David Hekman

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About Me:
My research goal is to improve organizational health.  Although there are hundreds of ways to accomplish this goal, my approach is to improve organizational health by examining sources of worker withdrawal, sources of professional workers’ (e.g. doctors, lawyers, and professors) motivation,  sources and outcomes of virtuous leadership, and workplace racial and gender biases.

Improving Organizational Health by Reducing Worker Withdrawal

Improving Organizational Health by Increasing Professional Workers' Motivation

Improving Organizational Health through Virtuous Leadership

Improving Organizational Health by Removing Racial and Gender Biases

o    The Washington Post, June 1, 2009

o    The Chicago Tribune, June 2, 2009

o    The NY Times, June 23, 2009

o    The Boston Globe, July 6, 2009


On a personal note, I love random facts/quotesHere are a few that I find interesting:

"I'm no poet but if you think for yourselves as I proceed, the facts will form a poem in your mind." -Michael Faraday (one of the greatest scientists ever who kept a list of facts that he found personally interesting) 


“In life one must choose between boredom and suffering” – Madame de Stael


It’s not about the nail



Every day I learn more about the nature of myself and those around me. Admitting this is painful because I am essentially admitting that I was unaware of something important and that I was ignorant yesterday, and am ignorant today, and will be ignorant tomorrow.  But if I flip the frame, then it is encouraging because it means each day I am becoming more enlightened.


"I'm trying to elevate small talk to medium talk." -Larry David


"The results of this study indicate that diversity training is more impactful when embedded as part of a larger diversity initiative rather than as a stand-alone activity. While training may successfully lead to knowledge gain about diversity, we still do not have effective ways to change attitudes and behavior. Furthermore, it is still unclear whether diversity training should be mandated or if participation should be voluntary. According to this meta-analysis, behavior "change was greatest for those for whom diversity training was mandatory. - See more at: http://www.siop.org/tip/april17/gap.aspx#sthash.tzxpLyBw.b24mhRhU.dpuf


"Multisource feedback used for administrative and developmental purposes has a moderate effect on a firm’s financial performance by elevating employee ability and promoting knowledge sharing." - See more at: http://www.siop.org/tip/april17/gap.aspx#sthash.tzxpLyBw.b24mhRhU.dpuf


Top 10 management articles out of 955 published in 2016



This song reduces anxiety by 65%



Ironically, I found this on facebook:The more you use facebook, the more your mental health will deteriorate



If you want a healthy heart, avoid eating sugar



Following a realized loss, individuals avoid risk, but if that same loss is not realized (a paper loss), then individuals take on greater risk.



“A person who has not made peace with his losses is likely to accept gambles that would be unacceptable to him otherwise.” – Kahneman and Tversky (1979)


“Losses that come on the heels of prior losses may be more painful than average...after a prior loss, the person becomes more loss averse.” – Barberis, Huang and Santos (2001)


educational diversity positively influenced the range and depth of information use for all except the most diverse teams we studied, but negatively influenced information integration.



Robert Ford: Evolution forged the entirety of sentient life on this planet using only one tool… The mistake.


Dolores Abernathy: Then they killed them. And then... I ran. Everyone I cared about is gone... and it hurts... so badly.

Bernard Lowe: I can make that feeling go away if you'd like.

Dolores Abernathy: Why would I want that? The pain, their loss... it's all I have left of them. You think the grief will make you smaller inside, like your heart will collapse in on itself, but it doesn't. I feel spaces opening up inside of me, like a building with rooms I've never explored.


"If you ask people, Do you support or oppose abortion? Followed by “Do you support or oppose abortion in cases of rape or incest”, you get less favorable attitudes toward abortion than if you reverse the order of the questions (Tourrangeau and Rasinski).  That’s because, in the reverse order (specific version first followed by general) you interpret that the second question is asking about abortion in all cases EXCEPT in cases of rape or incest. Because people who are sketchy about abortion in general are often more open in cases of rape or incest, people give a more negative answer to the general abortion question when it comes last." -Prof John Lynch 


"I've been pretending my whole life. Pretending I don't mind, pretending I belong. My life's built on it. And it's a good life; it's the life I've always wanted. But then I came here, and I get a glimpse for a second of a life in which I don't have to pretend, of a life in which I can be truly alive. How can I go back to pretending when I know what this feels like?" - William in Westworld


"All my life I've prided myself on being a survivor. Being a survivor is just another loop. I'm getting out of here, and you two are going to help me." -Maeve in Westworld


"Well that's just like your opinion man." - The Dude in the Big Lebowski


"When my father was alive, he was nothing to my mother. Now that he's dead, he's a saint in her eyes. My dad was tough. He ran his own crew. A guy like that, and my mother wore him down to a little nub. He was a squeaking little gerbil when he died." -Tony Soprano


90% of South African CEOs are from just 4% of the population (the white men) and only three South African companies are in the top 500 companies, with the majority of South African companies dropping in their ranking from 2015.  France has roughly the same population as South Africa and 29 companies in the Fortune 500, Britain has 19, Netherlands 12, Singapore has 10% of the population of S Africa and the same number of Fortune 500 companies, Taiwan has half the population of South Africa and more than double the number of Fortune 500 companies.



"The fact is, you have to do the work of grieving. You have to let it run its course. Pain is the agent of change; pain is what allows you to change, it’s what enables you to reach a new reality.” -Julia Samuel



Jerks are ruining startups "What is bro culture? Basically, a world that favors young men at the expense of everyone else. A “bro co.” has a “bro” C.E.O., or C.E.-Bro, usually a young man who has little work experience but is good-looking, cocky and slightly amoral — a hustler. "



Over all, just 6 percent of partners at venture capital firms are women, according to the Diana Project at Babson College. That is even lower than in 1999, when 10 percent were female. And, according to another study of gender and venture capital, 77 percent of the firms have never had a female investor.



MIT has a $250k reward for responsible disobedience! "With this award, we will honor work that impacts society in positive ways, and is consistent with a set of key principles, including non-violence, creativity, courage, and responsibility for one’s actions. The award will go to a living person or group engaged in what we believe is extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society. "



Fidgeting makes the body healthier and the mind more agile. Yay!



Is Swapping Date Night for Meeting Night the Secret to a Happy Marriage?



Keep saying "um" and "like". They help us soften disagreements and, like, introduce delicate topics. Weak language has, uh, you know, some strengths...



If you've ever thought yawning means you're tired, think again. Research suggests it might keep the brain from overheating. Next time you yawn in a meeting, you can say "Excuse me, I'm just cooling my brain



Drop words like "ninja" and "rock star" from job postings. More women apply, and jobs fill 2 weeks faster.



Powerful tips for raising a generation of kids who aren't racially biased:Talk openly about race, introduce positive examples of other groups, encourage cross-group friendships.



People who spent 15 minutes a day reflecting on what they learned performed 23% better in the next 10 days.



Gender differences in competitiveness vanish when we compete against ourselves. Mastery is a universal motivator.



Productivity results from intense focus, but creativity results from variety of ideas



Life satisfaction peaks at 23 and 69



"Good communicators make themselves look smart. Great communicators make their audiences feel smart." -Adam Grant


Idea: Lying is the only thing that's safe in a competitive context, honesty is the only thing that makes sense in a cooperative context.


Clinical psychologists are dedicated to eliminating human suffering.


Dumbest idea exercise - be grateful for the dumbest idea offered because this idea expands the potential thought space


"Blinding professor applicant demographic info and getting the best professors is like moneyball" CMU prof Alex Imas


"People typically want sentimental gifts but gift givers don't think people want sentimental gifts so they don't give them." -CMU prof Jeff Balak


"People say they are bad with women, but they don't say they are bad with blacks because that sounds racist. Instead of saying they are bad with blacks they say 'make America great again'" -some comic at Arcade comedy in Pittsburgh


"You gotta bring your game, not your name." -CBS basketball announcer Kenny Smith about how you can't rest on your laurels and expect to win


"We aren't competing but I'm going to win."   -some comic at Arcade comedy in Pittsburgh


"I saw Paul Rudd and was like, 'Hey you look just like Paul Rudd' and turned and walked away and that was like me saying 'game recognizes game you know' and Paul Rudd said to me 'Hey you're alright." -some comic at Arcade comedy in Pittsburgh


"The mouth is the grossest part of a person because it's their thought hole. That's where their messed up thoughts come out." -some comic at Arcade comedy in Pittsburgh


Our diversity panel



The way to maximize creative potential is to flow between being alone and being in a group, and back again. Four steps: alone, together, alone, together. This group produced 71% more ideas per person. When you’re alone, you’re essentially building a woodpile in your brain. Then, when you join a group, you’re igniting a shower of sparks that might light it up.



Scarcity of time (what rich people have) and scarcity of money (what poor people have) makes people make bad decisions



What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists? "Professor Gans of Columbia has argued for decades that the stigmatization of poor Americans fuels entrenched, persistent poverty."



"People do well if they can" -Ross Greene


Bad behavior results from people having too many stressors or not enough skills. Rarely are people willful and defiant.  So good parents and leaders will find their followers' stressors and reduce them, find unmet needs and meet them, or find skills deficits and teach them.



Make people feel together by bonding over a time they felt excluded



Actually surprising: when women say what they really think and step out of their gender roles, they become extremely powerful. When Clinton was a man, and Trump was a woman in a mock debate, male Clinton did EVEN worse in the debates. "So I think it was mostly the smiling piece—so many women have told me that they’re taught to smile through things that are uncomfortable. It’s been really powerful to hear women talk about that, and a learning experience for me. Someone said that Jonathan Gordon [the male Hillary Clinton] was “really punchable” because of all the smiling.  I was surprised by how critical I was seeing [Clinton] on a man’s body, and also by the fact that I didn’t find Trump’s behavior on a woman to be off-putting. I remember turning to Maria at one point in the rehearsals and saying, "I kind of want to have a beer with her!" The majority of my extended family voted for Trump. In some ways, I developed empathy for people who voted for him by doing this project, which is not what I was expecting. "



Here’s some recent corporate buzzwords:

Hoover up

Roughly roughly

Massaging this a little more


Rocks we want to look under

What are the nuggets?

Can we spotlight this a little more?

We had a lot of people raising their hands on this issue

We really need help boning out an insight run

How can I apply this to my own A to B?

We should make a tear-out for managers on this

Let's really double-click into this


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Typical leader development programs involve  separate knowing, development of the autonomous self, and masculine leadership approaches of agentic and transactional leadership. In contrast, women's leadership programs focus on connected knowing, development of the relational self, and relational and identity-based leadership.

Sugiyama, K., Cavanagh, K. V., van Esch, C., Bilimoria, D., & Brown, C. (2016). Inclusive Leadership Development: Drawing From Pedagogies of Women’s and General Leadership Development Programs. Journal of Management Education, 40(3), 253-292.


"Rules were made to be broken along with curfews and knees" - Max while wearing shoes at a McDonald's play structure that bans shoes and involves crawling on rock hard plastic


"The number of hiring managers reporting that they use online search engines and SNSs to view photographs of job candidates and conduct research on job applicant background information has increased 500% over the last decade (McDonnell, 2016). Hiring managers now find it easy to uncover information about a job candidate’s racioethnicity (Smith & Kidder, 2010; Zeidner, 2007)"


"external pressure to control bias can also result in responses that are more negative, rather than less biased (Monin & Miller, 2001; Plant & Devine, 2003)."


The hospitality industry has a 72.1 percent turnover rate in 2015 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015)


Network diversity leads to higher quality ideas



"Peace is swimming with my Dad. And is enjoying a bowl of hot cocoa. Peace is love and caring." -Esme's writing assignment where she was asked to describe what peace means to her


Leader-member personality differences lead to member satisfaction



Exponential growth bias is the human inability to understand compound growth, "Many individuals systematically underestimate the returns to saving that accrue from compound growth (Eisenstein and Hoch 2007; Stango and Zinman 2009)."



"Is bias in favor of white males really just a form of cheating?" –Prof. Coleen Manchester


Empowering your workers is less motivating if they are a different gender from you as a manager



Women tend to be more generous at work than men, and whites more than nonwhites



"Work hard, choose kind, have fun, be present" -Prof. Theresa Glomb's mantra



Three ways to make work better: Reflect on three positive things from your workday every night, do more unitasking and stop multitasking, focus on how your work helps others



Prof. Beth Campbell as an undergrad worked in Adam Grant's lab when he was a phd student



Did big data and analytics help Trump win? "Our smartphone, Kosinski concluded, is a vast psychological questionnaire that we are constantly filling out, both consciously and unconsciously."



