Category Archives: Decision Making

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

When ancient Greeks had to make everyday decisions, they consulted the gods by drawing lots, casting dice, and interpreting dreams.

For matters of utmost importance, however, they sought the words of the gods directly from the mouth of an oracle.  Continue reading You’ll meet a tall, dark stranger.

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

Fine feathered friends.

At one time Europeans thought that all swans were white.  The phrase “black swan” derives from a common 16th century English expression as a statement of impossibility.

Then in 1697, Dutch explorers discovered large numbers of black swans in Western Australia.  Continue reading Fine feathered friends.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

The doctor will see you now.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the top two causes of death are heart disease & cancer (in 2013, 611,000 and 585,000 deaths respectively).

What’s the #3 killer today?  The answer may surprise you… Continue reading The doctor will see you now.

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).*

She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

Nobody gets married with the idea they will get divorced.  For those who decide to untie the knot, most simply want a clean break and a fresh start.

But nothing is safe from divorce attorneys and the more dysfunctional the relationship, the better it is (for them).  Continue reading She got the goldmine (I got the shaft).

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Lessons for a life well-lived.

Dr. Brian Gahran

Wisdom is the ability to make sound judgments and good life-choices.  Wise persons anticipate the consequences of decisions.

Like speech, wisdom is an accumulated skill.  It is acquired slowly through personal experience and by learning from the mistakes of others.  Continue reading Lessons for a life well-lived.

Is your crap detector working?

Is your crap detector working?

Is your crap detector working?

Statistics tell us what’s happening in the world around us—from weather forecasts, to crime rates, to baseball rankings.

Yet, with so much fake news sloshing around, we often fail to realize how easily statistics can lead us astray.  Continue reading Is your crap detector working?

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it.  So did Oprah Winfrey.

Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

NeXters, you’re strong, good-looking, and above average.

As recognized persons of genius and talent, what are the odds that you, too, will become a billionaire?

Not as good as you think.  Continue reading Bill Gates did it. So did Oprah Winfrey.

What you know (that just ain’t so).

What you know (that just ain’t so).

What you know (that just ain't so).

“I remember landing under sniper fire—we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

“If I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your (missing email) situation.”  Continue reading What you know (that just ain’t so).

What the Bleep! happened?

What the Bleep! happened?

What the Bleep! happened?

The sense of relief that Americans used to feel after a contentious election seems a distant memory.

After what seemed like a slam-dunk for Clinton, many NeXters are incensed about Trump’s victory.  How did the predictors get it SO wrong?  Continue reading What the Bleep! happened?