6 04, 2013

The benefit of errors


I have been reading a series of books about what at first appeared to be unrelated topics. Neuroscience, talent (or the lack thereof), checklists, decision-making, and high performance teams. While not a common theme on the face of each book – an underlying principle in all of them is the importance of mistakes and errors.

The benefit of errors2018-07-06T08:59:19+00:00
31 03, 2013

People who influence us


Nassim Taleb, philosopher As you will see in this post, we like TED talks.  However, we like Nassim Taleb even more. And despite the fact that Nassim gave a talk at the 2008 TED conference, you will not find it on the web.  Maybe because he has accused TED of ‘intellectual dishonesty and lack [...]

People who influence us2019-02-14T09:41:26+00:00
28 02, 2013

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism


It is quite easy to get approval if we ask enough people, or if we ask those who are likely to tell us what we want to hear. The likelihood is that they will say nice things rather than be too critical. Also, we tend to edit out the bad so that we hear only [...]

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism2017-11-20T07:52:20+00:00
8 07, 2012

The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely


How we lie to everyone – especially ourselves. Dan Ariely ‘Behavioural economics’ is basically the study of how humans really act, as opposed to how we think we act, or think we should act. Most of Western philosophy and social science (including law) is based on the notion that we are ‘rational’ [...]

The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty, by Dan Ariely2017-11-20T09:35:57+00:00