"Individuals with Aspergers run the risk of exploitation by others and may be unable to comprehend the societal implications of their actions. People with Aspergers tend to be victims rather than victimizers."



"As individuals with Histrionic Personality Disorder get older the symptoms become less prominent. Sexual seduction shifts to maternal seduction and in general there is less energy to support other symptoms."



"First they came for the Muslims and we said not today motherfucker."



Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative (and is the #3 Grand Challenge of management)



"Symptoms of histrionic personality disorder: HPD affects four times as many women as men. People with HPD are usually high-functioning, both socially and professionally. They usually have good social skills, despite tending to use them to manipulate others into making them the center of attention. HPD may also affect a person's social and/or romantic relationships, as well as their ability to cope with losses or failures. They may seek treatment for clinical depression when romantic relationships end, although they are unlikely to stay in therapy long enough to obtain any positive results. Research has found two-thirds of patients diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder also meet criteria similar to that of antisocial personality disorder. Often females with HPD were abused or neglected by their fathers as young children."



"Infantile histrionic is labile, high-strung, volatile emotions; childlike hysteria and nascent pouting; demanding, overwrought; fastens and clutches to another; is overly attached, hangs on, stays fused to and clinging."



"Disingenuous histrionic is underhanded, double-dealing, scheming, contriving, plotting, crafty, false-hearted; egocentric, insincere, deceitful, calculating, guileful."



"Vivacious histrionic is vigorous, charming, bubbly, brisk, spirited, flippant, impulsive; seeks momentary cheerfulness and playful adventures; animated, energetic, ebullient."



"Band-aids don't fix bullet holes, you say sorry just for show, if you live like that you live with ghosts." T-Swift


"Trump’s government looks an awful lot like a badly run business. He’s made hiring decisions based not on qualifications or experience, but on whether candidates are members of his family or have the right “look.” Funny facial hair, inadequate height and absence of “swagger” reportedly disqualified some contenders."



John Henryism - working against the odds is lethal for African-Americans but not Whites.



People who swear more tend to be more honest



My take on the confusing classic movie Mulholland Drive is that the whole thing is Adam Kesher's dream because "He's sort of the one character in the film who doesn't know what the [hell's] going on. I think he's the one guy the audience says, 'I'm kind of like you right now. I don't know why you're being subjected to all this pain.'”



The famous "elephant chart" that explains Trump and Brexit



Ian Sanderson authenticity exercise is everyone fills in the blanks here "I have been pretending that ______ when in fact ________"



Airbnb's work to fight discrimination and build inclusion in their rentals



This stupid wheel taught me that "shitty" isn't actually a feeling. I really think it should be.



Women repeating the point of another woman in a meeting and giving credit to her helps boost women



Powerful people who feel incompetent are most aggressive



The most powerful decision-makers can also be the least accurate



Why we should stop grading students on a curve -Adam Grant Wharton prof. says it undermines learning, relationships and future success



Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the use of race as a factor in college admissions, according to Gallup



Brazil took more African slaves than any other country. Today Blacks in Brazil make 58% of what whites make, and Blacks in America make 76% of what Whites make.



Interviewer: What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Morrissey: Wish I hadn't (Q Magazine 1995)


Exercising the recommended amount "appeared to wipe out completely" the inflated risk of cancer death resulting from alcohol



Research idea: Employees dealing with people outside the firm are "surface" employees - they bring in the resources from the environment. "Volume" employees are those inside who produce and coordinate. (Haire, 1959; Levy and Donahue 1962; Stephan 1983) As firms grow, they often increase the surface employees and lose volume, which leads to "silos."  Men tend to be in sales and in silos, and tend to develop fewer cross-cutting ties than women.  So maybe hiring women will decrease silos and organizational volume and thereby bring the square-cube ratio back into balance?


The "melting zone" where life and complexity happens is the region between total order and total chaos (Kauffman 1993). The "melting zone" is exhausting and I've lived there my whole life.


Human performance doesn't follow a normal (Gaussian) distribution but rather follows a Pareto distribution



The pay dispersion literature assumes that the main cause of counterproductive team behaviors such as sabotage or lack of cooperation is perceived inequity (Trevor, Reilly, Gerhart) . However, our results suggest that another cause is aggression from highly paid employees.



Fewer union workers means lower pay for all workers. Really.



Women pack on pounds after marriage, men after divorce



Personality changes over a lifespan. Age differences in personality traits from 10 to 65. Men are overall more open than women and get more open over time. Women are more extraverted than men over a life. Women spike in neuroticism at age 15 and then decrease over their lives. Men are always less neurotic than women.



Openness to experience has been negatively related to marital stability and satisfaction and decreased relationship length (Shaver & Brennan, 1992). Openness has been linked to Eros and Mania love styles for men and negatively linked to Pragma love style for women (Middleton 1993).



Immigration explained with gumballs



We actually had a US policy called "operation wetback"



Bad women use honey, bad men use vinegar? Narcissistic, Machiavellian, and psychopathic women will tend to use soft manipulation tactics, whereas their equally toxic male counterparts will tend to use hard manipulation tactics



We know two things about politics: power is more likely to be used when resources are scarce (Salancik & Pfeffer, 1974), and unity of perspective and the ability to take collective action provide an important source of power (Pfeffer, 1992)


Anger negatively impacts social information processing, whereas the negative emotion of sadness has no effect on information processing (Bodenhausen, Sheppard, Kramer, 1994)


Positive mood can result in greater reliance on stereotypes because of the association between positive affect and heuristic processing (Park & Banaji, 2000).


Family physicians are most likely to sexually abuse their patients. “It’s a pretty tight club, being a doctor,” McGiffert said. “They protect their own.”



"The best predictor of which specialty med students choose is their first few med school rotations.  When students got to choose their schedule, students choosing to pursue internal medicine dropped 50% because they signed up to do the lucrative ones first.:" -Prof Pri Shah.


Brah is trending down, Bruh is trending up, Bruv is staying flat



Lol is still stronger than ha, haha, haha combined



Clusterfuck is more popular than shitshow, but shitshow is gaining a lot of ground on clusterfuck



Out of the 558 US athletes, only 12 Olympic athletes have a parent who also competed at the Olympic games. Isn't that crazy?!  Only 80% of Olympic athletes competed in college athletics!!



The war - Marvin Hagler vs Thomas Hearns - the greatest boxing match ever



This guy is an Internet hero



Why didn't Facebook's point system improve diversity? Facebook has 1.7 billion monthly users and 85% are outside North America.



THIS! "One of the most damaging legacies of traditional psychology is the over-weighting it gives to people’s insecurities and fears and the relatively complete inattention it gives to the myriad ways that they fight and maneuver for the things they want. Everyday life is approximately 95% fighting and 5% running. But traditional psychology is overly concerned about how and why we run, not how and why we fight. By “fight” I don’t mean physical violence. Rather, I mean the forceful goal-directed energy we all expend to get the things we want."



When someone is rude to you at work, it reduces employees' self-control and leads them to act in a similarly uncivil manner



HEARING LOSS & TINNITUS STATISTICS, HEARING LOSS AND TINNITUS – A PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC. From 2000 to 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled. 1 in 5 teens, 1 in 5 adults, 3 in 5 veterans returning from war



People named Dave tend to be drummers and mechanics.



"a recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it" - Rocket fizz poster


"A man's prayer: I'm a man and I can change, I guess, if I have to, maybe." - Rocket fizz poster


"Don't get all Jesusy dad. Just don't do it. That would be so annoying." -Jude


"Don't ever get married daddy. Just don't." -Esme


"Don't change Dave. Never change. You're so awesome just the way you are." -Brian, "the squad leader" of basketball


"Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy." - Rocket fizz poster


Actor Bradley Cooper announced he would fight wage discrimination by sharing information about what he was making on a film with female costars before they signed their deals.



The best performing teams have three conflict resolution strategies - focus on content rather than delivery, focus on reasons for decisions the group reached, work gets assigned to the most qualified person (not assigned by default, volunteering or position power).



Event system theory seems pretty sweet. "Events and organizational change. Perhaps one of the major reasons for the dominance of feature-oriented research is that features do exert a strong influence on organizations. This creates a strong tendency for homeostasis or routines, where “individuals and groups develop cognitive structures, habits of mind, to guide automatic cognitive processing” (Louis & Sutton, 1991: 70). However, “discrepant events . . . trigger a need for explanation” (Louis, 1980: 241). In other words, automatic processing and habits of mind reflect routines that are maintained until interrupted by an event such that “habitual behavior, once established, persists more or less automatically until and unless something specific happens to break a group out of its routine” (Gersick & Hackman, 1990: 80). Thus, events are often the means by which entities come to evaluate, change, or otherwise interrupt their routines or regular behavior"



Mental contamination and mental correction articles that will help with the IAT and two in the pool finding:


Set/reset: Use and disuse of concepts in impression formation.



Constructing reality and its alternatives : an inclusion/ exclusion model of assimilation and contrast effects in social judgment



Mental contamination and mental correction: unwanted influences on judgments and evaluations



Larry Diamond, a sociologist at Stanford, has described the past decade as a period of “democratic recession.” Worldwide, the number of democratic states has diminished. Within many of the remaining democracies, the quality of governance has deteriorated.



“The benefit of controlling a modern state is less the power to persecute the innocent, more the power to protect the guilty.”



Network Executive: Christof, what's going on? Do you know that there's a rumor circulating that he's dead? You hear me? The media is having a feeding frenzy with this, all the phone lines are jammed, and every network has a pirated shot of Marlon making an ass of himself in front of the cameras!

Network Executive: The sponsors are threatening to rip up their contracts.

Christof: [pointing at the "Technical fault. Please stand by" graphic] Why? We're getting higher ratings with this graphic than we've ever had on this show.



Truman Burbank: Was nothing real?

Christof: You were real. That's what made you so good to watch...



Christof: I know you better than you know yourself.

Truman: You never had a camera in my head!



Christof: We've become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there's nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine. It's a life.



Mike Michaelson: Christof, let me ask you, why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?

Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we're presented. It's as simple as that.



Marlon: [Emotional almost to the point of tears] The point is, I would gladly step in front of traffic for you Truman. And the last thing I would ever do to you...

Christof: [Feeding Marlon his lines] ... is lie to you.

Marlon: ...is lie to you.



Christof: I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be.

Sylvia: He's not a performer, he's a prisoner. Look at him, look at what you've done to him!

Christof: He could leave at any time. If his was more than just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there's no way we could prevent him. I think what distresses you, really, caller, is that ultimately Truman prefers his cell, as you call it.

Sylvia: Well, that's where you're wrong. You're so wrong! And he'll prove you wrong!



Talk Show Caller: Hi, Christof. I was just wondering how many cameras you got there in that town.

Christof: Somewhere in the vicinity of 5000.

Talk Show Caller: That's a lot of cameras.

Christof: Remember, we started with just one.

[as he speaks, clips of a foetus, newborn babies in a hospital, a toddler walking along a beach and a toddler looking up at a mobile with a camera attached to it are shown]

Christof: He was curious from birth. Premature by two weeks. It was almost as if he couldn't wait to get started.

Mike Michaelson: And of course his eagerness to leave his mother's womb was the very reason he the one who was selected.

Christof: In competition with five other unwanted pregnancies, the casting of a show determined by an airdate, Truman was the one who arrived on cue.

Mike Michaelson: Incidentally, I believe Truman is the first child to have been legally adopted by a corporation?

Christof: That's correct.



Marlon: I mean, think about it, Truman. If everybody is in on it, I'd have to be in on it, too.


Marlon: I'm not in on it, Truman, because... there is no 'it'.



Histronic people are emotional vampires



"Nobody wins unless everybody wins." -Bruce Springsteen


How can I become a data scientist? Data scientist Monica Rogati says "tl;dr: Do a project you care about. Make it good and share it."



"Whenever you work with data from an organization you think it's the worst and messiest data ever because everyone thinks that. Company data is just a mess. "

- Dan Becker of DataRobot



Dan Becker of DataRobot






Women blood clot patients less likely to receive good care than male patients, but both get a lot better care when a checklist is used. Thanks to a "decision support tool."



"Companies like Google and Slack have begun to use structured interviews to avoid discrimination in hiring. Instead of allowing interviews to be free-form, guided by the interviewer’s own judgments, these companies use the same interview techniques and questions for each candidate."



"After controlling for these variables, we found that income inequality was the most significant determinant of population-adjusted hate crimes and hate incidents across the United States — for both pre-election and post-election data sets."



