Archive | December, 2014

Latest on Optimism

31 Dec

Optimism is a powerful learned attitude, attitude = cognition + emotion, that predicts many successful life outcomes. Recently I came upon a TED video that is quite intriguing. It really is worth the time and is quite thought provoking, as is new research.

 

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Christmas 2014

25 Dec

Parenting To Managing

16 Dec

On occasion people ask “What’s the difference between parenting and managing?” after along pause I reply “Children are shorter.” This reply is neither entirely facetious nor does it apply to teenagers.

A recent interview in the New York Times provides explicit support for this proposition.

Could it be that women will eventually be shown to be better managers because they have more hands-on experience with children?

 

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Hanlon’s Razor

10 Dec

 

 

“In explaining any human shortcoming, the first tool I reach for is Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. The kind of stupidity I have in mind has nothing to do with ignorance or low IQ; in fact, it’s often the brightest and best informed who suffer the most from it.”

 

Seeing this quote I chuckled for at least two minutes. Hanlon’s Razor is a derivative of Occam’s Razor. A principle too many people violate. I particularly enjoyed learning that Hanlon was a real person and the law originates from a well known science fiction writer.

 

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A Little Midwestern Humor

3 Dec

Recently I was at a dinner party and one couple had just attended a high school reunion.  Reading the local weekly newspaper they discovered a column entitled Alban’s Album in the Ogden Reporter.  “Thank God for church ladies with typewriters” and for small weekly newspapers.  Here are a few of these bloopers from church bulletins:

“Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale.  It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Bring your husbands.

Miss Charlene Mason sang “I Will Not Pass This Way Again,” giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.  They need all the help they can get.

For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.

Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.

Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7pm.  Please use the back door.”

After that brief pause, back on task.  Excellent article in the NYTimes on hiring entitled Hearing the right notes from a candidate.

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