to change someone’s mind may actually cause listeners to become more stubborn.” She cites the work of Frances Chen, Julia Minson, … Read More..

A Great Teacher Passes

  Laurie Frink was a great music teacher. She helped many brass players (like me) improve. She even saved the careers of some trumpet players who had lost the ability to physically play their horns at a professional level. Nate … Read More..

You can’t force focus

  According to Timothy Gallway in The Inner Game of Work, focus is a critical atribute, but when we try to force focusing on something, it exhausts us. I hadn’t thought of it in quite that way. Think about the … Read More..

Fascinating trial of a psychic going on in NY.

  A former client, who spent over $120,000, was asked “What led you to go see a psychic instead of a licensed therapist?” She replied, “I needed answers,” (She had already spent $10K on another psychic.) People want answers. They … Read More..