The Missing Ingredient in Decision-Making Frameworks

The Missing Ingredient in Decision-Making Frameworks

No one knew how Napalm was going to behave in a real-world battle. It was clear from the scientific tests that this stuff was crazy. You couldn’t have invented a better flammable material if you tried. The Allies in WWII used Napalm in Japan with devastating results. 67 cities were burned down over six months. …

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Learning to Train Your "Gut Feeling" With Data

Learning to Train Your “Gut Feeling” With Data

Beethoven is one of the most well-known musicians in history. His name has become synonymous with classical music, and we have all heard one of his songs though perhaps we didn’t know it.  What may surprise you is that Beethoven started going deaf when he was 30 years old. By the time he was 45, …

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"It's Basic Statistics" or Why We Fear Unlikely Possibilities

“It’s Basic Statistics” or Why We Fear Unlikely Possibilities

I was recently engrossed in a conversation (close to the argument) with someone about COVID-19 vaccines. Specifically, we were talking about the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been linked to blood clots. To the other person, the blood clots were extremely worrying and showed that these vaccines were rushed. I thought these side effects were expected, …

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Why Governments Struggle to Make the Right Decisions for COVID-19

Why Governments Struggle to Make the Right COVID-19 Decisions

As Easter passes us by, it’s hard to imagine anyone who would have thought that we would be in the situation we are in. Many countries and cities are going back into lockdown as they struggle to deal with COVID-19 variants and most are trying to ramp up vaccine delivery as quickly as possible, hoping …

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Why You Should Wear the Same Outfit Every Day

Why You Should Wear the Same Outfit Every Day

Steve Jobs started wearing his trademark outfit because he fell in love with uniforms when visiting Japan in the early 1980s. He felt that uniforms provided a sense of unity and community, but the rest of the Apple staff didn’t accept the idea. Instead of scrapping it, he adopted it for himself.  Steve Jobs’s trademark …

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Behind the Decision: Patriots vs Seahawks Super Bowl 49?

Behind the Decision: Patriots vs Seahawks Super Bowl 49?

I’m working on a new book for early 2022 on how anyone could make better decisions. One of my favorite sections in the book is calling “Behind the Decision,” where I take a deeper look at famous choices.  In this example, I look at Patriots vs Seahawks Super Bowl 49 and the infamous decision towards …

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