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Human Lessons from a Bourbon Tornado

A tornado demolished a Buffalo Trace Distillery’s warehouse miraculously leaving all barrels of aging bourbon undamaged but exposed to the elements for months. More miraculously, those barrels produced some of the best bourbon ever (“The New Science of Old Whiskey” by Wayne Curtis [The Atlantic, November 2013 edition]) and caused the distillery to revisit what […]

Zombies To The Rescue

Entertainment often reflects our lives. Sometimes depicting it directly but other times serving to assuage emotions that don’t have an outlet. Just as we go to the gym to “blow off steam” and vent to others, entertainment can do the same as cinematic venting. As early as the Romans, when they conquered the known Western […]

Your Brain, the Final Frontier

“Space, the final frontier” introduced Star Trek’s original series, but assessments of our human knowledge indicate that the space between our ears is more of a frontier than the space above our heads is. That is a major reason the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has proposed that the Next Big Thing […]

Our Personalities: Crashing Others’ Expectations

As computers and robots are able to perform more of the mental and physical tasks of humans, we are finding they can become more unnerving to us. Why is that? “Mapping the Uncanny Valley” (The Economist, July 21, 2012 edition) examines the work of Kurt Gray (University of North Carolina) and Daniel Wegner (Harvard) to […]

Leadership is an Affect

One can read endlessly about leadership. However, if plays play on a stage, if baseball plays on a diamond, movies on a screen and chess on a board, where does leadership play? It plays in the mind of every member of the group. Yes, we often see leaderships as having a good vision, strategy, idea […]

Cooperation vs. Self-interest (Pt 5): Humans vs. Apes

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Cooperation vs. Self-interest

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Cooperation vs. Self-interestIn a previous post, I briefly mentioned the work of Michael Tomasello of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology as reported by Elizabeth Kolbert in her article, “Sleeping With The Enemy,” which appeared in the August 15/22, 2011 issue of the The […]

Entering the Golden Age of Women in Business

If you have a son and a daughter both under college age, odds are greater that she will become CEO of a Fortune 500 company. As I was writing my book, The Feminine Influence in Business (more), in 2003 and 2004, I made this prediction to friends: Within the next generation or two, more women […]

Apologies & Our Personality Differences

We know each of us is different; however, the degree of difference is clearly underestimated. We experience this whenever we exclaim we cannot understand why someone does something, whenever anyone gets thrilled or appalled over something we don’t. I once worked with a sales manager who found it incomprehensible that a sales person wasn’t motivated […]

Blank Slates No More

Part of what makes intuition so powerful is the assumption that we are born with personalities, talents and knowledge. Life then becomes the challenge to express them. For example, we are born knowing about the “opposite sex.” It’s only later in life we arrive at an understanding of it and the ability to verbalize it. […]

The Silent Revolution: Understanding Ourselves

As I had mentioned in The Rise of Intuition, the biggest advancement we’ll see in the next five to fifteen years will not be in biotechnology, cloud computing, medical treatments, alternative energy, personal computing devices or any other tangible technology. It will be in understanding ourselves as human beings. Technology and new research methodologies are […]

Smart Bombs & Twitter Clutter

Managing your Twitter account is like using smart bombs. No matter how smart the technology, you can never guarantee a good target unless a human evaluates it. In other words, you have to read tweets to determine who the good tweeters are; you can’t rely upon Twitter or the various Twitter-related applications to do it […]

Osama bin Laden’s Death: Intuitive Problem-solving Lesson

After watching PBS NewsHour’s analysis, “What’s Next for U.S. Military in Fight Against Al-Qaida?” which aired on Monday, May 2, 2011, I recalled an adage from a childhood story, “Sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight.” In the story, someone hid an incriminating letter in his apartment. Rather than a secret […]

When Best Technology Isn’t Best

Sometimes we become enamored with technology for its own sake, automatically assuming that the most advanced technology delivers the best. Since the U.S. military tends to be at the fore of technological implementation, observing how strategies and tactics change with technology can be instructive. Such is the case found in the article, “Air Power on […]