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The “Big Three” Time Wasters in Business

The big three time wasters in business are emails, meetings and white tape, companies’ internal bureaucracies. All three aren’t new to most; however, what might be new is their severity. The problem isn’t just pain and suffering – our complaining. It’s also hard attacks on productivity. For instance, McKinsey found people spending 20% of their […]

The Small Importance of Big Data

Many small things are critical to big data. Yet, as history shows, revolutionary uses will surprise us. Our imagination lags far behind technology’s possibilities. We often see technology as replacers for existing tools and methods. Cells phones would replace landlines and payphones. They are but have also become mobile accessories of the internet and our […]

Better Forecaster of Future, Confidence or Prudence?

Who’s better at forecasting, the confident or prudent? So far, the prudent seem to be winning confidently. More decisively, those most confident tend to be most wrong. We have endured the wrong forecasts of pundits and experts without them experiencing any costs for their errors. Yet, Philip Tetlock ( University of Pennsylvania) highlighted this in […]

Problems with Science

The biggest problem with science are people, not only scientists but the people who fund, publish, cite and use it. As sharp as the scientific method (SM) is – the overarching process powering science and academic research – as a process of inquiry, unchecked human biases dull it as they do with any process. Supposedly, […]

Politeness as Dishonesty

Politeness softens the edge on our feelings but does so at the cost of cutting a good understanding of where we stand. If doing this purposely, are we dishonest? Early in our marriage, my wife showed me a wallpaper sample for our bedroom. I politely said I didn’t like it. The next day, returning from […]

Excessive Collaboration, “Let Me Do My Job!”

At the outset, great ideas succeed because there is adherence to their fundamental concepts, processes and techniques. Over time though, commercial pressures take hold. More become trained in them, including many less talented than the original advocates. Others find new markets by pushing the ideas beyond their original purposes. Eventually, the great ideas, with their […]

Power in Acknowledging Others

An executive reviews observations about an employee with a manager and concludes, “Tom, you need to support him by doing X, Y and Z.” Manager responds, “Yes, Nicole, I see that.” Another executive reviews observations about another employee with another manager, “Sam, I need you to support Mark here,” as she turns and looks at […]

Board War Games Superior to High-tech Simulations

Computer games have all but wiped out regular board games. Why then, do American military officials rely more on board games to analyze military strategies than on computer simulators? More pertinently, what are the business implications? “War Games” (The Economist, March 15, 2014 edition) highlights three reasons for the preference of board games over computer […]

Social Media, Email, Texting (SMET) Addiction

A SMET addiction exists for three reasons. First, it’s extremely hard to resist engaging, and SMET has potentially harmful effects, the second reason. Finally, SMET provides opportunities for denying an addiction. Social media is hard to resist because we enjoy sharing our stories. It stimulates the same reward systems as sex, food and money do. […]

Leadership, The Secret (Pt 8): Top Rule Violator

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Leadership - The Secret

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Leadership – The SecretWe often have idealized visions of leaders and leadership, treating them as universal goods where only bad people can make them bad. If we’re not leaders, we’re something less when viable, alternatives do exist. Nevertheless, an untold secret of leadership is that […]