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The Five Cognitive Distortions Of People Who Get Stuff Done

Ever notice that some people get more things done than others? For years, the most popular explanation came from Steve Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey argued…
Do Underdogs Boost March Madness Ratings?

Do Underdogs Boost March Madness Ratings?

Do you have Florida winning the NCAA tournament? Here in the U.S. we are in the middle of March Madness. Even if you’re not a college basketball fan,…
Can We Cooperate Like Cockroaches?

Can We Cooperate Like Cockroaches?

Late last year, I wrote a blog describing an experiment in which rats demonstrated the selfless behavior typical of empathy. If these vilified rodents can exhibit the capacity…
man writes to-do list

The Psychology Of The To-Do List

In a world filled with electronic devices, I still get great satisfaction by crossing out items on a handwritten to-do list. In fact, I find that I am more likely to complete a task if I write it down…
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How Super Is The Super Bowl? 2014 Edition

With a final score of 43-8, Super Bowl XLVIII was widely considered to be not very super. To give you a sense of how non-competitive the game was, consider these two facts: The Seattle Seahawks spent a Superbowl record 59…
7 Common Sense Principles Of Leadership [VIDEO]

7 Common Sense Principles Of Leadership [VIDEO]

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to hear former NFL Head Coach Dick Vermeil talk about his seven common sense leadership principles. Coach Vermeil is eminently qualified to speak about leadership, as he was named Coach…
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How To Choose A Seat At A Restaurant

During the holiday season, many of us go out to eat more often than normal. While it’s gratifying to catch up with friends and colleagues over a meal, choosing where to sit at a table can be complicated and…
car salesman uses disruptive persuasion

Disruptive Persuasion

Remember the ‘but you are free’ technique? When you ask someone to do something, be sure to include the statement that they are free to choose to do it or not.  Adding this phrase doubles the likelihood they will do it. Davis…
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I Smell A Rat: Empathy In Business

In collaboration with author Gary Hamel and the Management Innovation Exchange (The MIX), SAP launched a crowd-source initiative which poses the question: What is the one thing you’d change to help organizations unleash and organize human potential across boundaries?
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Quotes About Failure

A few years ago I wrote a series of posts with quotes about Performance Management (Feb 2009, Sept 2009, May 2010). Last week the Global Language Monitor announced that ‘404’ and…