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Month / March 2019

The Final Book To Read To Become A Great Manager

How important is management, as a profession, to the overall success of an enterprise? Pretty important, I think. Especially as you scale upward. This means we need to train people to specialize in this work, right? After all, we train specialists in many other walks of life. Engineers, scientists, and artists. Managers surely need the […]

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Stories We Tell Ourselves

A writer far greater than myself once said we are pattern-seeking animals. But that’s not the story I want to tell; it’s not the story you want to hear, either. The notion that we simply seek out patterns, even when they don’t exist, makes for a very unsettling reality. Before you know it, we’re questioning […]

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A Higher Form of Procrastination

Steve Jobs hated Powerpoint. I understand why. He said it was the surefire sign that someone didn’t know what they were talking about. This seems apparent when you consider the poor soul who just reads words off the screen. But it’s also apparent when the presenter fails to shift their thinking once you take the […]

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Management Should Be Messy

There are many celebrated adages in the business world. Old chestnuts like, “The customer is always right.” Or adjacent notions like “It takes money to make money.” And when it comes to the management side of business, we often find people espouse the corporate ideal: “Our most important resource is our people.”   There is […]

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Love Your Data At A Distance

I have a deep love for data. It has an incredible ability to unmask the hidden truths of reality. So many discoveries come from the observations recorded in data and shared with the world. Consider its power to advance public health, as it happened with the world’s first epidemiological analysis in 1854. Then there’s the […]

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The Best Book for Becoming Decisive

Algorithms To Live By By Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Life is full of problems that are, quite simply, hard. And the mistakes made by people often say more about the intrinsic difficulties of the problem than about the fallibility of human brains. Best Line #2: … being aware of […]

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Bayes, Crime, and “Big Enough” Data

It’s funny how words, when used in different contexts, take on completely different meaning. Same spelling but different context. Thus a different meaning. Technically speaking, these are called homographs. For example: The term “axes” can mean either … (a) a plurality of a certain hand tool, or (b) a plurality of fixed reference lines for […]

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The Big Sort

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament began last night with a couple play-in games between two 16-Seeds and two 11-Seeds. This tournament is single-elimination. The winners advance to what is referred to as the official first round. The losers do not advance. They return home. 68 teams will compete this tournament over the next few weeks. […]

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Multitask Like Your Computer

The humble calendar is one of the most powerful tools on the planet. It powers all human coordination and gives shape to time itself. No other human creation is more global. It transcends the bonds of geography. Time differs from zone to zone. It’s 8:55 pm in Japan. It’s It’s 11:55 am in the UK. […]

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How To Fix Overthinking

The legendary football coach Vince Lombardi had his shares of wins and loses. Or so you would think. But he way of viewing such things. When asked about games where his team “lost”, he was fond of saying, “We didn’t lose the game. We just ran out of time.” This is a really great sentiment […]

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