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Be Certain About Your Uncertainty

Be Certain About Your Uncertainty

Of all the traits you could develop, which one might have the biggest impact on your achievements? Some studies and surveys have identified a single candidate above all. It happens to be correlated with higher performance across the board, in school, at work and for...

You’re Not my Stereotype

You’re Not my Stereotype

In the midst of the Raptors’ run to the NBA championship, Jimmy Kimmel sent a remote crew to downtown Toronto. An interviewer urged pedestrians to trash talk the Golden State Warriors. On his talk show, Kimmel aired some of the responses: “We don’t do that here.” “We...

Why Would a Brand Kraft a Lie?

Why Would a Brand Kraft a Lie?

What should you do if you mess up baking a cake? Here’s what a BBC food blog advised. One finalist in The Great British Bake Off show suggested that you can either flip the cake upside down, or disguise the cracks with a topping. “A liberal covering of frosting,” she...

What Do Muppets, Infomercials and Brexit Have in Common?

What Do Muppets, Infomercials and Brexit Have in Common?

I just read an article in The Atlantic about the practice of parents who post photos of their kids on social media. The author mentioned taking a shot of his 6-year-old, who was wearing a homemade superhero costume. The son declared: “Don’t put that online!” He...

Three Notes for D-Day

Three Notes for D-Day

Seventy-five years ago, on the eve of what was arguably the most momentous day of the 20th century, a general wrote two notes. Leadership is about action, not words. But the words that leaders select speak volumes. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the Supreme Allied...

Is it Okay to Yell “Wow!” in a Crowded Theatre?

Is it Okay to Yell “Wow!” in a Crowded Theatre?

Here’s something you don’t see at the symphony: crowd members holding up lighters or phones. There’s a certain decorum expected at classical music concerts. Unlike at rock shows. Audiences have a different way to convey their appreciation, with polite applause at...

Library Appreciation is Long Overdue

Library Appreciation is Long Overdue

In any community, buildings get re-modeled and re-purposed all the time. It’s a sign of the times, though not always a sign of progress. Any time I walk by a certain location of a chain coffee shop, I recall how in a former life it was an indie bookstore. I spent...

Three Your Mind

Three Your Mind

Part 1 Happy May. Here are a few things I learned about mayday. Not May Day – that would be a traditional spring holiday in many cultures, or International Workers’ Day, both on May 1st – but mayday as in the standard distress signal. It has nothing to do with the...

Why the Number of Books You Accumulate Speaks Volumes

Why the Number of Books You Accumulate Speaks Volumes

It will take me at least five years to read all the unread books on my shelves. More likely, 10. Probably even longer. That’s what I figured after doing a rough count. What prompted me was an essay in the New York Times called “All Those Books You’ve Bought but...