Mental Models

How to Make Better Long-Term Decisions

Some life decisions have seemingly negative first-order outcomes, but something positive lies within the second and third-order.

A Preacher, a Prosecutor, and a Politician – Which One Are You?

In his latest book, Think Again, Wharton professor and organizational psychologist, Adam Grant, introduces three personas most people embrace when challenged to make a decision. They either turn into a preacher, a prosecutor, or a politician.

Goodhart's Law: Don't Make Your Measure a Target

Goodhart's law states that once a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.

The Not-So-Secret, Secret Power of Incentives

In the words of Ben Franklin, "If you would persuade, appeal to interest and not to reason."

Why You Need to Drop Your Tools

These next few sentences could change the way you’re living your life right now. I stumbled upon these thoughts while reading Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. The author was unpacking books by organizational behavior expert, Karl Weick.

The Importance of 'Who Luck'

In the digital age we’re in, learning online from websites like YouTube, SkillShare, and Lynda.com have made a bachelor degree irrelevant in some companies, especially start-up’s.

There is Nothing Good or Bad, But Thinking Makes it So

William Shakespeare penned those words in Hamlet Act II Scene II in 1599. More than 400 years later, they still hold a truth few people on Earth have even begin to understand. Hamlet is talking to Guildenstern and Rosencrantz, as they have been sent to Denmark.

The Rule of the 150

The limits of human potential is an important thing to know. Imagine if we didn't know our limit for breathing underwater. A lot of us would die. Or, imagine if we didn't know we could fly. Good luck with that, Amelia.

First Principles Thinking

What’s the difference between an innovative, breakthrough start-up, and just another average company with some tech? Simple. The way they think.

The Dramatic Impact of Good Policing

What do you think drug dealers want? Although it’s a rather important question, I bet you’ve never thought about that before. What do you think a cop’s goal is? Well, it would depend which department you’re asking.