Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Knives Out

Joseph Lalonde

Intrigue, suspicion, and who-dun-it questions pepper the movie. Knives Out is Rian Johnson’s magnificent take on a Clue-like movie. For being a movie with a two-hour, ten-minute runtime, Knives Out flew by. The world of Knives Out is filled with colorful characters.

She Didn’t Believe – But Others Did

Leadership Freak

It’s called the Dunning-Kruger Effect. Competence: The research of Dr. David Dunning and Dr. Justin Kruger… Continue reading → Leading Taking others higher Growth Leadership DevelopmentThe incompetent may not recognize their ineptitude. I’ve known individuals who had no idea how unskilled they were.

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Jeffrey M. Stibel: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He is the Chairman and CEO of The Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corporation and Chairman of BrainGate, as well as serves on boards for U.S.C., Jeff Stibel writes about the intersection of science, technology and the complex networks that influence people’s lives. Brown, and Tufts University. Jeff publishes articles and books about networks and how […].

Finding the courage to shrink

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bill Huyett Bloomberg ConocoPhillips’s spin-offs of its downstream businesses Dun & Bradstreet Finding the courage to shrink Hartford Financial Services ITT Katherine Boas Kraft Foods’s spin-off of its North American grocery unit Mauricio Jaramillo McKinsey & Company Michael W. Here is an excerpt from another excellent article featured online by The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company.

Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Mission Impossible 4: Rogue Nation

Joseph Lalonde

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Cornell Study: Why Everyone Needs a Coach

Tony Mayo

But the Dunning-Kruger effect suggests that there is a problem beyond that. We literally see the world the way we want to see it. Even if you are just the most honest, impartial person that you could be, you would still have a problem — namely, when your knowledge or expertise is […]. For Executives Be Learning

Why Leadership Development and Talent Programs Fall Short

N2Growth Blog

There is a cognitive bias trait called the Dunning-Kruger effect. Dunning suggests that deficits in skill and expertise create a two-pronged problem.

8 Steps to Building Your Business Credit

Strategy Driven

You should also know that each of the main credit bureaus for businesses, Dun & Bradstreet, Experian and Equifax, all have their own set of criteria when scoring a business’s credit. Get a DUNS Number. You can also use your DUNS number to bid on a variety of government contracts.

The Power Of “I Don’t Know”


More than 20 years ago, psychologist David Dunning and Justin Kruger demonstrated that when people knew very little about a topic or situation, they were very likely to over-assess their knowledge and ability. Somewhere along the line, we mistook confidence for competence.

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So you Think You are an Extraodinary Leader

CEO Blog

This phenomenon has been noted in other research by Dunning and Kruger, who were awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Psychology for their report, "Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One's Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments." Kruger, Justin; David Dunning (1999). This is a Guest Post by Joe Folkman So You Think You’re an Extraordinary Leader? How good are leaders at predicting their own overall leadership effectiveness?

How to Build Business Credit Speedily in 14 Painless Steps

Miles Anthony Smith

Register with a Dun and Bradstreet to Get a D-U-N-S® Number D-U-N-S stands for “ Data Universal N umber ing System.” ” It’s a global identification system created by Dun & Bradstreet that is used to keep track of businesses.

Federal Contracts Depend on Your Report Card

Women on Business

To do so, you must first enter a Marketing Partner Identification Number (MPIN) in your profile in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) system ([link] If your company is already registered in CCR, you’ll be asked for your DUNS number (from Dun & Bradstreet) and Transaction Partner Identification Number (TPIN) when you update your contractor profile to include the past performance point of contact and MPIN.

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Is Entrepreneurship Worth the Risk? [Infographic]

Women on Business

The infographic comes from Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. A new year is just a couple of days away and with the start of a new year comes reflection and resolutions.

When the Leader Needs Help

Great Leadership By Dan

Through his experience of starting and selling First Research (a leader in sales intelligence) for $26 Million to Fortune 500 firm, Dun & Bradstreet, he’s learned firsthand the challenges and solutions at each stage of entrepreneurial growth.