"A gaffe is when someone accidentally tells the truth." -RC


Being civil is really important at work for psychological safety and performance. "Microsoft’s popular “Precision Questioning” class teaches participants to question their own ideas; develop approaches to healthy, constructive criticism; and act with emotional agility even in tense situations. At a hospital in Los Angeles, temperamental doctors are required to attend “charm school” to decrease their brashness and reduce the potential for lawsuits. The charm school teaches doctors that they must set the tone for their medical residents."



Students thought Chuck Lillis was the best speaker because he had a .7 GPA in college, and then went to Vietnam. He was so relatable.  Several students said they felt so overwhelmed in their first year in college and Chuck helped them realize that it would be OK to flunk out. Like that wouldn’t be a failure. He even tells his sons to get more F’s on their report cards (sounded like he was half-joking). In fact students did flunk out, that unusual experience might actually help them think more creatively, like it helped Chuck. Other students noted that his main theme of “take risks” was a big motivator and encourager to them.  Another student said she really liked his comment that “learning never stops” especially in light of his bad undergrad GPA.  He was a show stopper.  They also loved that his wife just offered to pay for Oregon’s business school on the spot.  He and his wife were in Eugene and were looking at the model and the plans for the business school and she was like, “How much does it cost?” and they were like $50 million. And then she just said, “OK let’s do it.” And Chuck was like “Woah let’s think this through.” And she was like “what is there to think about?”  They also mentioned that his comment about vision was really thought-provoking. Like how he had the vision to turn the cable network into broadband was really inspiring. And how he had the vision to see the future of the financial services company he started. Basically he started two brand new industries, and he was the only one with the foresight to see the potential of these markets.


Also students loved Brian McDonald because he was positive and organized, and a leader in a large company. Rachel Shayne, Brian and Bob were hits because they talked about overcoming adversity and resilience and grit. And they liked that Rachel was an athlete AND really smart and that she cried and said it was OK to fail.  They liked Rachel Shayne’s story about presenting to the billionaire CEO of Alibaba and he told her “Don’t use powerpoint because it has no power and no point.” This was one minute before her powerpoint presentation was supposed to start. They liked Jim Edgar because he was a Republican who campaigned on raising taxes and actually did it. And he predicted Trump would win. They said, “This guy is right about everything.” And they loved his comment that leadership is about convincing people to go somewhere. Jim Packer and Bob Kline were well-received because they encouraged people not to get nervous. To have confidence and be calm. Cindy Carillo was popular because her ringtone was goats bleating, she swore elegantly, and told a gripping story about how she hired a horrible CEO replacement.



I'm working on the #1 and #2 grand challenges in management! And these are the #1 and #2 grand challenges reported by both academics and practitioners!

1. Reduce or eliminate pay inequality due to demographic differences, employee rank, and social class.

2. Reduce or eliminate discrimination on the basis of demographic differences, and increase diversity in the workplace of businesses to better reflect the pool of qualified candidates.

(Banks, Pollack, Bochantin, Kirkman, Whelpley, O'Boyle 2017)

4. expand opportunities for continuing education - (a) Reduce the magnitude of student loan debt; (b) increase the applicability of higher education to create opportunities for students of all ages to pursue life-long learning (college, corporate training, continuing education)

6. Increase employee morale - increase measured levels of employee workplace satisfaction and engagement

7. Reduce the carbon footprint - of corporations, consumers of their products and services through the development of sustainability initiatives.

8. Enhance customer service quality - link marketing metrics (attitudinal, behavioral) to financial and other strategic outcomes to improve measured quality of customer satisfaction

15. Optimize the measurement and development of leaders - (a) Foster an integrative understanding of how leaders and followers, taking into consideration context, can work together more effectively and more efficiently, and (b) leverage this knowledge by implementing training programs that enable leaders to better lead in ways that create value

Banks, G. C., Pollack, J. M., Bochantin, J. E., Kirkman, B. L., Whelpley, C. E., & O’Boyle, E. H. (2016). Management’s Science–Practice Gap: A Grand Challenge for All Stakeholders. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 2205-2231.




#Grand challenges (number of responses)Description

Academic and practitioner

1Reduce or eliminate pay inequality (280)Reduce or eliminate pay inequality due to (a) demographic differences, (b) employee rank, and (c) social class

2Reduce or eliminate discrimination (180)Reduce or eliminate discrimination (a) on the basis of demographic differences, and (b) increase diversity in the workplace of businesses to better reflect the pool of qualified candidates

3Reduce or eliminate unethical business practices (180)Reduce or eliminate occurrences of violations (both corporate and in small- and medium-sized businesses) of U.S. and international laws

4Expand opportunities for continuing education (145)(a) Reduce the magnitude of student loan debt; (b) increase the applicability of higher education to create opportunities for students of all ages to pursue life-long learning (college, corporate training, continuing education)

5Leverage technological innovationsLeverage technological innovations to improve (a) the measured quality of, and (b) the number of available jobs

6Increase employee morale (119)Increase measured levels of employee workplace satisfaction and engagement

7Reduce carbon footprint (76)Reduce carbon footprint of (a) corporations, and (b) consumers of their products and services through the development of sustainability initiatives

8Enhance customer service quality (26)Link marketing metrics (attitudinal, behavioral) to financial and other strategic outcomes to improve measured quality of customer satisfaction

Academic only

9Implementation of HRM best practices (115)Facilitate the implementation of current HRM best practices to positively influence employees’ measured perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors

10Reduce or eliminate the management science–practice gap (86)Facilitate an improvement in: (a) knowledge creation, and (b) knowledge transfer to increase measured value for all management stakeholder groups

11Increase economic growth and stability internationally (72)Increase economic growth (i.e., GDP) with the goal of increasing the measured (a) health, (b) nutrition, and (c) income per capita of the world’s developing populations

12Increase the effectiveness of entrepreneurial innovation (55)Increase entrepreneurial innovation in terms of the (a) percentage of successful start-ups, and (b) the measured social as well as environmental impacts of these ventures, particularly in developing countries

13Increase firm value creation for society (54)Increase measured firm value creation for stakeholders through an understanding of the determinants of financial and other strategic outcomes; facilitate a measured awareness and appreciation for the importance of metrics beyond financial outcomes (e.g., social, environmental)

14Increase (reduce) positive (negative) strategic HRM synergies (33)Increase (reduce) positive (negative) synergies among strategic HRM activities in order to improve measured employee welfare (e.g., employee satisfaction and engagement) and organizational functioning (e.g., firm financial performance)

15Optimize the measurement and development of leaders (24)(a) Foster an integrative understanding of how leaders and followers, taking into consideration context, can work together more effectively and more efficiently, and (b) leverage this knowledge by implementing training programs that enable leaders to better lead in ways that create value

16Optimize the measurement and development of creative/innovative employees (20)Establish an understanding of those circumstances under which employee creativity and innovation are desired characteristics, and (b) leverage this knowledge to implement training programs that promote employee creativity and innovation across all organizational-levels

Practitioner only

17Promote employee well-being (68)Increase measured employee well-being, in part, by (a) reducing the average number of hours worked per week, (b), increasing the average amount of paid time off, (c) increasing flexible scheduling, and (d) increasing the measured effectiveness of employee well-being programs

18Reduce costs for companies and consumers (32)Reduce (a) average operating costs for companies and subsequently, (b) costs of consumer goods and services

19Reduce or eliminate global health concerns (25)(a) Establish a list of global illnesses in order of severity, and (b) identify from this list the illnesses that are most important to target with research, to (c) increase measured quality of life for individuals affected by these illnesses (e.g., life expectancies, overall health)

20Reduce employee turnover rates (24)Reduce turnover rates among employees, particularly among (a) young employees, and (b) working parents

21Facilitate the measurement and development of communication in the workplace (16)(a) Identify the jobs and roles where oral and written communication skills are paramount, and (b) leverage this knowledge to implement training programs to help these employees improve the measured quality of their communication skills

22Provide affordable healthcare (14)Provide affordable healthcare insurance to all employees

page 2218

Banks, G. C., Pollack, J. M., Bochantin, J. E., Kirkman, B. L., Whelpley, C. E., & O’Boyle, E. H. (2016). Management’s Science–Practice Gap: A Grand Challenge for All Stakeholders. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 2205-2231.


"By far and away the most common grand challenge that respondents reported was with regard to pay equality. Interestingly, the focus on pay equality was equally distributed across areas such as demographic variables (e.g., gender), employee rank, and social class. For example, one respondent said, “Academics need to focus on reducing or eliminating the gender pay gap. By allowing gender equality in pay, it helps stabilize the American economy and grows profits for companies by retaining and attracting important members of the workforce.” Another respondent mentions the importance in equalizing the pay structure across job: “We need to decrease the wage gaps between professions. The income inequality is crippling our nation and only the business world can change that. Some of it is obvious like don’t pay your CEO 300 times your least paid worker but it’s far more complicated than that and will require a lot of effort to do the research and see what makes the most sense.” Several practitioners discussed the need to focus on pay inequality across rank: “The large gap between manager pay and regular worker pay is too large. It creates a natural barrier to normal communication by creating a caste system in the workplace.” Additionally, practitioners made mention of better justification for pay decisions. As one respondent said, “We need to provide more precise guidance on developing HRM systems that will lead to mutual gains between employees and employers. We need better transparency regarding the reasons why certain pay structures are in place. More evidence is vital to help with income inequality.” page 2217

Banks, G. C., Pollack, J. M., Bochantin, J. E., Kirkman, B. L., Whelpley, C. E., & O’Boyle, E. H. (2016). Management’s Science–Practice Gap: A Grand Challenge for All Stakeholders. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 2205-2231.



Workplace diversity is viewed as a grand challenge that has been "addressed." "Finally, recognizing the importance of diversity was a topic that came up often in the academic data. Academics named appreciation for diversity as a grand challenge that has been addressed. This category was divided into two general types of responses: (1) recognizing that diversity increases one’s competitive advantage, and (2) having a diverse workforce reduces the likelihood of a lawsuit or accusations of discrimination. As one respondent said: “The value of diversity in organizations has been recognized as a key competitive advantage. Diversity provides equitable opportunities to all human resources and provides access to top tier human capital to drive value creation.” And, as another respondent mentioned: “I think we are more cognizant of the ramifications of dealing with a discrimination lawsuit. Organizations are doing a better job hiring and retaining diverse employees, which will allow them to avoid the headaches of a lawsuit. Whether or not that is the right reason for diversity initiatives in the workplace, it is nonetheless, reducing our reliance on Affirmative Action programs.” Based on this comment, as well as other similar responses, recognizing the importance of diversity has been a grand challenge that has largely been addressed. Yet, more work is needed in this area as the importance of reducing or eliminating discrimination emerged as a future grand challenge for both academics and practitioners." page 2217

Banks, G. C., Pollack, J. M., Bochantin, J. E., Kirkman, B. L., Whelpley, C. E., & O’Boyle, E. H. (2016). Management’s Science–Practice Gap: A Grand Challenge for All Stakeholders. Academy of Management Journal, 59(6), 2205-2231.



Really great article about qualitative methods, "Grand Challenges and Inductive Methods: Rigor without Rigor Mortis"



"It's kind of crazy because people think I got it made just because I got paper. I mean, I do got it made. But it's because I made it myself. Game, game." -Wiz Khalifa


Do little girls who got abandoned by their fathers tend to grow up and abandon men (pre-emptive abandonment)? And do little girls who got abused by their fathers tend to grow up and abuse men (control them before they control me)? - shower thoughts


Gaslighting: Where someone tries to convince you the reality you've experienced isn't true.



Strategy researchers really don't do mediation



What do stoners and prime numbers have in common?

The higher they are the more spaced out they get

- redditor miakhalifa10


Don't hoard talent in high-end industries. Instead encourage professional growth. In professional football, 20 of the NFL's 32 head coaches trained under Bill Walsh of the San Fransisco 49ers or under someone in his coaching tree. From 1994 until 2004, 9 of the 11 executives who worked closely with Larry Ellison at Oracle and left without retiring went on to become CEOs, chairpersons, or COOs of other companies.



"Einstein said the “problem of the Now” worried him seriously. He explained that the experience of the Now means something special for man, something essentially different from the past and the future, but that this important difference does not and cannot occur within physics. That this experience cannot be grasped by science seemed to him a matter of painful but inevitable resignation. So he concluded 'that there is something essential about the Now which is just outside the realm of science.' "



“I think that only now can we finally understand the concept of now. In cosmology, we think of the expanding universe as the continuous creation of new space; the universe continues to grow as the space between galaxies increases. That recognition makes it plausible that in the ongoing expansion, the universe is creating not only new space but also new time. Each newly created moment is what we refer to as now. Let's call this the "Now Hypothesis."”



