Positive Thinking is Great BUT…

Positive Thinking is Great BUT…

On September 30th, 1938 British Prime Minister – and noted “positive thinker” – Neville Chamberlain gave the now infamous speech to the British people in which he declared – after having secured Adolph Hitler’s signature on the “Munich Agreement” (which the Czechs still refer to as the “Munich Betrayal”): “My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.” A little less than one year later, Nazi Germany invaded Poland (September 1st, 1939) and so began World War II (though, in actuality, the war had begun months if not years before). Read More »

We’ll Know Our Species is in Trouble When…

We’ll Know Our Species is in Trouble When…

Those of you who’ve seen the movie “The Imitation Game” are at least vaguely familiar with Alan Turing – the British mathematician, cryptanalyst and all around SUPER genius who was instrumental in engineering a “bombe” that was eventually capable of cracking Nazi communication ciphers (generated by their “Enigma machine”) during WWII. (Benedict Cumberbatch gives an outstanding performance of Turing in the movie, by the way…I don’t know how historically accurate the movie is with respect to Turing’s supposed Aspergian traits but, regardless, it is worth watching.) Read More »

The Tao of “Employee First”: Servant Leadership

The Tao of “Employee First”: Servant Leadership

A few weeks back when I began this “Like a Boss” series I introduced (not “invented”…I’m just a humble messenger) the concept of “Employee First” organizations and I said that I would elaborate on this idea in the subsequent series post and I will do that here…but first…a story… Read More »

Cognitive Bias of the Week: Liking Bias

Cognitive Bias of the Week: Liking Bias

I’m taking a left-turn this week from the “like a boss” mini-series that I began a couple of weeks ago in favor of starting another mini-series that I’m calling “Cognitive Bias of the Week”. (Clever titles are indeed my writing forte!) Feel free to Google “cognitive bias”…you’ll find a ton of definitions out there but I think the simplest definition is that they are a sort of “mental shortcut” that all of us use on a daily basis so that we don’t have to think too hard about any particular subject or situation. (Some definitions that you’ll find on the web stress the “irrationality” of cognitive biases but this is just plain mistaken…cognitive biases may or may not lead to irrational behavior but they are in no way a shorthand for irrational behavior.) Read More »