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The 5 Easiest Ways to Build Business Credit

Women on Business

Major business credit bureaus include Dun & Bradstreet, Experian and Equifax. Guest Post By: Meredith Wood, Community Manager (Learn more about Meredith at the end of this post). Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business, and as any small business owner knows, it’s one of the hardest parts of a business to manage. However, if your company can build business credit, you will find yourself gaining more opportunities to access cash.

Looking For Leadership

N2Growth Blog

The idea that the "cream will rise to the top" is too often more than offset by the Dunning-Kruger effect; and the real leader's highmindedness will be viewed as a threat to the status quo.

To Achieve a Major Goal, First Tackle a Few Small Ones

Harvard Business Review

A classic finding in the psychology literature is the Dunning-Kruger effect (named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger, who first described it): Poor performers in a domain are more prone to overestimate their ability than good performers. One of the difficulties with achieving great things is knowing how to get there. Every book you read was written by someone who completed a book. Every concert you attend involves musicians who can play well enough to be onstage.

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I think similarly with Zoe Dunning, that the person mentioned in the military, she was the only one that was allowed to speak as the only openly gay person in the military, so she had a community she was standing for.

Don't Divest Just Because the Economy Is Rotten

Harvard Business Review

Of course, there is nothing inherently wrong with divestitures (in fact, my company, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp., Stibel is Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The latest trend in M&A these days is divestitures: larger companies selling off pieces of their business. This trend is nothing more than a normal cycle, but it is critically important to understand.

Here's What the Internet Is Up To

Harvard Business Review

People are OK at assessing others but really bad at seeing themselves in their own unvarnished, self-centered, sometimes ethically challenged glory, as psychologist David Dunning writes (Robert Stephen Kaplan says we don''t know our own strengths either ). What we presume about other people’s behaviour and futures is likely a valuable indicator of what awaits us in the same situation," Dunning says. Mobile in China and Collecting Your Fitness Data.

People Who Think They’re Great Coaches Often Aren’t

Harvard Business Review

This phenomenon was described by two Cornell psychologists, David Dunning and Justin Kruger, who observed that for any given skill, incompetent people fail to recognize their own deficiencies and don’t recognize the skill in others.

The Best Leaders Allow Themselves to Be Persuaded

Harvard Business Review

As Cornell psychologist David Dunning says, “The road to self-insight runs through other people.” When we think of great leaders, certain characteristics come to mind: They have confidence in their abilities and conviction in their beliefs.

Pig Wings: Creating Demand in a New Category

Harvard Business Review

So Farmland has a multi-pronged, local pig wing strategy by partnering with Kansas City venues (including sporting arenas like the Sprint Center, high-end gastropubs like Gram and Dun, and more casual chains that specialize in chicken wings). Americans love chicken wings.

Use Data to Fix the Small Business Lending Gap

Harvard Business Review

Access to credit is a key constraint for entrepreneurs. And limited credit is in part caused by the difficulty of predicting which small businesses will and won’t succeed.

Do Startups Really Create Lots of Good Jobs?

Harvard Business Review

Eskimos have 50 words for snow. Humans only use 10% of our brains. We hear these types of “facts” all the time — but are they true? Scientists are now saying, “Not so simple.”

C'mon, IT Leaders. Take a Chance!

Harvard Business Review

Dun and Bradstreet , known for their insight on businesses, went a notch ahead when they launched data-as-a-service. Even more impressively, their spin out Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Businesses mostly seek to avoid risk.

The Online Ad Scams Every Marketer Should Watch Out For

Harvard Business Review

In 2008 indictments in San Francisco, Shawn Hogan and Brian Dunning were charged with wire fraud for using these methods to claim more than $20 million from eBay. HBR STAFF. Imagine you run a retail store and hire a leafleteer to distribute handbills to attract new customers.

“Leadership Qualities” vs. Competence: Which Matters More?

Harvard Business Review

David Dunning and Justin Kruger at Cornell have great research showing that the least competent people often end up in charge because they’re overconfident about their own abilities.).