“Imagine a woman who showed up [to a presidential debate] unprepared, sniffling like a coke addict and interrupting her opponent 70 times. Let’s further imagine that she had 5 kids by 3 men, was a repeated adulterer, had multiple bankruptcies, paid zero federal taxes and rooted for the housing crisis in which many thousands of families lost their homes. Wait… there’s more: she has never held any elected office in her life.” -Michelle Vitali



Got Kidney stones? Ride a roller coaster



Between 2002 and 2009, the murder rate for African-American males in their early 20s significantly exceeded the combat death rate for active duty U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Making it reasonable to say that African-Americans have been living in a war zone.



Why Etsy engineers send company-wide emails confessing mistakes they made



More women died in car crashes because only male crash test dummies were used until 2011



Et al is like my favorite co-author



Oh snap! ""This is about accountability. You should resign. You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on, and you should be criminally investigated by both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. This just isn't right."" -Sen Warren to Wells Fargo CEO Stumpf who resigned after this and turned over control of the company to his lietenant



"For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth it would look like complete destruction."  —Cynthia Occelli


Calamity Jane was known for her helpfulness, generosity and wilingness to undertake demanding and even dangerous tasks to help others. She was afflicted with alcoholism and wanderlust (and, perhaps, promiscuity) but, as someone remembered her, "Her vices were the wide-open sins of a wide-open country – the sort that never carried a hurt"



"Did you know that 2 to 3 glasses of wine per day can reduce your chances of giving a shit?" -sign outside of some restaurant


What do you call someone who doesn't fart in public? A private tutor.


Is your name google? Because you have everything I'm looking for.


Kauffman Firm Survey



If you are impulsive, anxiety leads to procrastination. If you aren't impulsive, anxiety is a cue to get working.



Someone from Brazil is Latino (geography south of USA) but not Hispanic (language is Portuguese).


"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid."


Why are rich people more likely to commit suicide than poor people? Because rich people have very little to blame their unhappiness on.



The American suicide belt is comprised of about 10 western states, this sort of wide longitudinal swath running from Idaho and Montana down to Arizona and New Mexico.



70% of Americans but only 10% of Scandinavians believe in the devil



White people getting poorer. Foreign born households saw their incomes increase 4.3 percent while native-born incomes dropped 2.3 percent



The healthy eating movement has really only changed the eating habits of the rich



Even women think men are more creative



UCLA Anderson has 23% female faculty (only 13% of full professors). Harvard's is 25%, Columbia is 17%, UC Irvine and UC San Diego both have more than 40%.



Cognitive bias cheat sheet



How to become CEO? The quickest path is a winding one.



How your body language can tell people you're a leader



Even preschool teachers are racist. The researchers showed 135 teachers a video of four children playing - a black boy and girl and a white boy and girl - and asked them to look for potentially problematic behavior. Here's the catch: there was no challenging behavior in any of the videos.



These companies run mentorship programs that actually work



Studies with mturk workers produce data that is of similar quality to data collected with undergrad students (Horton, Rand & Zeckhauser, 2011)


Insomnia leads to hostility at work, low job satisfaction, high levels of unethical behavior, high levels of cyberloafing, and even abusive supervision behavior by leaders



"I rent all my shoes. I'm deathly allergic to snake venom. My mother is world-famous in Puerto Rico. The secret to my famous spaghetti sauce is jarred tomato sauce. I wrote Kardashian fan fiction five years ago that culminated with Bruce Jenner becoming a woman." -Michael Che



Being rational is not correlated with intelligence. So smart people are as likely to be irrational as non-smart people.



The sources of dysrationality are basically that our default mode is intuition which is lazier, probability is not intuitive, we are selfish and thing our stuff is better than others, and we tend to confirm rather than disconfirm hypotheses



The average debt load for Colorado residents graduating from CU Boulder in FY2015 of $23,797 is lower than the national average of $30,100, and the statewide average of $25,840. CU Pell eligible students have increased by 8 percent since 2012. Further, CU students’ average loan default rate of 3.4 percent is 8 percentage points lower than the national and Colorado averages.



"In short, Republican elected leaders don’t look at all like America’s electorate. Today, 87 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared with just 43 percent of House Democrats. For context, in 2014 just 34 percent of eligible U.S. voters were white men."



The US population quadrupled during the 20th century, at a growth rate of 1.3% a year. From 76 million in 1900 to 281 million in 2000. Minorities are growing fastest with over half of Americans under age 1 belonging to minority groups.



Valve is run like a holocracy - no bosses. Some critics say it is run like high school with the "cool kids" having more say than others.



"If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one's own way." - 13th century Buddhist sage


We don't need to be needed, because it's such a burden to have others depend on us. We need to be valued. To know that we matter. That others appreciate us.



Magic Formula Investing Stock Screener



Prevention focused CEOs might be less likely to acquire other companies depending on how much stock option pay they get



"I've been single for a while and I have to say it's going very well. Like, it's working out. I think I'm the one." -some meme


She spent day and night cooking traditional Lakota food (buffalo stew, fry bread, wojapi) for the people on the front lines



Cool song - we both giving more than we both get



"It's better to have loved and lost than to live with a psycho the rest of your life." - some poster


"I'm pretty sure my last words are going to be 'Hold my beer and watch this'" - some poster in Rocket Fizz


Cool descriptions of the 10-5 Colorado victory over Stanford -- "Tractor Pull" and "Rock fight"


Lady Gaga's name is Stefani Germanotta


You will get burned out from helping people if your giving is reactive rather than proactive. Offering meaningful help is energizing, but having it demanded from you is exhausting.



"Crimes of greed are always more newsworthy than crimes of need." Coleman 1987


Press coverage of CEOs is highly skewed with 20% of CEOs generating 80% of the coverage (Hamilton and Zeckhauser, 2004)


Countries such as China which had a silver standard almost avoided the great depression entirely



The rate of suicide for middle aged whites jumped a nearly inconceivable 40 percent in a 10 year span



Consider these figures on suicide from Psychology Today: “Middle aged Americans are turning to suicide in alarming numbers. The reasons include … the mortgage crisis and most importantly, the challenge of a troubled economy. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) claims suicide rates now top the number of deaths due to automobile accidents.”



It’s hard for most of us to understand the power of conspiracy theories. From the outside looking in, belief in such seemingly nonsensical myths makes no sense. But to a mind strapped down by depression being force fed these tales that serve to free a person from guilt and self-loathing, it can make perfect sense. Is that really so different from watching a previously stable person descend into deep depression as a result of long-term economic stress, then avoid “the invitation to die” by latching onto myths that allow them to shift the blame for their failures from themselves to some form of “other?”



"When we were all younger -- many of you are my age and many of you are younger -- but when we were all younger we didn't lose so much, right? We don't win anymore. As a country, we don't win. When I'm president, we're going to win so much. You're going to get tired of winning. you’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don't win so much. This is getting terrible.’ And I'm going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again.’ You're gonna say, ‘Please.’ I said, ‘Nope, nope. We're gonna keep winning.’- DJTrump



Ellevate network - a network for women related to Ellevest



"The meal is not over when I'm full. The meal is over when I hate myself." -Jim Gaffigan


Racism is bad for your health



farewell left versus right, the contest that matters now is open against closed



Even if "reality" exists, does it matter? "According to evolution by natural selection, an organism that sees reality as it is will never be more fit than an organism of equal complexity that sees none of reality but is just tuned to fitness. Never."



the degree of tanning is directly related to how attractive a young woman is.



Frenchwoman Coco Chanel made tanning fashionable and chic



In Asia light skin is viewed as more attractive - in Ancient China and Japan, pale skin can be traced back to ancient drawings depicting women and goddesses in fair tones.



Unemployment has dropped a TON in Colorado



Who said it? Donald Trump, Stalin, Hitler or Mussolini. Surprisingly, they don’t sound all that different.



Half of Trump supporters believe the WWII Japanese internment camps were a good idea. And 20 percent think freeing the slaves was a bad idea.



Females are lighter in skin color than males



Biden: I tinted all the mirrors orange

Obama: What?

Biden: He won't be able to see himself

Obama: Joe...

Biden: He'll think he's a vampire



Joe: Hey Barack why does Trump wanna ban preshredded cheese?

Barack: Joe please


Barack: I swear to God



Cool review of Motivation



Orwellian worldview:

War is peace

Freedom is slavery

Ignorance is strength



prediction professor who called Trump's big win also made another forecast: Trump will be impeached



Out of four possible ways to respond to a partner's positive news, only one—an "active constructive response"—is good. Couples whose partners respond in any of three less positive ways are at greater risk of calling it quits down the line.



An active constructive response. "That's great, you've earned it, I'm so proud of you!" followed by questions. This conveys enthusiasm, support, and interest.



Marriage masters and disasters: "“There’s a habit of mind that the masters have,” Gottman explained in an interview, “which is this: they are scanning social environment for things they can appreciate and say thank you for. They are building this culture of respect and appreciation very purposefully. Disasters are scanning the social environment for partners’ mistakes.”"



""Disaster" couples showed signs of being in fight-or-flight mode in their relationships. Having a conversation sitting next to their spouse was, to their bodies, like facing off with a saber-toothed tiger."



"Contempt, they have found, is the number one factor that tears couples apart. People who are focused on criticizing their partners miss a whopping 50 percent of positive things their partners are doing and they see negativity when it’s not there."



"When the researchers analyzed the data they gathered on the couples, they saw clear differences between the masters and disasters. The disasters looked calm during the interviews, but their physiology, measured by the electrodes, told a different story. Their heart rates were quick, their sweat glands were active, and their blood flow was fast. Following thousands of couples longitudinally, Gottman found that the more physiologically active the couples were in the lab, the quicker their relationships deteriorated over time."



Conservatives are in the "action-based community" and create their own reality. Liberals are in the "reality-based community" and study facts on the ground. "The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.""



"It's so ironic that people are gearing up for Thanksgiving when Native Americans are being tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets and water hoses as we speak."



Fired Dean Ikenberry on track to earn $459,000 this year for doing nothing. For comparison, the next highest-paid business professor is John Lynch, whose total compensation this year is $450,606, according to salary data provided by the university (not including his $80k summer pay). Next is Jamie Zender, whose total compensation this year is $381,553 (plus an additional $70k summer pay). Chancellor Phil DiStefano's total compensation this year is $449,886 and Moore, the provost, will make $343,061.



Michigan coach Jim "khaki pants" Harbaugh is a "PR tornado" -- where "We’re all waiting to see where he goes, what he tweets or what he says next. He’s thinking, and we want to know what he’s thinking even if we’ll question what the hell he’s thinking afterward."


Edward Alderson - Mr. Robot's dad has the same birthdate as my dad.


At 225% of world domestic product, combined public and private debt outside the financial sector is currently at an all-time high the IMF says. Debt fuels growth but also makes borrowers brittle. World risks vicious cycle of low-growth and deleveraging.



Worldwide private and government debt:

$67 trillion in 2002

$112 trillion in 2007 at the time of the crash

$199 trillion in 2015



China’s total debt has nearly quadrupled over the same period, rising from $7 trillion in 2007 to $28 trillion by mid-2014. The rise, say the authors, has been fuelled by real estate and shadow banking - half of loans are linked to real estate, while nearly half of new lending is attributed to unregulated shadow banking. The country’s debt as a share of GDP stands at 282% - higher than that of the US and Germany.



NFL ratings plunge could spell doom for traditional TV



All of the planets could fit between the earth and the moon



The National Anthem stole its melody from an old British drinking song



Aqib Talib says Donald Trump “may fit in” Broncos locker room



Gilad Chen on the difference between motivating a system versus an individual



Janks_McSchlagg: Serious question, why are track suits so popular with eastern Europeans? ...or is this just a stereotype perpetuated by Americans?

sprinricco: Because it's slick as fuck.

Janks_McSchlagg: Most acceptable answer. Thank you



Gross worldwide product

$40 trillion in 2002

$50 trillion in 2007 at the time of the crash

$75 trillion in 2016



Americans have four freedoms according to FDR:

Freedom of speech

Freedom of worship

Freedom from want

Freedom from fear



America is sick and tired of hearing about liberals' damn bathrooms



Money increases people's focus on the instrumental aspects of others.



Top ranks (both intrinsically- and extrinsically-valuable) and bottom ranks (only extrinsically-valuable) elicit the most unethical conduct relative to intermediate ranks.



