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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 8 in the series Leadership - The Secret

This entry is part 8 of 8 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 […]

Introverts More Honest?

The idea that introverts are more honest than extroverts comes from two assertions. First, studies find that “the more reflective [people] are, the more honest they become” (“Time Is Not Money” [The Economist, October 5, 2013 edition]), and second, introverts are more reflective than extroverts are (more [page 2]). So, it seems that all else […]

Honest Time, Dishonest Money

Dozens of studies have indeed shown that people primed to think about money before an experiment are more likely to lie, cheat and steal during the course of the experiment (“Time Is Not Money” [The Economist, October 5, 2013 edition]). In this sense, as the article’s title clearly states, time is not money. Yet, another […]

Left-brain, Right-brain, More Symbolic than Actual

What we’re learning about our brains and ourselves is accelerating and challenging functional and personality models. One of those models is left-brain, right-brain in which one side dominates: those using the left more are more cognitive, the right more intuitive. As discoveries mount, we’re learning this is more symbolic than actual. As reported in “Vive […]

Leadership, The Secret (Pt 3): Leader as Actor

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Leadership - The Secret

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Leadership – The SecretNo matter how authentic the leader, people will perceive that authenticity in the way they want. Thus, our authenticity will have many hues, some liked, some disliked. Some will even dislike that we are authentic. Therefore, our leadership development is very incomplete […]

Science, Its Irrational Aspects

Irrationality enters science when people either operate the scientific method or are its subjects. Scientists are not immune to pressures, biases and subjectivity. Despite humor to the contrary, they are human. Moreover, people as subjects of experiments are so different that any one individual could respond quite differently from an experimental group. Finally, money greatly […]

Objective Value, Experts as Masters of Illusions

Often, when unsure about value, we defer to experts. Experts are often leaders, so they bring leadership’s dark side with them: followers allowing leaders to do the thinking for them. Thus, experts will often set anchor to the value and price of things in our minds without us even trying to establish them for ourselves. […]

Top Emotion Aroused by Facebook

The top emotion aroused by Facebook is envy a study found led by Ethan Kross (University of Michigan) and Philippe Verduyn (Leuven University) (reported by “Get a Life!” [The Economist, August 17, 2013 edition] and by Travis Riddle in “Scientists Show Facebook Is a Downer” [Scientific American]). Consequently, they conclude that “Facebook use continues to […]