Better...

Better...

Have you ever suspected there must be a better way to do something? In this series, we explore topics like communication, thinking and decision-making, happiness and habits, and more. I give you concrete tools you can use to continuously improve over time.
May
13
Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

Whom Would You Vote To Banish? (Newsletter 046)

If you want to preserve harmony in society, while still maintaining democratic values, what better way than periodically reminding people that their behavior has consequences?
5 min read
May
04
I Wish America had a Volume Button

I Wish America had a Volume Button

Our very attempts to escape the noise constantly around us have led to ever-escalating calls for our attention.
5 min read
Mar
18
Try Not Telling People You're An Expert (Newsletter 038)

Try Not Telling People You're An Expert (Newsletter 038)

The high expectations of others are valuable if we force ourselves to live up to them. But beware of giving in to the temptation to believe others' expectations without doing the hard work necessary to earn them.
6 min read
Mar
04
How To Reliably Identify A Fool (Newsletter 036)

How To Reliably Identify A Fool (Newsletter 036)

Much of success in life comes from choosing the right pursuits at the right time.
5 min read
Feb
18
Can You Think Your Way To Success? (Newsletter 034)

Can You Think Your Way To Success? (Newsletter 034)

One of the spookiest things I ever did was write down on a single piece of paper a number of life goals.
7 min read
Feb
11
Advice For New Managers: Develop Principles (Newsletter 033)

Advice For New Managers: Develop Principles (Newsletter 033)

Advice from individuals, journalists, and experts is more than not useful. It's downright harmful, at least in the sense that it distracts you from focusing on what you could be more profitably doing.
5 min read
Dec
31
Who Can Freely Speak Their Mind? (Newsletter 027)

Who Can Freely Speak Their Mind? (Newsletter 027)

Every senior manager and CEO I know is (typically rightly) paranoid that they are getting bad information from their subordinates. One reason you see CEOs asking multiple people the same question is that they are trying to triangulate the truth through a thicket of self-interested answers.
7 min read
Dec
07
If You Ask The Wrong Questions...

If You Ask The Wrong Questions...

Because we do not like feeling uncomfortable, our natural tendency is to seek out information that conforms to our existing beliefs and to ignore conflicting information.
6 min read
Dec
03
How To Implement A Project With Lackluster Management Support (Newsletter 023)

How To Implement A Project With Lackluster Management Support (Newsletter 023)

Telling a hapless manager that ensuring top management support is a critical success factor for their project is more than unhelpful. It's a bit like saying, "OK, first ensure a perpetual source of cheap, clean, renewable energy...."
6 min read
Nov
11
040 - On Composure - Moral Letters for Modern Times

040 - On Composure - Moral Letters for Modern Times

Just as the glib speaker fools the lazy listener, so we mistake fervor in argument for conviction, and conviction for correctness.
2 min read