Category: Decision Making

“No” Is The Most Useful Word


If you don’t say “No” sometimes, then you cannot be sure that you can deliver on all of your “Yeses” Some time ago, I wrote about the problem with distant elephants.  Distant elephant problems are the ones where you agree to do something that… Continue Reading ““No” Is The Most Useful Word”

Hopeful


Hopeful is an important characteristic of successful people.  Hopeless not so much. Hopeful leads to confidence and patience and courage and discipline. It allows a person to reasonably invest their resources for a future benefit. Is it possible that children who do not succeed,… Continue Reading “Hopeful”

Why?


I am a proponent of not asking “Why?” Based upon new information I am prepared to reconsider. I believe that why is a bad question any time you are discussing someone’s actions or behavior.  People have automatic negative reactions.  Why did you not do… Continue Reading “Why?”

Want To Lose? Shake Up Your Team!


Change for the sake of change is an idea with profoundly negative associations for me. I don’t know where that started but it is very old. Now there is support for my view, from the Harvard Business School. In the December 2013 issue of… Continue Reading “Want To Lose? Shake Up Your Team!”

An Elegant Theory Is In Trouble


The cover of the May 2014 issue of Scientific American is stark. A simple question, “A Crisis in Physics?” While quantum theory and supersymmetry are both well outside my knowledge set, there is an interesting point within the article. Honest scientists do not try… Continue Reading “An Elegant Theory Is In Trouble”

Feedback Matters


In one respect the legal system has ceased working.  It takes too long.  It is like running in molasses.  People cannot wait forever for either validation or dismissal of their actions.  Feedback matters. Feedback shapes future, presumably better, action. In April 2014, an Ontario… Continue Reading “Feedback Matters”

Headlines Need Not Tell The Whole Truth


Are there many people out there that think hyperbolic commentary adds value?  I hope not.  But one that may still think so is Rob Carrick of the Globe and Mail. A recent piece entitled “Carrick on money: Six-figure shocker – your lifetime bill for… Continue Reading “Headlines Need Not Tell The Whole Truth”

The Most Serious Mistake


One of my favourite themes is that “Mistakes are your friends”  There are reasons to seek mistakes. Few are fatal and you probably know those before going in.  Try to avoid saying things like, “Hold my beer, I want to try something.” You cannot… Continue Reading “The Most Serious Mistake”

Decisions With Many Options


Having many options is worth nothing unless you use at least one of them.  Implementation is the only way to test. It is well documented that having too many choices is as likely to lead nowhere as is having none.  At somewhere around six… Continue Reading “Decisions With Many Options”

Have You Built A Better You?


“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”  Douglas Adams, The Long, Dark, Tea-time of the Soul. Life is not a linear problem.  The things you need to know today,… Continue Reading “Have You Built A Better You?”

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