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DNA Evidence Foolproof? NOT!

One of my pet peeves is our willingness to accept information offered up as solid fact without giving it a good smell test, without subjecting it to a healthy dose of skepticism, double checking, and…

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PopCap: Perverse Incentives and Humans: Know Thy Adversary

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) “Those of us who looked to the self-interest of the lending institutions to protect shareholder’s equity, myself especially, are in…

To whom much is given, much is required

To whom much is given, much is required. Every now and then my attitude of gratitude strongly kicks in and I begin to think of…

(2 of 3) Stephen R. Covey on Empowerment

Empowerment is the process of sharing knowledge, authority, and responsibility further down the organization than previously thought possible. The goal is to fully tap into…

Rational Assessments of Risk

We humans are a funny lot. We voluntarily take on significant risk when we “think” we are in control and frequently shun the mildest safety…

The Inevitability of Adversity…and the Benefits Thereof

I work in multifamily real estate, university housing to be exact. Real estate, along with our entire economy, has fallen on pretty hard times. We…

PopCap: A Free Enterprise Solution to Immigration

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) In spite of our recent problems with Wall Street run amok, most of us still believe in the power of…

Finding the Line: Small Improvements, Big Cumulative Impacts

Howard Schultz is the founder and CEO of Starbucks and evidently he likes to tell this story about milk: Starbucks uses a lot of milk.…

(1 of 3) Empowerment Revisited

In business, empowerment is “a broad delegation of authority and commensurate responsibility to positions and persons that traditionally have not enjoyed such latitude of action.”…

“A Rose By Any Other Name…”

Which phrase resonates more with you? Capitalism? Or free enterprise? Protectionism? Or isolationism? The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (a private organization) is about to launch…

GM’s Volt 230 mpg? NOT

Sorry, I couldn’t let this one pass! General Motors recently claimed, with the convenient connivance of the EPA, that its new plug-in electric vehicle, the…

PopCap: Unseen Choices: Defined Benefit vs. Defined Cost Health Care

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Many government programs are so-called “defined benefit”: “X” level of benefits will be provided regardless of the total cost. “Defined…

Hostile Interactions and Wound Healing

Wow! This is a mouthful of a title for a blog post: Hostile Interactions and Wound Healing. It is from the title of a study…

To Serve The Greater Good

Greed is not good. Ambition, yes. Enlightened, civilized, balanced self-interest, yes. A burning desire to achieve, a deep yearning to be the best, a fever…

Ryanair: No Service, No Apologies, No Problem! A Different Approach to Value

In general, I’m a BIG proponent of customer service, mainly because I think it is what people want, what they have a right to expect,…

A Soft Answer

A diligent young American studied Zen philosophy in Japan. So as to hone and discipline his body as well as his mind, he also studiously…

PopCap: “The right of the people to be secure…against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated…”

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,…

Best Advice I Ever Received: Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, Retired Four-Star General

An ambitious new second lieutenant approached an old general at the bar of the officers’ club (one of the few opportunities to jump rank) and…

Starlight Runner

Starlight Runner Entertainment is the name of a company that is a “hot commodity in marketing circles,” at least according to Business Week (May 25,…

“You are the way you are because…”

“You are the way you are because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you would be…

Thought Virus

What is a “thought virus”? It is a limiting belief. Any belief you hold that limits your ability to enjoy life, to live your life…