Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Great On-line, Free Course on Decision-Making

Prof. Dan Ariely is a lively and insightful writer and presenter on the irrationality at work in human decision making.  His work is worth at least a long look, which you can get at his web site  http://danariely.com/2014/02/27/a-beginners-guide-to-irrational-behavior-take-2/ Here is … Continue reading

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Hate Should Pay Full Freight

Hate speech has long protected free speech in the US.  That is, the big Supreme Court cases involving First Amendment protections usually involve someone’s right to say, print or otherwise express the vilest notions.  One of the big free speech … Continue reading

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America’s Hidden Heroes and Other Reflections

The following is a particularly thoughtful column by the Boston Globe’s Larry Harmon.  The immediate subject is an analysis of the complications inherent in assisting children in high-risk families.  Perhaps, Larry suggests, no matter what philosophy agencies follow, such as … Continue reading

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John Kotter: A Resource for Leaders

John Kotter has been writing smart and useful things about leadership for a long time. He has taught at the Harvard Business School and now runs an international management and leadership development firm, called, aptly, Kotter International. His firm has … Continue reading

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Injured On, Indeed: We All Have Some Work to Do for One Another

Imagine how the law enforcement community would react to the following news stories. Law Enforcement  Hit by Virus, Killing Hundreds of Officers Annually (Boston, MA) A new study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health found a virus that … Continue reading

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Leadership Principles of Our Greatest Pragmatist, or WWLD.

This is from the review section of the Saturday Wall Street Journal, published Feb. 15, 2014.  I find Richard Brookhiser’s writing about US presidents to be informative and entertaining.  Here’s a breezy take on Lincoln’s leadership. ____________________________ What Would Lincoln … Continue reading

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Moral Confusion at MIT

Whether you take someone else’s property by pointing a gun at them and demanding it or by pounding out a code on a keyboard and taking it by stealth it’s still thievery. In the first case you’ve committed armed robbery … Continue reading

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