Hello? Anyone Home? Sounds Like A Recording

Polarized thinking means that you can’t see both sides of an issue. (Don’t forget that F. Scott Fitzgerald observed that the mark of true intellect is holding two opposing ideas in your mind at the same time.) It means that the individual will not listen to or evaluate other positions. For example, a great many people who believe we’re contributing to climate change, when faced with legitimate opposition, will simply call the other people “deniers” and disregard them. There is …


The Sky Is Falling. I Think. Maybe Tomorrow.

Look, I understand political outrage. I grok unhappiness when your candidate loses an election everyone merely assumed she’d win (which is exactly why she lost). I think Trump’s behavior, most of the time, is appalling. But I’d like to see people put as much time, energy, and investment into volunteerism, good deeds, business improvement, and family relationships as they do into their daily apoplexy over Trump. The election is over, there are no impeachable offenses (and petitions can’t impeach, only …


Work This Out

Does running in the morning improve physical fitness but reduce mental acuity? Immediately after a blizzard, with roads partially cleared but no sidewalks cleared, I find an occasional runner, outfitted in ski gear, and plodding along at a slow trot in heavy shoes. One slip and they’re under the wheels of a passing car. This isn’t fitness, it’s obsession, an addiction to adhering to a discipline despite the adverse consequences on a particular day. 2. In the club level lounge …


Do Me A Favor, Get A Life

Here’s what I received today from someone I don’t know: “I have a favor to ask. I (sic) trying to get my book on the Amazon bestseller list. Today only, I am selling a digital Kindle copy of my book XXXXXXXXX  for only 99¢. I am very proud of my book, I hope you can help me. Also, if you know others who would like a great business book, please forward this to them.” This is what it’s come to: gaming …


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.


Sticks and Stones

I’m sitting in my hotel in San Francisco listening to the ubiquitous happy talk early morning news, today on NBC. The “anchors” report stories about Trump, his advisors, and his wife with a deliberate and unmistakeable contempt, complete with snide intonation and skeptical body language. It’s as if someone were to say that the city will defy federal law and give sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Oh, wait, that’s what they are doing. Irrespective of one’s politics, this was and is …



The Sun Will Come Up Tomorrow (Though Some Will Critique It)

I was listening to the cast recoding of Annie in my car, and they sang “It’s A Hard Luck Life” later followed by the eternally optimistic “Tomorrow.” I long to be with those orphans if my choice were between them and the whining, sniveling crowd who want to bring down the Republic every time a personal interest or preference isn’t met and they don’t believe the rest of us—carrying on with our lives—pay them enough attention. Get over yourselves!


Wait, Which One of You is Mary?

I’ve been in Florida for a week watching ABC, NBC, and CBS in the Miami area in the mornings. I’m sure this goes on elsewhere, but it’s especially obvious here: All the news show women look alike. There is are usually a female co-anchor, a weather reporter, and a traffic reporter, leaving one male co-anchor on many occasions. The women all have about the same length hair, the same type of makeup (heavy on the eyes, lipliner) all wear dresses …