Archive | January, 2014

Good News About Millennials

29 Jan


Victor Frankel and the word “meaning” are prominent in this NY Times optimistic article about the GenYs.  Victor Frankel wrote a book entitled Man’s Search For Meaning that demonstrated the power of belief, positive and negative, in influencing behavior. The first half of this book is an extraordinary example of existential philosophy aka expectations.

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Mary Poppins On….

22 Jan

 

 

Leadership, management and personal competence. At Christmastime, Disney Studios released a charming movie titled “Saving Mr. Banks.” The plot of this movie is the culmination of Walt Disney’s 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to “Mary Poppins” from P.L. Travers. The product of this plot is one fine movie, if you’re a Mary Poppins fan.  The story is a great metaphor, particularly for personal competence.  For more go to Mary Poppins On….

for a charming 3 minute video see Mary Poppins #1.

 

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Thinking Outside the (Big) Box

15 Jan

The New York Times Magazine is an interesting document.  Some years ago they had an article about the fact that the fewer fats we eat the more obese we become. The focus on weight loss was on fats, yet we evolved as hunter-gatherers i.e. meat and berries. Carbohydrates are like cocaine to people because they were rare in our evolving diet. What an obvious but important insight.

Here is an article about people in organizations that may also become an interesting and important insight.  Simply this: how you treat your employees is how they treat the customers.

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The Power of Three

8 Jan

 

Earlier this week there was an interesting article entitled The Power of Three in the NYTimes. The core idea is that in persuasion type communications the optimal number of claims is three and the addition of more will often reduce the effectiveness of the message.  It’s a fun read but the authors don’t seem to understand why this is the case. Aha! A perfect example of a phenomenon needing an explanation.  Of course the explanation comes from cognitive psychology: CHUNKing and KISSing aka how the human mind processes information.  Great communicators understand this intuitively.

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