Yesterday, I saw a movie called The Whale. It focuses on a man who compulsively overeats (with a fine performance by Brendan Fraser). Because I have…

January 2023

So far, we have discussed how our mental models work, the strategies based on how habits are formed, and a “know your enemy” article about how lazy our…
In the previous article in this series, we discussed an example of forming the powerful strategic habit of better listening, and we used it to…
‘Tis the season to make resolutions. It seems like a fun time to write about habits and how they can work for us and against us. In the last article, we…
Much of good strategy relies upon mental models of reality. As we think through our expectations resulting from any strategic move, we are running…

December 2022

“Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.” Napoleon Bonaparte In the first article on collective illusions, we defined the…
To improve our positions in the minds of others we must find shared values. One of the problems in doing this is that there is a measurable difference…
Good strategy focuses on improving our positions in the minds of others. Over time, we want to improve the opinions that others have of us. We want to…
In an earlier article, we discussed how giving up the power of control in decision-making can be a useful strategy. However, giving up control is not…
A false sense of accomplishment is not a new problem. A century ago, some wasted their precious time reading romance and mystery novels. After that, it…

November 2022

Many people choose to dwell on their failures. This leads to unnecessary worrying, regret, shame, and stress. Morris Pratt I can see it in the looking…
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We learn how to use both our desire to win and our empathy for those around us playing games as children. Games and having fun are the basis for all…