"Muy tasty" - some billboard in Austin


Why does Trump lie needlessly?



"it’s a logical flaw to think that if we have to take it seriously, we also have to take it literally."



"I call it conscious realism: Objective reality is just conscious agents, just points of view. Interestingly, I can take two conscious agents and have them interact, and the mathematical structure of that interaction also satisfies the definition of a conscious agent. This mathematics is telling me something. I can take two minds, and they can generate a new, unified single mind. Here’s a concrete example. We have two hemispheres in our brain. But when you do a split-brain operation, a complete transection of the corpus callosum, you get clear evidence of two separate consciousnesses. Before that slicing happened, it seemed there was a single unified consciousness. So it’s not implausible that there is a single conscious agent. And yet it’s also the case that there are two conscious agents there, and you can see that when they’re split. I didn’t expect that, the mathematics forced me to recognize this. It suggests that I can take separate observers, put them together and create new observers, and keep doing this ad infinitum. It’s conscious agents all the way down."



Pepsi had an internal marketing shark tank contest for $1 million in funding - the goal was to increase organizational agility



"Less than half of those diagnosed with a mental health problem had told their current employer"



the City Mental Health Alliance, a London-based organisation that promotes discussion of mental health in the workplace.



A 2015 study by Harvard and Stanford business schools estimated that job-related stress costs the US economy $210 billion a year.



Meshing of offensive coordinators with different personalities key to Colorado Buffaloes’ success



Trump says 81% of gray people are murdered by tan people. Pesky FBI stats say that 82% of murdered gray Americans are murdered by other grays.



Charlie Weis, horrible white coach who keeps getting hired



"The world’s young are an oppressed minority. Unleash them. Young American women are more likely to live with their parents or other relatives than at any time since the second world war."



"Michael Inzlicht, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and the principal investigator at the Toronto Laboratory for Social Neuroscience, believes willpower is not a finite resource but instead acts like an emotion. Just as we don’t “run out” of joy or anger, willpower ebbs and flows based on what’s happening to us and how we feel. "



What heals and kills simultaneously? Time. -John Hekman


"Arrival is the death sentence to an athlete. And that's really the paradox of success, that if you think you've gotten there, it goes quickly."



"She won 15% of the land to Trump's 85%"



Hogwart's guide to company culture



"Markets have an innate propensity towards crisis, he said. Left to their own devices, financiers will combat diminishing profits by taking more and more risks."



Sexist men more likely to have mental health problems. "Sexism is a social injustice and it might be harmful to everyone, including the perpetrators of sexism."



Highly controlling people try to control their targets by sending surrogates to talk to their targets, rushing the target to make decisions before they are ready, always ensuring meetings are on their home turf, making interactions super long or super short to confuse/drain their targets, constant lying, constant veiled threats, talking about television shows to make a person feel a certain way, being excessively formal, insulting the target to make them feel bad about themselves, and then of course gaslighting and denying they are doing any of this.  What they don’t realize is that control is an illusion, they can barely control themselves and certainly not others, and the sooner they realize this, the sooner they grow up.



People who feel out of control tend to become controllers. Deep down, they’re afraid of falling apart, so they micromanage to bind anxiety.



VCs are basically all white guys. African Americans make up 3% and Latinos 4% of the venture capital workforce and none of the 217 firms surveyed with more than 2,500 employees had an African-American investment partner.



Male dominance prevents divorce? "Finally, male dominance, but not equality of power between the genders, is associated with greater romantic relationship longevity. More specifically, the higher the relative degree of power attributed by respondents to the male, rather than the female, partner of a dyad, the lower is the subsequent rate of relationship dissolution."



Trump Honors Sacrifices Civil Rights Activists Will Have To Make Under His Presidency



Diversity works because it’s hard to build a national championship team if your players are all point guards.



Are you being gaslighted in your relationship?



"When two people relate to each other authentically and humanly, God is the electricity that surges between them." -Jewish philosopher Martin Buber



Democrats are going to use the Rooney rule to hire staffers



Americans believe that more than a third of immigrants can’t speak English; the real number is less than 10 percent.



Maybe a good TV show- riches to rags type of thing in Canada (where they make cans).



Maybe another good one



How to deal with someone who has Narcissistic personality disorder – basically realize they will never change



"Crash their economy and then condescendingly ask why so many of them are living with their parents" #how to confuse a millennial - @FlyingturkeyNOT


Remember how the alt-right created that lame professor watchlist? I petitioned to get my name added to the list



The US has 5% of the world's population and 25% of its prisoners. Prisoners who learn to code don't go back



“As the proportion of women in a department grew, turnover among women also increased, until the proportion reached 35%”



Only in England: "Find the Bastard who shat down my chimney: Homeowner's flue poo horror"



"All you do is scare and lie to try to get what you want. Don't you get tired?"



Shannon Sharpe: NFL officiating so bad some fans think games are fixed



Trump tweets since election

- Blasting media: 12

- Blasting 'Hamilton': 4

- Blasting people committing hate crimes in his name: 0



"Girls are faster and more accurate than boys in remembering words, according to a 2016 study of cognitive skills and brain function in 3,500 young people ages 8 to 21 by researchers at the Perelman School and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Recalling words quickly is an indicator of language and decision-making skills."



Did historical Jesus really exist? The evidence just doesn’t add up.



The criterion of embarrassment says that if a section would be embarrassing for the author, it is more likely authentic. Unfortunately, given the diverse nature of Christianity and Judaism back then (things have not changed all that much), and the anonymity of the authors, it is impossible to determine what truly would be embarrassing or counter-intuitive, let alone if that might not serve some evangelistic purpose.



Yeah, they are reading everything "To the extent permitted by law, the University reserves the right to access and disclose the contents of faculty, staff, students', and other users' electronic mail without the consent of the user."






"We are lakota sovereign nation, we don't own the land, the land owns us"



What can the Nazis teach us about trump? A lot! "“Outside of Germany people often wonder at the palpable fraudulence of Nazi propaganda, the stupid incredible exaggerations, the ludicrous reticences concerning what is generally known. Who can be convinced by it? They ask. The answer is that it is not meant to convince but to impress. It addresses emotion and fantasy. Nazi propaganda seeks to create in our minds tenacious ideas and fantasies.”"



Morning sickness protects embryos from harmful chemicals and microorganisms in food.



"Some of the tell-tale signs of meth abuse include sores, scabs and acne on the face.  Meth causes many users to feel a crawling sensation under their skin (called “formication”), causing them to pick obsessively at their faces. Heavy meth usage cuts off the supply of blood to all parts of the body, which destroys blood vessels.  The result is acne, sores and scabs that can dramatically alter a meth user’s appearance."



Patients cared for by female doctors fare better than those treated by men



Pick 2: Not blatantly offensive, remotely attractive, interested in you



The best performing stock since Trump's election is Transocean, the driller that operated the Deepwater Horizon rig



Management theory is a bunch of dead ideas: "Productivity growth is dismal in the West, companies are fusing at a furious rate, entrepreneurialism is stuttering, populism is on the rise and the old rules of business are being torn up. Management theorists need to examine their church with the same clear-eyed iconoclasm with which Luther examined his. Otherwise they risk being exposed as just so many overpaid peddlers of dead ideas."



"Researchers Bradley Owens and David Hekman have done groundbreaking research studying humble leadership–from the military to manufacturing to ministry. Through interviews, field research and lab experiments, they’ve concluded that the hallmark of a humble leader is his willingness to admit his mistakes and limitations."



“Women are often found to be more agreeable than men (Feingold, 1994; Costa et al., 2001). This means that women, on average, are more nurturing, tender-minded, and altruistic”



“Women are likely to be higher in Compassion on average”



“Men scored higher in Compassion on average when they completed the measure in the laboratory than when they completed it online.”



Replicating previous findings, women reported higher Big Five Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism scores than men.



In letters of recommendation, women get described in communal terms, which means they are LESS likely to get the academic position



CU boulder graduation rate is 71%



Trump is gaslighting America: He lied to us over and over again and then took all accusations of his falsehoods and spun them into evidence of bias



"This generation is so lazy! Get off your ass and start a war! Or ruin the economy or something! How do I send an email!" -@dialupmodem, making fun of baby boomers


"Being a millennial is like inheriting a burning house only to be told it's our fault and we can't handle the heat" -@just-shower-thoughts


"She is a friend of my mind. She gather me man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order." -Toni Morrison, Beloved


What percent of job growth from 2005-2015 was due to contractors and temps? 100% Holy shit.  Welcome to the gig economy.



Barely half of 30-year-olds earn more than their parents did at a similar age, a research team found, an enormous decline from the early 1970s when the incomes of nearly all offspring outpaced their parents.



When CU President George Norlin was ordered by the Klan-controlled governor to rid the university of its Jewish and Catholic faculty, he refused, and CU lost state funding as a result.



Image: Clinton and Trump supporters really don't listen to each other on Twitter



"In the golden California summers before World War II, Sammy Lee, a Korean-American, was just one of the “colored” boys in the Pasadena pool on Wednesdays. That was “International Day,” when Asian, black and Latino children were allowed to swim. After they were gone, the pool was drained and refilled with clean water for the white children who came every other day of the week."



"I'm so modern that everything is pointless"



"Dear daddy I love you so so much. Do you love me so so much. Love Esme"


High class hobbies will help you land a top job unless you are a woman"



Anadarko paid 5.1 billion to the government in the largest environmental settlement ever.



Fecal transplant cured hair loss alopecia



Oh Australia: “Police seek hardened criminal after penis pump is stolen from Mildura sex shop”



Me! Weeeee!



The scourge of racial bias in New York State's Prisons. "In most prisons, blacks and Latinos were disciplined at higher rates than whites — in some cases twice as often, the analysis found. They were also sent to solitary confinement more frequently and for longer durations. At Clinton, a prison near the Canadian border where only one of the 998 guards is African-American, black inmates were nearly four times as likely to be sent to isolation as whites, and they were held there for an average of 125 days, compared with 90 days for whites."



Sexism is the gateway drug to racism



Super cool blog post about teaching predictive analytics to undergrads



Since climate for inclusion was assessed as a unit-level construct, we followed Klein, Conn, Smith, and Sorra’s (2001) procedure and eliminated groups with fewer than three members (also Dwertmann, D.J. and Boehm, S.A., 2016).


P66 owns 25% of the Dakota Access Pipeline



Leadership simulation!

https://game.planetjockey.com/ david.hekman at colorado.edu then freetrial


White people are the most dangerous people in history



Hangover heroes!



Grab-n-go garbage!



Wax your skis!!



They used a drone to film giving students rides!



Holiday joy from chick-fil-a spirit night and donations for Boulder homeless



Cards and candy for kids staying at the Ronald McDonald house!



Sell water after a show - regroup after losing the leader



Created @boulderpups instagram!



Raking leaves -very cute



"The best one ever!" Write christmas cards at the UMC!



Make dog treats and sell them to raise money for the humane society!



Try to survive on just four liters of water for a whole day!



Boulder cleanup, with a drone!



Funny photo booth!



Pizza trucks for muscular dystrophy!



Drive a golf cart around campus for free!



Chocolate and pancakes on campus!



Chocolate covered oreos-- yum!



Care packages for workers! Now with Jesus!



Freerice.com and give out candy canes!



Cards and candy for kids staying at the Ronald McDonald house!



Teaching students about self-defense, Rex-Kwon-Do style! Featuring the student body president!



Collecting donations for domestic violence victims (Safehouse Boulder)



Toys for tots violent pinata smashing - crazy guy at the end!




Teacher loved this and wants more teams! Erin Shea-Bower <erin.shea-bower@bvsd.org>

Teaching fifth graders about saving money and interest! Do it every year!


Boulder creek cleanup - thumbs up!



Charity die tournament



The case against reality



A landmark recent study found that most highly qualified low-income students don’t attend one of the country’s roughly 250 top colleges. Many instead enroll in local colleges with relatively few resources and high dropout rates.



Directory of the women in the Leed's Women's Council



Don't hire stars, grow them!



