Category: Education

Growing Competent People


Would you like to train strong sales people?  Strong advisers of any kind I suppose.  Could even be professionals.  Assuming you have a reasonable selection process, there are only a few things you need to reinforce. You cannot be a specialist in everything.  Pick… Continue Reading “Growing Competent People”

A Conclusion So Bad It Is Not Even Wrong


If you give someone an exam, especially a standard exam, that requires that the student repeat the right answers, then, based on the results, you will decide that today’s students are inept compared to their predecessors. While that is a possibility, it is more… Continue Reading “A Conclusion So Bad It Is Not Even Wrong”

What Am I Missing?


For the past 18 months or so I have been fascinated by the pundits, by news items like Occupy Wall Street, by the debate about the spread between rich and poor, by the decline of the middle class, by outsourcing and by the 1%… Continue Reading “What Am I Missing?”

Learning Is Better. (Sometimes)


You can acquire new information and skills in one of two ways. You can be taught or you can learn. Learning is active, being taught is passive. Which is better? Not an easy question and the answer, regardless of your choice, will not apply… Continue Reading “Learning Is Better. (Sometimes)”

Be Flexible, The World Is Changing


Sometimes we cannot understand the implications of things that are happening around us. We have too little information, we have no rules to govern the new situation, or we are not perceptive enough. Probably all three. In the late 1880’s Hiram Stevens Maxim invented… Continue Reading “Be Flexible, The World Is Changing”

Compound Interest – Yet Again


Last week I published a blog about a valuable work of art that I saw on the Antiques Roadshow. It had, in 55 years, grown in value from $88 to $90,000. My thesis was that most people don’t understand compound interest and coupled with… Continue Reading “Compound Interest – Yet Again”

Who Is Brene Brown?


I recently watch two TED presentations. A week later, they are still on my mind. I am beginning to act on what I learned. It is time for me to put away some old ways. This is what I observed: Brene Brown is a… Continue Reading “Who Is Brene Brown?”

Life Is Like Poker


A life plan should make early decisions that reduce the risk and the complexity of future decisions. In that respect it is like poker. Good poker players have several clear behavioral characteristics that are not shared with weak players. They do not play hands… Continue Reading “Life Is Like Poker”

Is 99% Good Enough?


The Mexican government recently stated that the country is 99% safe. Do statements like that have any value? Maybe. If I am capable enough to recognize that 100% safe is not possible anywhere, then I suppose 99% safe is pretty good. The problem is… Continue Reading “Is 99% Good Enough?”

On Keeping Up


Future Shock Happened a Long Time Ago. Setting the amount of human knowledge as one unit in the year 1, we find two units by about 1500, 4 units by about 1750 and 8 by about 1900. The progress accelerates sharply around here. 16… Continue Reading “On Keeping Up”

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