Tag: communication

Truth or Not


There is a difference between true and factual.  Truth is from the real world.  Factual is a constrained model of reality intended to convey a different message than truth might convey.  I think that is what Steven Colbert means when he talks about “truthy”… Continue Reading “Truth or Not”

Statistics Matter


Sometimes statistics will be compelling enough to make decisions.  But not always.  Most people are not intuitive about statistics and what they mean and some have no clue at all.  For example. Headline says, “Smelling Roses Increases Probability of Horrible Disease #7 by 100%.”… Continue Reading “Statistics Matter”

Be Positive or B+


Suppose you are coaching a baseball team.  Suppose it is the last inning and the other team has the bases loaded with two out.  You are one run ahead. You head to the mound with the idea of clarifying everything for the pitcher and… Continue Reading “Be Positive or B+”

Go Ahead, Ask


When someone behaves irrationally, there is usually something that person knows that you do not and that information explains the apparent insanity.  Smart people ask. A black hat gunslinger appears in an old west salon and proceeds to down several bourbons.  Being a black… Continue Reading “Go Ahead, Ask”

Employee Review


Not many people like employee evaluation/performance review.  If you know what the person is supposed to be doing, then you can evaluate against the task requirements. Objectivity is always a plus. You might find the following helpful for the review of each element in… Continue Reading “Employee Review”

It’s Hard To Learn From Others


People have trouble accepting advice, learning from another’s experience, or being taught.  Why?  People value their own thoughts more highly than they value the thoughts of others. If a Martian watched us objectively he would notice that, if I want to know what you… Continue Reading “It’s Hard To Learn From Others”

On Communication


The high school where I passed my teenage years was small.  The result was that there were not enough players for the senior basketball team.  However, you need ten to practice so there was always someone who was not quite ready for the level… Continue Reading “On Communication”

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