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A Chicken’s Body Temperature Is 144 Degrees

In Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman features one of my favorite experiments ever conceived. It involves the natural bias we all feel towards familiarity. As something becomes familiar to us, it becomes comfortable. That comfort reduces uncertainty and creates “cognitive ease.” Cognitive ease is a sign of firm understanding; it’s what allows us to […]

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The Best Book for Creating Change

Switch: How To Change When Change Is Hard By Chip and Dan Heath Rating 10/10 Best Line #1:  A trainer in California taught six elephants to stand in a line and urinate on command and they hadn’t even completed a Myers-Briggs. Best Line #2: There is no moment when a monkey learns to skateboard. There’s […]

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Can A High Performer Be A Great Manager?

“Great managers do not look for people who are easy to manage. They look for people who have the talent to be world class.” This is a line from this week’s featured book, the oldie-but-goodie titled “First, Break All The Rules” by Marcus Buckingham, et al. It is a book about the conventional manager, as […]

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A Fine Book for Playing The Game Better

Game Theory and Management By Michael Hatfield Rating: 7/10 Best Line:  The very best manager with 20% of the information needed to reach the best decision will be bettered by the poorest of managers who have access to 80% of the information needed. Funniest Line: It didn’t take me long to realize that the accountants […]

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In Defense of “That’s The Way We’ve Always Done It”

Imagine playing checkers with a friend. You’re red; he’s black. You’ve played against one another for years—winning some, losing some—and you know each other’s strategies pretty well. It’s a simple game, after all. Midway through the game, something very wrong happens. Your friend moves one of his pieces sideways. “Hey!” you say. “That’s not allowed! […]

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Playing The Game

“For when the One Great Scorer comes To mark against your name, He writes – not that you won or lost – But how you played the Game.” —Grantland Rice, Alumnus Football How you played the game. It seems that every kid hears the truncated version of expression after the first loss of their sporting […]

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The Best Book for Developing Influence

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change Rating 9/10 Best Line #1: You can never hope to engage people’s commitment if they don’t have permission to say no. Best Line #2: Diagnose before you prescribe. Anything else is malpractice. Influence Powers Successful Strategy Merriam Webster defines influence as follows: “to affect or change someone or […]

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How To Get People To Do Stuff

You can’t. You really can’t get people to do stuff. Not over the long-run, anyway. Even as a parent or a supervisor. There is just about nothing that you can make another person do. Thankfully, they can’t make you do anything either. Not really. One of the more important aspects of influence, true influence, is […]

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