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Now that's risky.

Are Men Bigger Risk Takers Than Women?

Most people (in America at least) would probably agree with the following statement: Men are bigger risk takers than women. Several research studies seem to have documented this. Researchers have asked people what risky behaviors they engage in (or would like to engage in). For instance, they might ask a randomly selected group of men and women whether they would like to jump out of an airplane (with a parachute). Men – more often than ...

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Happiness and Creativity

Happiness and Creativity

The 2017 World Happiness Report was released yesterday. The headlines today are all about Norway, which supplanted Denmark as the happiest country in the world. That's nice and I'm sure that Norwegians are celebrating today. But what intrigues me is the relationship between happiness and creativity. (See also here, here and here). In 2015, the Martin Prosperity Institute published the Global Creativity Index. Reviewing the two lists together suggests that the relationship between happiness and creativity is very ...

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Que te vaya bien!

Persuasion, Traffic, and Zebras

Let’s say that you’re the mayor of a big city that’s growing rapidly. Traffic jams last the entire day. Tempers fray and drivers become more and more aggressive. People ignore traffic laws. Pedestrians cross the streets whenever and wherever. Accidents happen constantly. Police can’t keep track of the chaos. You’ve tried cracking down with more police writing more traffic tickets. That only makes the drivers angrier. Traffic is constantly tangled. The air is increasingly ...

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Sure, you can park here.

Cherry Creek Parks Itself

The owners of Cherry Creek shopping mall recently shifted from social norms to market norms. They may have screwed themselves in the process. Cherry Creek is a huge shopping mall filled with upscale stores in a trendy neighborhood in Denver. The neighborhood is a traditional shopping district – filled with boutiques, salon, coffee shops, and restaurants -- that predated the mall. The neighborhood offers on-street, metered parking. When the mall opened, it offered 5,100 ...

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Trumping The Press

Trumping The Press

Is Donald Trump vilifying the press or playing the press? Take a recent example: someone leaked a draft memo to the Washington Post suggesting that the government will activate 100,000 National Guard troops to arrest illegal aliens. The Post printed the story and the reactions from both sides were predictable. The left was outraged that the government might do such a thing. The right pitched a hissy fit over leaks. But here’s another way to ...

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Emotions And Critical Thinking

Emotions And Critical Thinking

Let’s say you’re about to give an important speech to a large audience. You’re nervous and your palms start sweating. Which of the following statements is true? Your brain is nervous and communicates to your palms, telling them to sweat. Your body is nervous and uses sweaty palms to communicate to the brain, telling it to be prepared. I never really thought about this before I started teaching critical thinking. However, if you had ...

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The content on this website is divided into four areas: Strategy, Innovation, Brand, and Critical Thinking

  • Strategy — materials in this section focus on the definition of strategy, how to plan your strategy and achieve a consensus around it, and how to execute on your strategy.
  • Innovation — what is innovation and how does it differ from invention? How can you stimulate sustaining innovation? How can you spot a disruptive innovation and defend against it before it kills your business?
  • Brand — brand is in the eye of the beholder. You’ll need to communicate simple, consistent messages make the image crystal clear. You’ll also need to be persuasive. The materials in this section teach you all about it.
  • Critical Thinking – before you can improve your strategy and brand or stimulate innovation, you often need to improve your thinking. The materials in this section help you think about your thinking so you can improve it.
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