Open letter to the CU Chancellor about self-acclaimed professional troll Milo Yiannopoulos visiting campus



ICC calculator



"Is grit in the context of leadership simply vision? Both involve persistence and consistency in long-term goals" -Russell to Christina Lacerenza


Humble people are more attractive mates and are less manipulative "These relationship maintenance behaviors are known as mate retention tactics ( Buss, 1988 and Buss and Shackelford, 1997) and range “from vigilance to violence” (Buss, 1988, p. 291). These tactics are often assessed using instruments such as the Mate Retention Inventory (MRI; Buss, 1988 and Buss et al., 2008) which provides a detailed listing of each mate retention behavior. Mate retention tactics range from relatively positive behaviors such as bestowing gifts on the partner to negative behaviors such as violence directed toward the partner or potential romantic rivals. Furthermore, these tactics include behaviors that are both intersexual (i.e., directed toward the romantic partner) and intrasexual (i.e., directed toward potential competitors). There are 19 specific tactics captured by the MRI, which include behaviors such as mate concealment, possessive ornamentation, and violence against rivals (see Shackelford, Goetz, & Buss, 2005 for a review). These 19 tactics are then grouped into five broader mate retention strategies: direct guarding (i.e., vigilance, concealment of mate, and monopolization of time), intersexual negative inducements (i.e., jealousy induction, punish mate’s infidelity threat, emotional manipulation, commitment manipulation, and derogation of competitors), positive inducements (i.e., resource display, sexual inducements, appearance enhancement, love and care, and submission and debasement), public signals of possession (i.e., verbal possession signals, physical possession signals, and possessive ornamentation), and intrasexual negative inducements (i.e., derogation of mate, intrasexual threats, and violence against rivals)."



Amazing popular press review of humility research



Perceived diversity is in the eye of the beholder, and depends on the demographics of the rater - in ARP paper Phoenix has


Diversity is all difference (personality, function, intelligence, education, background, sexual preference) but we focus our research only on visible differences (race and gender)


"What if racism got reduced by calling white people “gray” and black people “tan." Gray/tan are equally favorable, whereas black/white is pretty much synonymous with bad/good." -Swimming pool thoughts


Gray people just love touching tan people's hair



“What do we want from our mothers when we are children?...All we want from our mother is for her to admit for once that she is your mother, and only your mother, and that her battle with the rest of life is over.” [quote from today's NPR interview with Zadie Smith about her new novel]


Dylsexia is word blindness



"Leaders must be persuasive in communication, strategic in thought, decisive in action" - Terri Fiez


"Be thankful for the bad things because they opened your eyes to the good" -Terri


"Know what you know and what you don't know" - Faisal Shah


Cyborg Olympics!



A few years ago, behavioral economist Dan Ariely conducted a study at a semiconductor factory of Intel's in Israel. Workers were given either a $30 bonus, a pizza voucher or a complimentary text message from the boss at the end of the first workday of the week as an incentive to meet targets. (A separate control group received nothing.) Pizza, interestingly, was the best motivator on the first day, but over the course of a week the compliment had the best overall effect, even better than the cash.



Viruses are the most common organism in the ocean and help control cycles of essential inputs to healthy ecological functioning (Suttle, 2007).


"I like your quiet sleepy house. But I don't want to fall asleep because I want to stay awake and hang out with you." -Esme


You hear that sick beat on the radio at Wendy's and you're like "please let it be ice ice baby"... but nope it's always "under pressure" –me at Wendy’s


There’s two types of people in the world: Those who hear the word “stop” and immediately think “Hammertime” and those who immediately think “collaborate and listen.” –some funny guy


“Modification indices suggested allowing correlated errors between the first and third diversity climate items, which can occur for items with similar content (McKay, Avery, Liao & Morris, 2011).”


“Although the fact that disgruntled employees more readily declined to complete surveys, missing data at the extreme score ranges reduce statistical power to detect significant interaction effects (McClelland and Judd, 1993; McKay, Avery, Liao & Morris, 2011).”


“’Top-box’ or ‘strongly-agree’ responses on customer satisfaction surveys are important to companies, particularly in competitive consumer markets such as retailing. According to Jones and Sasser (1995), firms can be distinguished as those who provide completely satisfactory service (i.e. strongly agree responses) versus those that provide merely satisfactory service (i.e. agree responses). Also minority representation among sales associates was strongly correlated with the proportion of minority customers at each store (r = .92), which is consistent with past research (Stoll et al., 2000).” (McKay, Avery, Liao & Morris, 2011)


More and more employees are temporary, forming the new “gig economy” (Riley & Buckley, 2008).


The lightest skin color immigrants to the U.S. earned on average 17% more than their darker-skinned counterparts, and taller immigrants also earned higher wages as well (Hersch, 2008).


“Yes master my mistake” –Jude


“Hey bucket! The mop is here! Where’s my bucket?” –David (mop) talking to me (bucket) on skype while playing League of Legends


“You bring this ridiculous level of energy to the basketball court that is totally inappropriate for the moment. When you weren’t there, I tried to pretend I was you but it’s just too exhausting, and I gave up after 10 minutes. It’s so quiet without you. You’re needed Dave.” –Kent Cruger


Research idea: What if we call white people “gray” and black people “tan”? 


““There was a guy who was deathly ill in the hospital and the doctor took the man’s wife out in the hall and told her that her husband would die unless she adored him and nurtured him and totally supported him. She went back in the room and her husband asked what the doctor told her. She told her husband, “He said you’re gonna die.”” –My dad


“I gave her my heart but she wanted my soul.”  -Every married guy ever


“Can I have it all? Like a career and a family?” –No straight male ever


Research idea: Does percent female teachers in a discipline (i.e. STEM fields) predict percent female students? Is this causal?


“In the video game RUST, players who try to buy and sell (i.e. “role-players”) get targeted by the others in the game who just want to fight (i.e. “pvp-ers”). So there are people trying to do economy and grow and get rich through trade and people trying to get rich through killing and stealing.  Economy is about teamwork, promotion focus, growth and using one’s skills, and the war type of players are about individual-effort, killing, violence, fear, and prevention focus. Role-players get targeted by the PVP players – PVP players are threatened by the role-players and target and humiliate them.” –Jude


“Dad, I wish I had 10 younger sisters so I could show them all how much more you love me than them.” –Esme (age 5)


"Assessment centers value intelligence, extraversion and openness to experience. But not conscientiousness, agreeableness and emotional stability. So they value getting ahead traits, not getting along traits." -Prof Brian Hoffman


"Why Are There So Many Theories?" a Classroom Exercise To explain why there are so many management theories – basically each theory is a new tool in your toolbox



To check a PDF or HTML file for errors in statistical reporting, upload it below.

More information on this program is available here.



"So hiring on culture fit is good early on but dangerous over time, and the reason is that when you hire on culture fit, you bring in people who tend to think exactly the same way that you do. It’s code for, OK, I’m going to have people who share my values. And that means weeding out cognitive diversity."



"etymologically, the words “community” and “immunity” are actually symmetrical reflections of one another: community connotes contagion, contamination, being-together, shared burdens, reciprocal commitment, mutual care, the simultaneity of survival and destruction, and a lack of individual identity.  By contrast, “immunity” signifies borders, separation, neutralization, independence, non-interaction, non-commonality.  As such, the immunization paradigm refers broadly to societal processes which exempt people from commonality." -Phoenix Van Wagoner's brother


A group of superchickens just plucks each other to death, but a group of average chickens out performs the group of superchickens



"Communities are united by subtraction instead of addition, loss instead of gain, and obligation instead of privilege.  Mutual care is the core of such a community and the munus, or shared burden, is what the immunization paradigm seeks to eliminate.“ -Phoenix Van Wagoner's brother


Coefficient alpha should really be above .9, not .7



"Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow".      ~Helen Keller


"Dennis Quaid is the dad of Hollywood; Tom Hanks is the dad of America." -Ali Smith



When people laugh they always look at person they are closest to or the person they want to be closest to



“Cambria is the new Serif.” – Ali Smith


Room reservation website for future reference: https://vems1.colorado.edu/Default.aspx


Graphic design is my passion meme



“Racing stripes” is about a girl who rides a Zebra. Sounds amazing.



Noses and ears never stop growing



As of January 2016 , the largest known prime number is 2^74,207,281 − 1, a number with 22,338,618 decimal digits. It was found in 2016 by the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS). (2^n - 1 is likely the largest prime number)



Economic booms increase death rates because of increased pollution and alcoholism



High-trust organizations have five key elements:

Competence, Openness and Honesty, Concern for Employees, Reliability and Identification).



Paypal mafia "I think if you look at the post-PayPal mafia companies, or startups, the ideas were all very different," Sacks said. "Yelp, Youtube, Yammer, LinkedIn, the list goes on and on — they're all pretty different products. So, I think every founder had a very different product idea, but I think some of the techniques they learned and the playbook, how you get a startup to scale, I think was something they learned at PayPal, and had the confidence to do because of PayPal."



Justice is all about promotion focus, injustice is all about prevention focus



Family leave actually hurts female faculty’s chances of tenure (22% decrease) and helps men’s chances of tenure (19% increase). This is because women use family leave to take care of the kids, while men use family leave to do research.



"All motivation theories basically imply that more of the construct is better, like with goal setting more goals are better, with expectancy theory, more valence, instrumentality and expectancy are better. But not with equity theory. Everyone expects fairness, and when it's not fair or equitable, everyone gets angry.  So less equity is bad.  More just gets you to zero." Prof. Terry Mitchell


"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."    ~ Eden Phillpotts


"Three things really helped the Foster phd program 1. Alaska Airlines donated 500,000 miles to phd students for travel. 2. We increased phd student pay by $7,000. 3. Mike Johnson really helped grow the program -- I'm really impressed with the training MSU grads receive." -Prof. Terry Mitchell


When you need to reserve a team room, you can now do so at https://vems1.colorado.edu

Step-by-step instructions for team room reservations are located here: https://vems1.colorado.edu/images/koblhtm/images/VEMS-QRGforTeamroomsLeeds.html


Murderball.  It depicts the members of the US quadriplegic rugby team as they prepare for an international competition.  As the back of the CD states, Murderball is "a film about tough, highly competitive rugby players: Quadriplegic rugby players...[It] tells the story of a group of world-class athletes unlike any ever shown on screen...it will smash every stereotype you ever had about the disabled...most of all, it is a film about standing up, even after your spirit -- and your spine -- has been crushed."


"For instance, experimentally inducing people’s system justification motive leads to increasingly negative evaluations of business-oriented women when few women are perceived to currently be leaders in business (Kay et al., 2009)."



"First, building on Lerner’s (1980) justworld theory, empirical work emerging from the perspective of SJT shows that people tend to lionize winners and derogate losers, attributing their success or failure to their own dispositions, such as their intelligence or laziness (Kay et al., 2005)."



"Laurin and colleagues (2010) provide evidence that when people’s system-justification motive is heightened, they increasingly rationalize and defend the gender wage gap, increasingly attributing it to differences in the abilities that men and women possess"



"Perceived system dependence, or the degree to which individuals believe that their personal outcomes are contingent on a given system, has been demonstrated to enhance people’s tendency to justify and defend that system (Kay et al., 2009; Van der Toorn et al., 2014, 2011)"



Smiling makes you happier and healthier



Google's head of HR argues that a top-notch engineer is worth "300 times more than an average engineer"



"Great companies combine a strong sense of identity with a fierce hostility to groupthink. Andy Grove, a CEO of Intel, advised CEOs to balance the sycophants they inevitably attract by cultivating “Cassandras” who are “quick to recognise impending change and cry out an early warning”. These Cassandras are often middle managers who “usually know more about upcoming change than the senior management because they spend so much time ‘outdoors’ where the winds of the real world blow in their faces”. GE insists that its high-flying executives, most of whom are engineers by training, take courses in painting in order to “loosen them up” a little."



Job applicants are viewed to be creative to the extent they are similar to the person hiring them (i.e. generalist applicants are judged highly creative by generalist hiring managers, and specialist applicants are judged highly creative by specialist hiring managers). Interestingly, the authors go on to suggest that one of the best predictors of whether an applicant will be judged highly creative is whether the applicants' parents were college graduates, implying that higher socio-economic status is viewed to be a strong signal of creativity.



"I'm really worried Trump will win. I mean his foreign policy knowledge is horrible. All he knows is that Putin is a good guy, which is just crazy. The president drives 99% of foreign policy and can get us into a war before Congress can get its pants on in the morning. There's just so many Americans who will vote for Trump but are embarrassed to admit it, so he's under-polling. This is really scary."- Former IL Republican Governor Jim Edgar (the only recent IL Gov to not go to jail) talking to my students on Friday in October 2016


Tony Hayward

2007-2010: CEO of BP

2011: founder of Vallares

2011: CEO of Genel Energy

2013: chairman of Glencore


“Markets make great tools but lousy religions.” -Prof Jeff York


"Temporal discounting refers to the tendency to prefer smaller gains in the present and discount

larger gains in the future (e.g., spending money on a desired product in the present rather than

saving and investing that money for larger gains in retirement)."


