Quantitative Intuition

Data drives almost every business decision in almost every modern business. Even creative industries like art and music rely on data to figure out what sells to whom for how much and how often. We have access to more data than ever; in fact, if you’ve got a big enough server farm, you can access … Continue reading Quantitative Intuition

Winning the Status Game

There are two things every human craves, according to science writer Will Storr, author of The Status Game. We want to get along and get ahead. In other words, we desire to be part of a group – a very basic human need – and we desire to be admired, to have status within the … Continue reading Winning the Status Game

I Can Tell You’re in a Bad Mood. Your Email Gives it Away.

Preply.com, an online tutoring company, was curious about how email customs have changed over the years and about how workers felt about it. I’ve written before about the pressure women in business feel to be overly cheerful and expressive in email – the excessive use of exclamation points is not optional for them. It turns … Continue reading I Can Tell You’re in a Bad Mood. Your Email Gives it Away.

Women Talk Differently about Their Work

Research from Wharton economist Judd Kessler shows that how we talk about our work matters to our success. It’s a subject that hasn’t been studied much; performance is, after all, also objective (and that is much easier to measure and discuss. Kessler says, “It’s one thing to answer a question like: how many units did … Continue reading Women Talk Differently about Their Work

Everything Must Go

In previous posts, I’ve been revisiting Stoic philosophy thanks to an excellent guide for those who might be new to Stoicism: The Beginner’s Guide to Stoicism: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Positivity, by Matthew Van Natta. If you’ve recently experienced a loss, the Stoic’s approach to life might be helpful. In fact, the Stoic approach … Continue reading Everything Must Go

Why You’re Labeled as Negative (and What to Do about It)

They hired you for your experience and expertise, after all. You’re the one closest to the issue. You’ve been on this project for close to six months. You should be seen as the expert. Instead, you hear through the grapevine after the meeting that your director thinks you’re just negative. You’re “dragging down the team … Continue reading Why You’re Labeled as Negative (and What to Do about It)

2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

The Lunar New Year starts January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year) and ends on February 9th, 2024. 2023 is the year of the Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture.  Years of the Rabbit include 2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and 1927. People born in a year of the Rabbit are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious. Here’s … Continue reading 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit

Focusing on Right Now

I’m re-reading some Stoic writings, and I highly recommend it for anyone who’s ready to make a change in the way they’re handling their emotions. If you’re just getting started with Stoicism, Matthew Van Natta’s The Beginner’s Guide to Stoicism: Tools for Emotional Resilience and Positivity is a great place to start. He starts out … Continue reading Focusing on Right Now

Keeping Your Cool at Work

“Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis.”― C.J. Redwine, Defiance It can happen to anyone. A stressful week, problems at home, the guy who cut you off in traffic, the holiday rush – it can easily add up and make your nerves a little frayed. All it takes is a … Continue reading Keeping Your Cool at Work

Are You Really Sorry?

I’ve counted. About 10 times a day, if I’m out running errands. Some days, it’s the phrase I use often to start sentences when dealing with colleagues, especially those I don’t have a close relationship with. “I’m sorry.” Cross in front of someone browsing in the cereal aisle? I’m sorry. Answering an email an hour … Continue reading Are You Really Sorry?