50 Philosophy Classics: A book review by Bob Morris

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50 Philosophy Classics: THINKING, BEING, ACTING, SEEING – Profound Insights and Powerful Thinking from Fifty Key Books Tom Butler-Bowdon Nicholas Brealey Publishing (2013) The study of philosophy has as its purpose to know…the truth about the ways things are.”

NUMBERSENSE: A book review by Bob Morris

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NUMBERSENSE: How to Use Big Data to Your Advantage Kaiser Fung McGraw-Hill (2013) How to cope with an information blizzard that has become a data tsunami I agree with an observation by Mark Twain: “Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli […].

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HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Making Smart Decisions: A book review by Bob Morris

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HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Making Smart Decisions Various Contributors with Editors of Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review Press (2013) Learn why bad decisions happen to good managers — and how to make better ones This is one in a series of volumes that anthologizes what the editors of the Harvard Business Review consider [.].

How to Make Better Decisions

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A remarkable aspect of your mental life," says Daniel Kahneman, "is that you are rarely stumped." "Why do we have such a hard time making good choices?" ask Chip and Dan Heath in Decisive. "A

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Maria Konnikova: An interview by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries "a pink elephant world” Always start with an empty slate “Artful Choice” “Lessons from Sherlock Holmes” Basil Rathbone “Literally Psyched” column “Whether you think you can or think you can‘t [comma] you’re probably right” Be in the moment Be present Big Think Charlie Rose show on PBS Columbia University Daniel Gilbert Daniel Kahneman Thinking Fast and Slow Don’t split your attention by multitasking Dr. John H.

Focus on the Goal, Not the Problem


They get caught in what Daniel Kahneman calls System 1 thinking: fast, instinctive, and emotional. by Gary Cohen Focus on the Goal, Not the Problem. When I first meet with clients, they tend to want to focus on their current state (or the organization’s) and specific challenges.

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After a Blizzard, What's a Fair Price for a Shovel?

Harvard Business Review

On the surface, these results don't appear to synch with those reported by Daniel Kahneman, Jack L. In a Canadian telephone survey, Kahneman et al.

Managing “Atmospherics” in Making Decisions

Harvard Business Review

One offshoot of the fast-advancing research in neuroscience is the growing body of literature on decision-making.

The Hidden Indicators of a Failing Project

Harvard Business Review

Daniel Kahneman, in his book Thinking Fast and Slow , recounts a bit of a planning pickle he and his Israeli Ministry of Education colleagues encountered when estimating how long it would take to complete a high school textbook on judgment and decision making. Even more concerning was the fact that until Kahneman prompted his colleague, “there was no connection in his mind between his knowledge of the history of other teams and his forecast of our future.”

How to Influence People with Your Ideas

Harvard Business Review

Daniel Kahneman offers a complex theory of thinking but also gives practical guidance on how to make better decisions — as a result his latest book has received a great deal of attention. One of my young clients, let''s call her Julie, is on a mission.

The F-35 and the Tradeoff Fallacy

Harvard Business Review

First developed by Danny Kahneman and Amos Tversky in 1979, the planning fallacy simply states that people will consistently underestimate how long a task will take even when they have experience with similar tasks taking longer than expected.

Does Money Really Affect Motivation? A Review of the Research

Harvard Business Review

In a widely cited paper , Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton reported that, in the U.S., How much should people earn? Even if resources were unlimited, it would be difficult to stipulate your ideal salary.

The CEO Who Led a Turnaround Wearing a Helmet

Harvard Business Review

Paul’s advice echoes Nobel Prize Winner Daniel Kahneman’s findings about the virtues of “thinking slow” – switching gears from a fast, automatic and mindless mode to a laborious, reasoned, deliberative, and conscious mode of thinking. One of the key lessons that Huggy Rao and I learned from studying scaling up excellence is that, to spread new ways of thinking and acting, just talking about the importance of new beliefs and behaviors isn’t enough.

The End of Economists' Imperialism

Harvard Business Review

Two years later, in 2002, the co-leader of that invasion, Princeton psychology professor Daniel Kahneman, won an economics Nobel (the other co-leader, Amos Tversky, had died in 1996). "By almost any market test, economics is the premier social science," Stanford University economist Edward Lazear wrote just over a decade ago. The field attracts the most students, enjoys the attention of policy-makers and journalists, and gains notice, both positive and negative, from other scientists.".

3 Ways to Make Less Biased Decisions

Harvard Business Review

In March 2013, a U.S. As Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman said: “The odds of limiting the constraints of biases in a group setting rise when discussion of them is widespread.”

How to Regain the Lost Art of Reflection

Harvard Business Review

Brain science, popularized in Daniel Kahneman’s book , has shown that this type of “slow thinking” is negatively correlated with “fast thinking,” as might be employed when driving a car or solving a simple sum. By the end of 2013, emails were reduced by 60%. A famous but possibly apocryphal tale about Albert Einstein is that he dreamed up the theory of relativity when riding his bicycle.

Ethical Consumerism Isn’t Dead, It Just Needs Better Marketing

Harvard Business Review

billion in the US alone in 2013 according to Charity Navigator). Ethical consumerism is the broad label for companies providing products that appeal to people’s best selves (for example, fair trade coffee or a purchase that includes a donation to a charitable cause).

Why Those Guys Won the Economics Nobels

Harvard Business Review

And that’s what these guys [the 2013 Nobel winners] did. It feels like it’s got a little bit of Kahneman and Tversky in it. When the Riksbank Prizes in Economic Sciences (a.k.a. the economics Nobels) were announced last fall , the news was greeted with some confusion and amusement.