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It’s not the person

Fast Company recently carried a brief piece which described how what appears to be a personal shortcoming may obfuscate a problem situation. In psychology, they call it the Fundamental Attribution Error but the example they used is particularly poignant for many situations we’ve all seen. Have you experienced situations that seemed like “people problems” ……

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Do we need a Federal Escrow Fund?

I’m sure this will be a popular post … but set aside your emotions for a moment about the BP disaster… and consider the insistence by the federal government that an independent agency take over the claims resulting from the oil spill,  purportedly overriding BP’s authority, and that of the other 12 entities on board…

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John Wooden: Words to live by

The simplest things in life are free … and sometimes, it’s the simple things that make so much sense. Here is the simple creed that John Wooden, famed UCLA basketball coach whose winning record is unlikely to ever be surpassed, received from his father and carried in his wallet throughout his life: “Be true to…

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Any control freaks out there?

Those of you who are willing to admit …  or deserving … of wearing this crown have probably stumbled down the staircase more than once trying to exert your control over every fiber of the carpet beneath your feet. Researchers have found that when test subjects are even subliminally exposed to the name of a…

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Conference Calls not working so well?

Fast Company recently published a blog post called 10 Rules for Effective Conference Calls, which sounds about right … and I think you’ll agree that you’ve heard … or did … or thought … these same things yourself. OK, now let’s move to slide 5. Can everyone see this slide? (Slide with 12 rows of…

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The Misleading Meandering of Multitasking!

Many of you have seen my earlier posts – the Stanford research or the NY Times summary about how multitasking fails to increase our productivity … the very enemy it’s sworn to eliminate. In an HBR blog, Peter Bregman reports what he found when he did  NOT multitask for a week and discovered some lost…

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California still sharing space with whale pucky!

Like we need more bad news in or about California … but the Chief Executive organization’s survey of Best and Worst States for Business 2010 finds the Golden State’s golden egg is actually something else that’s been painted over … if you catch my drift. We’re not just last for 2010 – we’ve been #51…

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