"Ted Bundy looks like a CEO, but he chops you up."-Prof Brian Hoffman


Do the same people who disbelieve in evolution, global warming also disbelieve the business case for diversity? - SJ


"Individuals with strong dark side characteristics (psychopathy, narcissism, machiavellianism) can trick assessment centers. Socially skilled jerks are the winners at assessement centers." -Prof Brian Hoffman


"Humility is viewed as a weakness for generic "business leaders" but is viewed as a strength for "my leader"."


Wise psychological interventions have a BIG impact "What did that compliment mean to you?"



The article is about the benefits of loneliness. Links it to social awareness and empathy. Being lonely is high risk, high reward. I bet there is something here with leaders.



Seven behaviors of compassionate leaders



Growth mindset helps freshmen



Cool workplace incivility article



Professor salary info



80% of people think bad weather makes employees less productive, but the opposite is true - bad weather makes people more productive.



Academic Job Hunter Tips



MetaBUS is like a meta-analysis of all business research that managers can use



People expect positive interactions with high status people, and expect negative interactions with high power people




Diversity interventions


Gender quotas encourage more competent women to apply because women hate competing with men, but are ok with competing with other women. "Faced with a male and female combined competition, only 31 percent of women chose to compete. But faced with a contest that guaranteed a winning spot to a woman, over 80 percent of women entered."


Female board membership is positively related to accounting measures, but not market-measures of firm performance

sex differences in rewards (d = .56) (including salary, bonuses, and promotions) were 14 times larger than sex differences in performance evaluations (d = .04), and that differences in performance evaluations did not explain reward differences between men and women. 

women board members are more effective in male-dominated industries in reducing both the frequency and severity of fraud.

Gender faultlines lead to less loyalty, but task faultlines lead to more loyalty.  But the bad effects of gender faultlines are reversed and the good effects of task faultlines are enhanced when there is a strong diversity climate


Self-reliant female leaders are rated better than self-reliant male leaders



Black CEOs get penalized with lower customer satisfaction ratings only when the building are low quality. Customers take out their bias against the building



Amplification in the advertising business



Failed CEOs who are still CEOs





Lord John Browne, Baron of Madingley, was removed as CEO of BP in 2007 because of a refinery explosion under his watch. John was replaced by his lieutenant, Tony "America's most hated man" Hayward, who sold 1/3 of his BP shares one month before the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (perhaps the earth's greatest ecological disaster). Tony was fired for saying he "wanted his life back" and racing his yacht around the Isle of Wight during the spill. BP stock price dropped over 60% during his three-year tenure as CEO. He is currently board chairman of a large oil company (Glencore Xstrata, stock price down over 40% since he became chairman) and CEO of another (Genel Energy, stock price has dropped 88% since he took over). Bob Dudley (Tony Hayward's lieutenant) replaced Tony in 2010 and BP stock price has dropped 20% since. I'll bet the next BP CEO will be a woman...


Inclusion events are invisible, exclusion events are excruciating. Again this reminds me of what happens with globalization of trade – winners from globalization are invisible (we all get to buy jeans a dollar cheaper) and losers are highly visible (domestic workers at jean factories laid off).  With both globalization and diversity, we expand the pie, but some get a smaller portion of the pie. The parallels are striking. Expanding the trading and talent pool is better for society (drawing products/ talent from 100% of the population, not just 31%), but can be very painful for the old guard.



Our diversity talk~ starts at 13:00



Another one of our talks



Really good compendium of articles about inclusion



A scale of inclusive leader behavior (new iq) that the government uses. Looks like a good start. Probably too many dimensions though.



"If we are going to celebrate diversity, then I think we have to be OK with inequality. Because celebrating differences means people get to be individuals and there will be performance differences." -Prof. Terry Mitchell


Breaking down every NFL coaching job in 2016




Xmen initial scenes about feeling excluded

Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood

Monster - Charlize Theron


"Fletcher’s (1998, 1999) study, this work done by women was also underappreciated due to gender bias and power differences associated this work, which caused women’s contributions to disappear or remain invisible."



"Feminist pedagogy suggests that women may have different “ways of knowing”—acquiring and transforming knowledge differently than men— due to their socialization and self-concept"



"Thus inclusive leadership simultaneously creates uniqueness and belonging (Prime & Salib, 2014) to develop relationships at all levels of the organization so that tasks can be accomplished for mutual benefit (Hollander, 2012) and deliver long-term results. In other words, achieving effective inclusive leadership means “doing things with people, rather than to people” (Hollander, 2012, p. 3)."



"Feminist poststructuralist approaches to learning suggest that by gaining self-awareness in relation to their gender identity, women may be able to use experiences of invisibility and visibility as a skill in which they intentionally deploy (in)visibility—both visibility and invisibility used at times when one or the other will have the most social impact—to counter gender stereotypes (Stead, 2013). Deploying (in)visibility in this way engages women in knowing when to fit into a social context to “play the game” (Stead, 2013, p. 73) potentially making their gender identity invisible, and when to make their gender identity visible to create appropriate disruption of the norm and opportunity for learning (Stead, 2013)."



“This shift is captured in the tensions between the debate as to whether pedagogy is teaching for knowledge or creating learning through experience (Beetham & Sharpe, 2013). In feminist pedagogy, the role of educators is not to provide expert knowledge, but to provide an environment where knowledge can be socially constructed, drawing out what students already know (Maher & Tetreault, 1996). Thus the way in which learning is created in feminist methods may better align with developing leaders for a postmodern world of interconnectedness in which leadership is understood through a “relational, social, and situated perspective through a process of becoming” (Edwards, Elliott, Iszatt-White, & Schedlitzki, 2013, p. 5). Becoming a leader—or developing a leadership identity—then cannot be considered in isolation from the social connections and relationships that foster it.”



Idea - silos result from not enough organizational relationships (Andriani & McKelvey, 2009), and women focus on being relational leaders, so women leaders focus on "relational leadership approaches because these are the challenges that women face in their ongoing experiences in organizations. If this is the case, we might recommend that leadership development as a whole should forsake the traditional masculine based leadership development of old and ring in the new age of feminist pedagogy for inclusive leadership!"



Cover story: Minorities, women still strive for inclusion



BlindedHR makes the hiring process blind



"Power is zero-sum-- control for one person means less for another. But status isn't. The more respect you give to others, the more you earn." -Prof Adam Grant



"If you're a white woman in a company that's at least 40% women - emphasizing and celebrating everyone's differences was found to reduce attrition. However, if you're in a smaller minority - less than 5% - then the opposite was true. Emphasizing equality reduced attrition, and celebrating differences actually increased it."



Most businesses around the world feel diversity is very important but they feel unprepared to make their businesses more diverse



Most black male high school dropouts have served time in prison



Preventing employers from asking about criminal history actually INCREASES racism against black people because employers assume black people are criminals



Academic papers get cited about 5-10% more when coauthors are from different countries



Don't worry ladies, men declare sexism is over!



The best teams have high levels of psychological safety. The way to create psychological safety is to share something personal (like health issue, breakup, etc).



Practical steps that P66 HR executives want to do to increase the “visible aspects of diversity”
-Have two women/POC on every slate of candidate finalists
-Blind resume reviews
-Diverse selection teams/committees
-Training/workshops for recruiting staff, functional recruiters, hiring managers
-Merit pay has to be attractive to different demographics
-Communicate “potential” status to high potential employees
-Targeted leadership programs for women and POC
-Increase workplace flexibility
-Onsite childcare

Replace the word "inclusion" with "essential"


"My conclusion is that there is no general information about coverage of Diversity and Inclusion in B-School courses." - Prof. David Kravitz


Ethnically diverse companies are 35% more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians (McKinsey’s recent report -- Hunt, Layton, & Prince, 2015)


Unlike White employees, ethnic minority employees constantly reference the fit between their ethnic self and work environment (Chrobot-Mason & Thomas, 2002).

MA just made it illegal to ask for salary history this month

US govt did the same with federal jobs

Marc Benioff of salesforce fixes pay gap

Facebook gives hiring managers double points for hiring a woman/nonwhite person (which seemed to fail)

Ellen Pao bans salary negotiations at Reddit

Rooney rule implemented in 2003 - must have at least one nonwhite finalist for head coaching position. But now in 2016 80 of the NFL's current 85 offensive coordinators, quarterbacks coaches and offensive quality control coaches are white, including all 37 with the word "quarterback" in their titles.

Publicly posting demographic numbers for each department. Accountability works. "Once managers realized that employees, peers, and superiors would know which parts of the company favored whites, the gap in raises all but disappeared."

Mandatory diversity training, job tests and grievance systems are actually worse for workplace diversity than doing nothing at all. They backfire- making people more racist and sexist than before.

Diversity initiatives that actually work: voluntary training, college recruitment efforts targeted on untapped talent pools (women, minorities), mentoring programs, diversity task forces, and hiring a diversity manager. Why? Because these things promote contact with women/minorities, engagement with women/minorities, and accountability for hiring/promoting women/minorities. 

Mandatory diversity training, job tests and grievance systems are actually worse for workplace diversity than doing nothing at all. They backfire- making people more racist and sexist than before.

Diversity initiatives that actually work: voluntary training, college recruitment efforts targeted on untapped talent pools (women, minorities), mentoring programs, diversity task forces, and hiring a diversity manager. Why? Because these things promote contact with women/minorities, engagement with women/minorities, and accountability for hiring/promoting women/minorities. 

High potential woman executives are getting paid more than high potential male executives, especially in consumer goods and service industries


"By adapting the on-site training program to suit disabled job-seekers and by working closely with local agencies for people with disabilities, Walgreens was able to hire beyond its 30 percent target. What’s more, the company found that the center operated 20 percent more efficiently compared to others in its fleet, citing increased productivity, lower turnover and a highly motivated workforce."

Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) was designed for women to give them more flexibility at work, but everyone loves it.
"Sodexo did a big internal study and 42 percent of our teams are not gender balanced (had less than 40% women) but the gender balanced teams had 4% more engagement, 5% more brand recognition, and 23% higher profits." - Dr. Rohini Anand, Sodexo Inc

The girl scouts offer a negotiation badge

Boston is training 85,000 women to negotiate

The American Bar Association makes it misconduct to call women honey or use sexist language in court


Insight: For every incident of discrimination there is an equal incident of privilege. As a white man I need to talk about privilege and as a Latina Stefanie should talk about discrimination.

"Anyone who wants to be a leader has to go for it. But do women have to go for it more covertly?" - some wise person at the Wharton conference 2016

Research Idea from Nate Fast (USC) - Diversity conversation prototyping based on the person who initiates the conversation (majority or minority) and the tone and the content.

Berkeley had a diversity problem (only 29% of MBAs were women) and they did a bottom-up approach where students tried to solve it and increased the numbers to 43%. Harvard did a top-down diversity approach. The consensus is that people don't like to do diversity so it has to be imposed upon them. Top down is best.

"Women tend to realize gender bias exists when they have kids" PSU Prof Aparna Joshi
“Transparent performance metrics could be a way to remove bias from performance ratings.” –Prof. Katherine Klein

“The main thing I took away from your talk was that white men are the only ones who can really gin up the conversation on race and gender bias.” –Prof Andy Cohen

This is how you get people to see common ground. Talk about common experiences of being excluded.

Amazing video of the process in action here:

Autistic woman figures out how to help cattle get washed and killed efficiently

Male leadership "fits with" hierarchical networks, female leadership "fits with" cohesive networks.

Coke posts diversity numbers online

"Behaviors that promote team diversity inhibit team inclusion" - me

"Similarities attract, opposites enlighten." -me

"Emotion is the bridge between thought and body. Thoughts produce emotions, which affect the body, and actions produce emotions which affect thoughts." -Eckhart Tolle, wise dude


"Racism is sustained by the denial of racism" - some dude at AOM Anaheim bathroom to some other dude (not me srsly lol)


People think generic business leaders shouldn't be humble

Lucy Kelleway, Listen to Lucy FT

If your boss is a different race than you, you will get rated worse

Coke has 17% women employees and about a 10% turnover rate.

Organizations that have "diversity structures" -- employee recruitment and promotion strategies targeting underrepresented groups, and practices that indicate that valuing and promoting diversity are priorities of the organization, actually tend to have more discriminatory employees. Employees think diversity is taken care of so they stop caring about it.

Coke really focused on increasing diversity after a $193 million lawsuit in 2000

Job patterns for women and minorities in the U.S.

