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This page contains posts which form series. They are more specific and chronological than categories by taking a single theme and develop it. Series are the reverse of Collections which group related posts under a single theme. It’s easy to view series as sequels to a good story. I either received many visits to a post or commenters stimulated my thoughts that encouraged me to revisit the post’s topic and develop it. My first series was “Leadership vs. Management.” It came about because the first post received many hits (it still does). I also use series to describe steps in a process. The series, “Change Management,” is an example.

Apocalyptic Decision Making

Strategic Complimenting

Pricing, The Secret

Vanilla Words-Vanilla Thinking

The words we use tell much about us. Vanilla words are common words used to facilitate understanding and minimize confrontation in much the way vanilla ice cream and chicken are often served to minimize the offending of palates. As a result, while we avoid offense, we don’t create anything memorable and leave the impression that we are neither noteworthy or creative.

Leadership – The Secret

Three Key Emotional Triggers

Leveraging Relationships in Communications

Thank You

Leveraging Group Interactions

Tapping the relational opportunities inherent in every group interaction we manage to mold relationships and business cultures


Feelings, Emotions, Intuition – Difference

Practicing Safe Science

Understanding the real application of science, especially its relational aspects, so we can become better consumers of science.

Introverts and Extroverts

Change Management Tools

10 Morale Builders That Don’t Cost A Cent

Challenging Assumptions

Almost all problem solving experts cite challenging assumptions as a gateway to effective problem solving. Few though actually show how to do this. Learn from one of the top Google-searched sites on challenging assumptions. This series of posts contains tips, examples and exercises that will help you become better at quickly seeing the hidden assumptions in many problems.

Big Five Personality Traits

Secrets About Experts

This series shares rarely discussed secrets about experts. These secrets will help people better assess the advice of experts. The problem this series seeks to address is the over-weighted influence authority figures, such as experts, have on people. For instance, research shows that the influence of authority figures is such that that it can talk people out of what they know is right and factual. In such cases, this has led people to confess falsely and to believe leaders over facts.  

Undermining Truth

Relationship Building Techniques

Creative Innovation

Beauty as Power

This series developed from the responses to my initial post and from my email correspondence with Ali Handscomb regarding leadership and love. Our discussion involved beauty, and Ali had some insightful questions that helped to guide me on a direction for the series.

Emotional Self-defense for Sensitive People

This series evolved from my work experiences; however, its significance as a collection of techniques did not hit me until a recent opportunity. They had such a profound effect on this person that the results inspired me to codify the approach and techniques.

Change Management Tips

This series came about after reading The Hot Spotters, by Atul Gawande in the January 24, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. Even though it spoke primarily to minimizing medical costs, it had much relevancy to my experiences in effecting change. It mentioned five change tactics which I expanded into including more as different posts.

Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition

Over Thinking Decisions

Education Bias

Placebo Management

Leadership vs. Management: The Difference

This series began when I read on the Harvard Business Review site the posting “True Leaders Are Also Managers” by Robert I. Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. It blossomed from the initial post because I received questions and a high number of visitations. I take an intuitive perspective incorporating change, emotions and informal power.

Cooperation vs. Self-interest

Real-time Personality Assessment

Patience’s Merits

Change Management Strategy

Sun Tzu Top 7

Intelligence vs Wisdom

Psychopaths in Workplace

Why Problems Occur

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