Labels: A necessary evil

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Beware of Labels

Lawyer and politician, Arlen Specter, started as a Democrat, then became a Republican, and then went back to being a Democrat again. As you can imagine, he resisted being labeled. What he actually said was, “I don’t like labels. I think they conceal more than they reveal — sort of like a bikini.”

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Decisive

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Decisive: Howto make better choices in life and work by Chip and Dan Heath

Reviewed by Christopher Richards

Everyone needs to decide, yet deciding is no simple matter.

In Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work Chip and Dan Heath explain why the process of decision making is more effective than analysis. They then go on to show what a nuanced process looks like. In this short and popular book the authors have made a significant attempt to simplify complexity. Stories from businesses and personal life bring the concepts to life. Continue reading “Decisive”

Phishing for Phools

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Phishing for Phools: The economics of manipulation and deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

Reviewed by Christopher Richards

Phishing for Phools: The economics of manipulation and deception, by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

There’s a sucker born every minute. Whether circus promoter P.T. Barnum actually uttered those words is a matter of dispute. Yet there is reason to beware. Continue reading “Phishing for Phools”