Invisible Influence

We are explicitly and implicitly influenced daily, continually. A Times headline in response to the North Korean ballistic missile test: “Trump shows uncharacteristic restraint.” If it were Obama, the headline would have read: “Obama shows admirable restraint.” (Extrapolate this: “Obama walks on water!” “Trump can’t swim!” over the exact same supernatural event!) My guest at my April Consulting Convention is Jonah Berger, the author of Invisible Influence. It’s not so much “fake” news, it’s “editorial” news that we’re facing.

What the Election Can Teach Us

It may not be more complex than this: You win some, and you lose some, and some get rained out. But you have to suit up for them all. Winners shouldn’t gloat, losers shouldn’t whine. But we need to face the fact that “what is, is.” We ca’t lead our lives based on whatever we think “should have been.” That’s a fact in business and in our own growth. Deal with the facts and reality and you’ll do better than …

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Just because people die for something or some cause doesn’t mean they were right. Passion and zeal  are wonderful, but they need to be laced with pragmatism and intelligence. Logic makes us think, emotion makes us act. It’s usually not a good idea to exclude either. Never assume the other person is damaged just because they don’t agree with you, and don’t assume they’re inferior because they don’t subscribe to your particular standards. There’s a name for that practice: arrogance.