Which burger would you prefer to eat?

One that says it has 75% less fat or an identical one that says it has 25% fat. Most would choose the one with the 75% less fat.  What’s more is that we might even be tempted to say that it tastes better! Even though we might not be conscious about most of them, we make up to 200 decisions every day just about simple … Continue reading Which burger would you prefer to eat?

Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

Banyans are among the world’s largest and longest-living trees, and have come to symbolize strong, stable leadership in South East Asian culture. In this  Harvard Business Review post, I encourage leaders to act more like the dandelion, a small weed that lives an unremarkable, fleeting life. From conventional reasoning, you’d be hard pressed to find a management guru who would recommend that we lead like dandelions. Yes, … Continue reading Why the Lowly Dandelion Is a Better Metaphor for Leaders than the Mighty Banyan

The seductive illusion of choice

“You can have any car you want, as long as it is black” – Henry Ford These famous words by Henry Ford in 1942 exemplified the industrial age, during which innovations in automation drove unprecedented advances in mass production, making it possible for to manufacture products that were once too complex and expensive, and deliver them to scale for the masses at an affordable price. … Continue reading The seductive illusion of choice

Are we becoming Information Rich, but Knowledge Poor

The echo chamber is one of the more surprising evolutions of our connected age. It is defined as a virtual digital-social arena which enables anyone with to present and amplify their views with other like-minded individuals without obstruction. Within this chamber, continuous repetition of these ideas bounce off of and reinforce each other at an exponential pace. The amplitude of the echo grows drowning out non-conforming or dissenting views, tending toward creating a single, potentially polarizing point of view about a specific issue or a topic. Continue reading Are we becoming Information Rich, but Knowledge Poor

Choke Point: How to make critical decisions when under pressure

With more attention than ever before on sports and athletic performance, I find myself intrigued by why some athletes are able to consistently perform extraordinarily well under high-pressure while others don’t.  Is it just because they’re more skilled and better trained?  Are they trying harder? Are they taking more (or fewer) risks? Or maybe they just have an innate, God-given gift to make the right … Continue reading Choke Point: How to make critical decisions when under pressure