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Writing is an art. Publishing is a business.

March 23, 2020


In virtually every endeavor there exists these two elements, the joy of human creativity, and the economics of human behavior (business). Which one you intend to pursue will determine what strategies you deploy and what outcome(s) you achieve. How you relate the two will determine your organizational ethics and values. Make them neither an idol […]

Emotions are expensive.

March 10, 2020


Binging. Splurging. Compensating. To hell with it. Wanna save money? Put your frontal cortex in charge of your budget, not your amygdala.

Blame is an abdication of responsibility.

January 1, 2019


We must first distinguish between “blame” and a rational analysis of causality. Once you’ve done that, if you hear someone use blame as the rational analysis, you’re listening to someone who has given up power; the power to change, make a difference, or the authority to influence. Blame is ultimately an abdication of responsibility. The kind of person […]

Grow by the collective. Govern like a company.

March 18, 2018


Another paradox of expansion and growth, illuminated by this quote by Kevin Kelly, The dream of many companies is to graduate from making products to creating a platform. But when they do succeed (like Facebook), they are often not ready for the required transformation in their role; they have to act more like governments than […]

Most problems are actually solutions to other problems. Therefore, don’t deal with problems, deal with finding better solutions.

March 31, 2017


Consider the problem of procrastination. Procrastination is not the problem. Procrastination is the solution to a bigger problem, be that fear of accomplishment, or the absence of discipline. Consider the problem of arguing with a loved one. Arguing is not the problem. Arguing is the solution to the problem of a failure to communicate, or of deep pain […]

Stress is experienced when demands exceed resources.

February 3, 2017


Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that “demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.” In less formal terms, we feel stressed when we feel that “things are out of control”. A healthy response to stress, then, is to focus on decreasing demands, or increasing […]