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PopCap: Massive Stimulus = Massive Fraud

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) As the federal government prepares to flood the American economy with its multi-trillion dollar stimulus package, there are two things I know for sure: 1. Our grandchildren will resent us as…

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The Rashomon Effect

“Rashomon” is a classic 1950s black and white Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa. The movie depicts the (possible? probable?) rape of a woman and (apparent)…

$10.7 Million

$10.7 million is what Mayor Gavin Newsom calculates the city of San Francisco spends annually to clean up discarded cigarette butts from “gutters, drainpipes and…

“Endlessly Curious”

It is easy to say that life is a matter of how you look at it, that things turn out best for those who make…

PopCap: “Tax What You Burn, Not What You Earn”

 (A Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Al Gore said it and I’m supporting it: “Tax what you burn, not what you earn.” While I’m far from…

“Large Scale Waiting”

I’m reading Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” (sorry it took me so long to get to it, Oprah!) and learning how to be more…

“Just Three Things”

How much data can people realistically absorb? Particularly in a meeting or in a short time? There is a reason phone numbers are separated by…

“The Joys of Frugality”

There it was, right on the cover of Parade magazine in my Sunday hometown newspaper. An article titled, “The Joys of Frugality.” Finally. Being thrifty…

The Most Important Variable

How long would you wait for a treat? Researchers put four-year-old children, one at a time, in a small room with a treat (a toy,…

PopCap: “From Its Poorest Citizen”

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) At its best, being an elected official is a calling, a response to a sense of duty. There is an acute…

“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

We all have many roles we play in our lives. Two major roles of mine are businessperson and spiritual being. In one role I am…

Four Human Needs

– Love and belonging: Have people in our lives we care about and who care about us – Power and recognition: Respect of our peers,…

Our Actions Influence Our Feelings

Occasionally I hear people say, “I can’t help it. I just feel that way.” It turns out, we have more control over our emotions than…

Recency Bias

“Recency bias” is a tendency to give greater importance to more-recent events than to less-recent events. Recency bias is just another way of saying people…

PopCap: Excusitis

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) Excusitis is the unwillingness to accept responsibility for our actions and their consequences, either individually (the dog ate my homework, I…

You can’t lose what you never had

A Team Member spoke regretfully to me the other day: She was negotiating to sell a house, going back and forth with a potential buyer,…

Musings on Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership

Harvard Business Review’s September 2008 issue ran an article, “Social Intelligence and the Biology of Leadership,” by Daniel Goleman. The emphasis of the article was…

How to Get 15 Years’ Experience in 10 Years

Terry J. Lundgren, CEO of Macy’s, quoting his father’s advice to him (New York Times, April 12, 2009): “You just have to work harder. ‘If…

Trayless Dining

In one fell swoop, we are going to – conserve water – reduce food waste – save energy – save money, AND – combat obesity…

PopCap: Global Shame

(A Populist Capitalist Blog) The Marlboro Man is “pushing hard to boost global sales before U.S.-style tobacco restrictions spread… ramping up sales in overseas markets…