Help Me Out, Here

If one’s position is that people should not base their decisions, actions, and behaviors on religious beliefs, especially in the workplace and political choices, shouldn’t those same people holding those positions be outraged and on the front lines of opposition to radical Islam, which advocates killing everyone else in the name of religion? Is the 23rd Psalm on a school wall, or the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before an event, more harmful to others than a jihadist with a …


Why Crime Rates Are Down and People Are Unhappy

Major crime in the U.S. is dramatically down from a decade ago across the board. New York remains the safest city of its size in the world. So why are so many people complaining about crime? Why are the politicians making it a major campaign theme? It’s because of a phenomenon I call Unsatiation. Crime is down, people realize it can be successfully diminished, so they want constant diminishment, even though a goal of “no crime” is ridiculous. But we …


Why Bureaucratic Insanity Is Redundant

Most of you reading this have financed a home or car, or refinanced at some point in your lives. If you’ve done this in the past several years, you know that the forms required are voluminous, with everyone engaged in CYA. In fact, there are forms to sign to prove that you’ve read and signed the other forms. But this is all forgery of a type, tasks over result, not at all ensuring what was intended. Most of the time …


Call Paul Krugman, I Think I’m Too Happy

Paul Krugman is an economics professor, Times op ed columnist, and frequent talk show participant. He is liberal and once was interesting. Now he’s apparently not satisfied unless every elected and appointed office in the country is held by a Democrat. Trump must be like the monster under the bed. Lately he’s become so cynical that a cure for cancer would be troublesome for him because of all the problems he’d come up with. This morning he took pains to point …


Set Me On Fire

Once again, we see people insufficiently motivated to walk across Tony Robbins’s hot coals without getting burned and, in fact, needing hospitalization. Poor Tony, he’s facing more and more weak people. (http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/world/more-than-30-people-burned-in-tony-robbins-hot-coals-walk/ar-AAhAtzI?li=AAggFp5) On a more serious note, when will we make it illegal to use spurious developmental scams with no validation or pragmatic use—be they hot coals or sweat tents or holding your breath—that can cause serious physical and psychological harm and, in some cases, even death?


The World’s Stupidest Man

The commercial for beer talks about the “world’s most interesting man” as I recall. Million Dollar Maverick shot to #705 on the combined Amazon rankings, and #1 in two different categories in both hard copy and Kindle. It was rated a “#1 new release” by Amazon, and has sold over 5,000 copies in it’s first few days after official release in addition to the pre-release, advance sales. Feedback about the book has been outstanding. One guy writes me to say that …


Good News/Bad News

The statistics announced this morning from an industry source claim that four out of ten small businesses plan to hire staff in the months ahead. (Small businesses are the sole creator of net new jobs; large companies tend to replace or reduce staffs.) Their biggest challenge? They can’t find qualified people with the skills and attitudes needed for success. I don’t feel the need to comment further.


Haircuts (Step Away from the Scissors)

I’m having my hair cut and the customer in the adjoining chair is telling her beautician that she’s quite a successful consultant. And she’s explaining that in a voice that wouldn’t be allowed in a library. (My hairdresser is smiling because she knows what I do.) Here’s the conversation: Me: You’re a consultant? What kind? Her: Yes, and I work with whomever needs me. Me: What is your expertise? Her: People. Me: Productivity, performance, selection, wellness? Her: Anything. Me: Have …


High Speed, Low Service

I’ve traveled in first class on the high speed trains in the UK, France, Spain, and Italy. They all go faster than the US Acela, which can reach 186 MPH in theory, but usually only hits about 150 MPH and then only on limited stretches of track. (To give you a comparison, my Bentley is rated at 205 MPH, and let’s just say I know it can go over 150 without breathing hard. It’s faster than the train without traffic.) …


Pick Up the Check

I’ve had people in my workshops order internet in the conference room so they had access and attempt to put it on my bill! I’ve had people who ordered special food—lattes, or eggs—to augment what I was offering, and charge it to me. I had one guy, who thankfully left my community for good when he was ostracized, try to order Louis XIII when I offered after-dinner drinks on one occasion (it goes for $250 a glass). I’ve seen people …