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PopCap: CEO 101: Manage Appearances, Ignore Reality

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) A new study of 1,300 corporate bosses, board directors, and analysts found that CEOs frequently “responded to negative appraisals from Wall Street by managing appearances rather than making changes that…

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30 Methods of Influence: #1 Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing

“30 Methods of Influence” By Stephen Covey 1. Refrain from saying the unkind or negative thing, particularly when you are provoked or fatigued. In these…

Getting Past the Past

The mental game is a huge part of success in life. A little bit of self-confidence can take you a long way. Much confidence comes…

What Are You CEO Of?

Mark Pincus, founder and chief executive of Zynga, a provider of on-line social games, talks about scalability of organizations: “You can manage 50 people through…

“Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars: Destroying the Barriers that Turn Colleagues into Competitors,” by Patrick Lenocioni

Patrick Lenocioni is a business writer who specializes in using fables, or stories, to get his point across. His books are generally quick reads and…

PopCap: Big Brother Can Be a Bully

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Society should not pick on the weak or the less fortunate and most certainly we should not allow them to…

“Don’t Believe Everything You Think”

“Don’t believe everything you think” is an important admonition on the importance of living an examined life, on the necessity of keeping an open mind,…

“Excuses Begone!” by Wayne Dyer

“EVERYONE has lifelong, debilitating excuses that we mostly subconsciously cling to and that often manifest as a tributary of fear, stymying the fulfillment of our…

“Fascinate,” Sally Hogshead Style

“Fascinate” is a new book by Sally Hogshead. Part marketing tips, part self-help, I found the book an easy, entertaining read in the style of…

PopCap: Einstein and CEO Pay

  (Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Who creates the real value in American companies? Is it the average worker? The at-risk capital of the shareholders?…

The Path to Happiness: Cliffs Notes Version

1. Secure the basics: food, shelter, safety, security, good health. 2. Have stable relationships that matter: connection, companionship, communication, community. (We humans are social creatures.…

Everything You Say is an Affirmation

Everything you say is an affirmation, a statement of belief that your body and mind hear, respond to, and attempt to fulfill, make true. Your…

Learned Optimism and Explanatory Styles

“Learned Optimism” is a book by Martin Seligman that I read about 15 years ago and have since counted among my favorites. Dr. Seligman, who…

PopCap: The Non-Apology Apology

(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post) Sorry seems to be the hardest word for some people to say and even harder to really mean. The resulting…

The Secret of Happiness is…

Connection. When we feel connected to others, we are most content, most happy. One terrific way to connect? Commit! “People who commit to relationships are…

The Grass is Greener on the Other Side of the Fence Because…

We all know that more money does not automatically translate into more happiness. Unfortunately, that knowledge tends to be an abstract, intellectual one. Too often…

True Cost

   Do you ever wonder what the true costs of things are? How much does it really cost to manufacture and assemble something? How much…

The Scientific Method: Beliefs vs. Verifiable Facts

How do we know what is true? How do we resolve our doubts? In the physical world, we use the scientific method. At its most…