Optimism Redefined

Optimism Redefined

We’ve all heard of the question/expression: “Is the glass half empty or half full?” It’s an old idiom and one that I was not easily able to find the definitive origin for (in the limited time that I spent “Googling” the topic) but we all know the punch line to this question: That is, the supposed “pessimists” of the world see the glass as “half empty” and the supposed “optimists” of the world, of course, see the glass as “half full.” Read More »

Lose Like a Winner

Lose Like a Winner

As the latest poster boy for “corporate greed” – Martin Shkreli – continues to rack up headlines with his less than stellar behavior…I’m reminded of the various other losers disguised as “winners” in recent history such as, “Bernie” MadoffO.J. Simpson, Donald Sterling, etc., but rather than focus this post on that type of behavior I would instead like to focus on its opposite: That is, how to “lose like a winner.” Read More »

Cognitive Bias of the Week: Self-Serving Bias

Cognitive Bias of the Week: Self-Serving Bias

In my first “Cognitive Bias of the Week” (CBotW) post I discussed the “liking bias” in some detail and how this bias can play a role in shaping politics and business. In this second CBotW post I will be taking on the “self-serving bias” and, in particular, its effects on business. Read More »