What Groupon and LivingSocial Cannot Offer

Harvard Business Review

Stibel is Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Last month, Amazon invested $175 million in the number two online coupon site LivingSocial.

Is How You Deliver Feedback Doing More Harm than Good?

Harvard Business Review

As the famous Dunning-Krueger effect demonstrates, the less competent people are, the less self-aware they are, so poor performers are particularly likely to benefit from a reality check. Feedback is key to improving performance.

Leaders Aren’t Great at Judging How Inclusive They Are

Harvard Business Review

This phenomenon is not limited to inclusiveness — the Dunning-Kruger effect, for example, explains that unskilled people are particularly prone to thinking they are more skilled than they are. Joseph Clark/Getty Images. Many organizations today are making concerted efforts to become not only more demographically diverse but also more inclusive and welcoming of difference. The latter is much harder to measure than the former.

Unemployment Is About to Fall a Lot Faster than Predicted

Harvard Business Review

For several years, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. The recovery from the Great Recession has been slow and painful, especially when it comes to jobs. The unemployment rate, which peaked at 10% in October 2009 , is still an unpleasantly high 6.3% (compared with 4.4%

Courtside Seats to the Best (And Worst) C-Suites

Harvard Business Review

Sara Mathew, the Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet confronted this realization head on after she became CEO and found herself unnecessarily in the middle of too many decisions. As a management consultant, I often have a courtside seat to the senior team discussions of many companies. Sometimes we are presenting, sometimes the client is presenting, and sometimes we are just bystanders. I've found that I learn a lot by watching the meeting dynamics.

Let's Abolish Self-Appraisal

Harvard Business Review

Further, in their article "Unskilled and Unaware of It," Cornell University researchers Justin Kruger and David Dunning report that those who are incompetent performers are also incapable of assessing the difference between good and bad performance. Asking an employee to write a self-appraisal using the company's appraisal form is a common performance management practice. It's a deceptively attractive technique.

Use Data to Fix the Small Business Lending Gap

Harvard Business Review

Some lenders – as well as the Small Business Administration, which provides a partial guarantee on some loans made by lenders – have also incorporated third-party credit scores like those produced by Dun & Bradstreet, which use propriety predictive models that contain a blend of personal and business data to better assess borrower risk. Access to credit is a key constraint for entrepreneurs.

How to Manage Biased People

Harvard Business Review

Yet, the workforce that Johnson inherited at JC Penney seemed no less guilty of having their own mental hang-ups , including: defense-attribution bias (for failing to recognize that JC Penney was a sinking ship long before Johnson arrived), Dunning-Kruger effect (for failing to see their roles in making that ship sink), and status-quo bias (for refusing to acknowledge that change was needed).

Talking to Computers, Not Just Through Computers

Harvard Business Review

Stibel is Chairman and CEO of Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. [For more, visit the Communication Insight Center.]. The idea that new technology transforms the way we communicate is not a new one — telephones, e-mails, text messages and tweets have all brought changes to how we express ourselves, how we gather information about others, even to how we think. We already talk through technology; inevitably, we'll be talking to technology.

Businesses Are Getting Used to the Consistently Inconsistent Economy

Harvard Business Review

Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. World economies are unstable, making it increasingly difficult to lead a business over the past few years. The uncertainty that business leaders face today is palpable. Some of the news is good, some is bad, but it is altogether uncertain and seemingly random. On one hand, there are wars, terror, market crashes, bailouts, budget crises, cliffs, and sequesters. Yet we also have higher corporate profits, positive consumer sentiment, and low interest rates.

What a Big-Data Business Model Looks Like

Harvard Business Review

Companies such as Bloomberg, Experian, Dun & Bradstreet already sell raw information, provide benchmarking services, and deliver analysis and insights with structured data sources. The rise of big data is an exciting — if in some cases scary — development for business. Together with the complementary technology forces of social, mobile, the cloud, and unified communications, big data brings countless new opportunities for learning about customers and their wants and needs.