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PopCap: Zero Tolerance = Institutionalized Stupidity

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) A six year old, excited about joining the Cub Scouts, “takes a camping utensil that can serve as a knife, fork and spoon to school.” Result? Expulsion under a zero…

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Don’t Be A Frog

You’ve heard the story of the frog that got boiled alive in a pot it could have escaped from, but failed to take action in…

The Courage To Say No

Tony Blair, the former British prime minister, said “Leadership is the art of saying no. Saying yes is easy.” Given limited resources, every yes is…

The Dangers of Being Different

Two interesting observations about humans: 1. If you are a few steps in front of the crowd, you are a leader. If you are miles…

Healthy Aging

Can you name the seven major factors that create a healthy old age, both physically and psychologically? According to the Grant Study of 268 Harvard…

PopCap: An Inconvenient Truth…About Solar Power

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post)  It turns out that solar power is a water hog. Yep, solar power, the poster child of the renewable energy movement,…

“…We never know what moment our lives will be judged on.”

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the U.S. Airways pilot who successfully “landed” an Airbus in the Hudson River, has a memoir due out in October 2009.…

Don’t Believe Everything You Read… Part 3

Americans devour polls. We just love to know what everybody else is thinking. We give weight and credibility to poll results, especially when they are…

“I Get So Mad When…” AKA Giving Away Your Personal Power

“I feel so ‘X’ when you do ‘Y’” or “I get so ‘X’ when ’Y’ happens.” We all make statements like this. I made several…

Candor: How Little We Get, How Much We Need It

We recently transferred a Team Member to a less-demanding position because, while he/she had terrific talents in many areas, this TM needed to work on…

PopCap: Health Care vs. Healthy Behavior: John F. Kennedy and the Presidential Fitness Award

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Some of the “easiest” savings in health care costs in America can come from Americans, as individuals and as a…

Don’t Believe Everything You Read (Part 2)

It amazes me what people will believe. Stock market data going back 200 years? I remember shaking my head in 1994 when Jeremy Siegel came…

A Guarantee is Only as Good as the Guarantor

I often shake my head in dismay when I read financial “advice” columns. So many important details are glossed over. An October 11, 2009, New…

“Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior”

I recently attended a book club gathering whose participants discussed “Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior,” by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman. “Sway” is…

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Life is constantly reflecting back to us. We often are most upset with others when we encounter the things we most fear or that bother…

PopCap: Prove the Savings First, Please

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits — either now or in the future.…

GNP vs. GNH (Gross National Happiness)

The Kingdom of Bhutan is attempting to calculate its GNH, its Gross National Happiness. And what is Gross National Happiness? Bhutan is a small country…

Good Intentions Are Not Enough

We have good hearts and we want to help. Unfortunately, at times our attempts to help, our interventions, can be ineffective and even backfire. Situations…

Exercise Makes You Smarter

Well, at least aerobic exercise does. To create new neurons and brain connections, “it appears that various growth factors must be carried from the periphery…

Face Blindness vs. Super Recognizers

Face blindness, or prosopagnosia, affects about 2% of the population. Prosopagnosia comes from the Greek: prosopon, or face, and agnosia, or ignorance. Face blindness refers…

PopCap: Perfectionism = Gridlock

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) So I was standing in line the other day watching one of those ubiquitous TVs that are supposed to make…

Power of Relationships: The Meaning of Gifts

We in America frequently live so far from the edge of true need that we sometimes forget the fundamental importance of relationships and how social…