About a third of U.S. firms have self-managed teams for core operations, and nearly four-fifths use cross-training, so these tools are already available in many organizations.

Accountability works. "Once managers realized that employees, peers, and superiors would know which parts of the company favored whites, the gap in raises all but disappeared."

Women tend to under-rate themselves

Mandatory diversity training, job tests and grievance systems are actually worse for workplace diversity than doing nothing at all. They backfire- making people more racist and sexist than before.

Diversity initiatives that actually work: voluntary training, college recruitment efforts targeted on untapped talent pools (women, minorities), mentoring programs, diversity task forces, and hiring a diversity manager. Why? Because these things promote contact with women/minorities, engagement with women/minorities, and accountability for hiring/promoting women/minorities. 

"The average chess game has about 40 moves per player, and lasts three hours. The iphone is a grandmaster chess player basically. A game with zero mistakes means the game is a draw." - Prof. Diego Garcia

"In chess, experts are least likely to make a blunder if they are slightly ahead (half a pawn ahead)" -Finance Prof. Diego Garcia

Dan Ariely sent John Lynch (colleague here at Leeds) a Freud action figure doll and considers John his ego and super ego

KPMG found that its clients with onsite child-care earned a return on investment (ROI) of 125 percent.

employees who have kids in onsite daycare at Patagonia are 25% less likely to quit

American business leaders provide paid family leave to just 11% of U.S. workers.

Defensive oriented teams are focused externally, offensive focused teams are focused internally

Highly intelligent groups tend to engage in a lot of diverse activities and have ongoing theoretical tensions

6th graders in the richest school districts are 4 grade levels ahead of kids in the poorest districts

bosses guide men in improving skills and guide women in improving styles

National Diversity Day is October 2 - what is your diverse superpower?

Genetic diversity and economic development (inverted-U)

Very homogenous and very heterogenous NHL teams perform best (U-shaped relationship between diversity and performance)

"white men in Europe and the United States are the beneficiaries of the single greatest affirmative action program in the history of the world. It is called "the history of the world.""

Feeling trusted is emotionally exhausting for employees 

"Self-affirmation improves self-control by promoting higher levels (vs. lower levels) of mental construal."  To affirm yourself just write for a minute about why your top value is so important to you. Then you can persist longer on difficult tasks  (like sticking your hand in freezing water)

"Women are not broken and men are not the problem." -NCWIT tagline, the problem is how we interact with each other

Need to teach people how to have critical conversations

Roundpeg is like eharmony for employer/employee

"I want to know where that idea came from because I like how that person thinks and they might have other good ideas." -Julie Imig

"What would happen if we just added women, and didn't get rid of guys at the top?" -Julie Imig

"That forces otherness on people who are already feeling othered” – Jan Combopiano

Flip the script – words that hurt women:
“needs gravitas – means not me” 
“needs presence” 
“helpful” is code for “not leader”  
“is judgmental”

Americans now think it's ok to say what they really think about race


"We all want 'equality' for only our own group." -Prof. Stefanie Johnson

"All groups are equal, but some are just more equal than others." -Prof. Russell Cropanzano

"Some D&I practitioners are discouraged, some just want to keep their jobs. Few are really focused on changing things." - May Snowden

"Many black boys essentially drop out of school by third grade because they have so much self-hate for being on the bottom of the social hierarchy." -May Snowden

There's lots of diversity, homeowner vs renter, north vs south, white vs black, staff vs line, faculty vs staff, revenue generator vs support, elite vs non-elite, introvert vs extravert, etc.  Religion has a lot to do with these deep, deep beliefs about difference.  Arguments for race and gender diversity sound like arguments in favor of free trade and NAFTA (pie gets bigger).

Way bigger percentages of people die from inter-tribal warfare than modern warfare

Labels are for cans, not for people. Cool Coke commercial

"I want to see everyone connected to everyone in the world." -May Snowden

Is Trump just Archie Bunker?

Feminine Leadership or Inclusive Leadership? Women are afraid to use their strengths.

"Affinity groups at P66 - make people feel more included. Sonja Reed is A-MA-ZING (head of HR at P66)" - Trisha.

"If an avocado is ugly, then I am suspicious of it and throw it out if it tastes even a little bit weird. That is like diversity. If a person is a woman or brown and does something a little weird, then we throw them out." -Stefanie

Paper ideas with Stefanie
-paper floor
-facial reactions to nonwhite/women mistakes
-feminine leadership


Diversity/immigration has visible losers/costs and invisible winners/gains.
"If you mix ignorance and optimism you are guaranteed to be a success." -Mark Twain

"Countries can have universalist values, open borders or a welfare state. Pick two of the three." -Russell

White women taught black children to read

CDOs (Chief Diversity Officers) are overwhelmed with putting out fires. Some are marginalized. They come from HR and HR has never been focused on profitability. If you are focused on profits, no one takes you seriously. HR needs to be strategic.  Black and white women can bond because they are both women. Black and white men can bond over sports. At Kodak, I reduced barriers by having bosses and workers eat in the same room. This was a big change and broke down divisiveness. 


"... the role incongruity principle allows for prejudice against male leaders, to the extent that there exist leader roles whose descriptive and injunctive content is predominantly feminine. Because leadership is generally masculine, such leader roles are rare...." (Eagly & Karau, 2002; p. 576)  

Contrary to popular belief, Fortune 1000 board seats held by women not monopolized by an elite group of individuals


Predicting success at Google: Men who rate their competence 4/5 become stars, women who rate their competence 5/5 become stars

Women build support networks within a company and then lose it when they transfer to a new company

Catalyst has an online training about how to be an inclusive leader using the EACH model edx.org, catalystx.org.


"The Rooney rule has been criticized for not bringing lasting change"

Black NFL coaches earn $26.3 million in a 20-year career vs $49.7 million for white coaches

"We find no evidence that the Rooney rule reduced the racial disparity in assistant coach promotion rates"

Don't be color blind, be color brave

"You politically correct brah?"

Sweden has more Olympic medals than China

Blacks are 13% of the population and earn nearly 40% of our Olympic medals

"By adapting the on-site training program to suit disabled job-seekers and by working closely with local agencies for people with disabilities, Walgreens was able to hire beyond its 30 percent target. What’s more, the company found that the center operated 20 percent more efficiently compared to others in its fleet, citing increased productivity, lower turnover and a highly motivated workforce."

ABC has the first black president to helm the entertainment division of a major network (Channing Dungey).

Want to score more goals in soccer? Make sure you have lots of different languages spoken on your team

Tom Falk, CEO of Kimberly Clark made it his mission to make sure that women have equal opportunity. He would tell people “We all needed help to get here. You are going to help people and they won’t look like you. And you say you want the best people but all your candidates are white men – how can that be.”

“It not rest of the world, it most of the world…Don’t tell me the business case for diversity. Diversity is about people.” –Lord John Brown gay, Jewish former CEO of BP

GAP is the catalyst award winner last year and they are training 100,000 women in east asia on basic math skills.

Unconscious bias can make minorities feel more marginalized and make majority members feel hopeless. Need instead to focus on the positive – inclusion culture

BMO in Canada – every other board seat is filled by a woman.

“Corporate culture is built on a man having a wife at home” –Jan Combopiano from catalyst

Ethical leadership is inclusive leadership according to Thomas Mack

“For every David executive that gets replaced by a Susan executive, the David’s double down and get super scared because of the corporate culture of survivability” –Citi HR exec

If we rewarded leadership teams instead of individual leaders, then we could diversify the highest levels of corporate America because executives would all want the best executives on their team (like sports got diverse because of team culture with clear performance metrics).

Research ideas
How do you get diverse candidate slates if you don’t know the race and gender of the candidates?
Are people scared about the legal aspects of diversity? “We can’t talk about this (race/gender) or we will get sued”
How can we change what we can’t see?
How can we teach people how to have conversations about diversity?
How does “covering” and not being able to bring your authentic self to work affect productivity?
How does leader awareness of gender and race issues affect team performance and inclusion culture?
How would a blind career fair work? What would it do?
Does resume scraping and resume blinding increase nonwhite and female hires?
Do skip-level meetings with women and minority employees increase a culture of inclusion?
How are executive champions of women/minority ERGs viewed?
Where’s the manual for becoming more diverse and inclusive as an organization?
How do friendships at work affect the culture of inclusion?
What percent of employee time do people think about how their actions will be judged harshly by others (80% for women and POC)?
Whether and how gender balanced teams out perform their non-gender balanced counterpart teams
How would having team members taking turns leading a meeting affect the culture of inclusion?
What if people handed out physical disks (or electronic points in an app) in meetings to people who made a good point and then everyone counted up their disks at the end of the meeting to keep score? Would that enable women to get more credit for their ideas?

“Need to put the medicine in the applesauce when it comes to diversity training” –Citigroup HR executive

Ruth Bader Ginsberg said that Equality on the Supreme Court is when all nine justices are women and no one cares, because for decades all justices were men and no on cared.

What do parking lot lights mean for women and brown band aids mean for minorities?

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of consciousness we were at when we created them." -Albert Einstein

Talking about job candidates actually dampened diversity

The addictive personality might have evolved for leadership. "So, when searching for your organization’s next leader, look for someone with an attenuated dopamine function: someone who is never satisfied with the status quo, someone who wants the feeling of success more than others — but likes it less."

High self-monitors are sensitive to social situations and how other people want them to act, and are more prone to developing an addiction. They want to fit in so badly.

A psychiatrist who diagnoses mental illness, and sometimes demonic possession

20% of employers in the U.S. now offer empathy training for managers

Diverse countries are more expressive - they have a greater need for nonverbal cues to understand each other

My top five strengths: Humor, judgment, fairness, curiosity, creativity.
My bottom five strengths: spirituality, love, zest, humility, social intelligence

"Now, freedom is always coming in the hereafter but, you know what, though, the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now. And let’s get a couple of things straight here, just a little sidenote. The burden of the brutalized is not to comfort the bystander. That’s not our job. All right, stop with all that. If you have a critique for the resistance, for our resistance, then you better have an established record of critique of our oppression. If you have no interest in equal rights for black people, then do not make suggestions to those who do. Sit down."

"I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and German to my horse." -Charles V

"A divorce is like a symphony with a screeching sound at the end - the fact that it ended badly does not mean that it was all bad." -Daniel Kahneman in Thinking Fast and Slow

Duration neglect is the tendency to give good and bad aspects of experience equal weight, even when the good part lasted 10 times longer than the bad part

Duration of pleasure doesn't seem to matter. What matters is intensity.
-From Thinking Fast and Slow

"American women spend 19% of their time in an unpleasant state compared to 16% of French women and 14% of Danish women. There is a striking inequality in the distribution of emotional pain. About half of participants reported going through an entire day without experiencing an unpleasant episode...It appears a small fraction of the population does most of the suffering." -Daniel Kahneman in Thinking Fast and Slow

In Colorado it's against the law to ride a horse under the influence

Teams fail because they are looking too much inward and not enough outward

The number of gas stations fell by a third between 2004 and 2014 to just 39 in Manhattan. Nationwide gas stations dropped by 25%. 20% of new cars sold in Norway are electric.

"Life is short. False. It's the longest thing you do." -Dwight Schrute from the office

I tried to warn people. But did they listen? No. They never listen.

Doubt is a good thing because it slows down decisions

Ruin your search history "am I lack toast and tolerant?"

Turnover hurts group performance initially and then performance recovers

Ancient Greeks actually built a computer??

English is the 33rd weirdest language out of 239

Platinum rule: treat others as they want to be treated

Trouble with navigation is the earliest sign of Alzheimers. Oh geez

System 1 is more influential, guiding and steering System 2 to a very large extent

Colorado has the same GDP as Eygpt, CA the same as France, NY the same as Canada

Period. Full Stop. Point. Whatever It’s Called, It’s Going Out of Style

"It's all 'What the shit the fuck you are!' and the boys are even worse"

I sat next to this guy at Subway. I remember his game-winning catch that broke my heart as a kid.

Americans search "Is my son gifted" twice as much as "Is my daughter gifted". Fathers spend 40 more minutes per day with sons than daughters. Couples are less likely to divorce if their firstborn is a boy rather than a girl.

Couples are 76-95% more likely to get divorced if one of them smokes, and the amount increases if the wife is the one with the habit.

Each liter of alcohol consumed raises the chance of divorce by 20%. The average American consumes 9.4 liters of alcohol per year, raising their divorce likelihood 188%

An industry helps Chinese students cheat their way through U.S. colleges

Unilever's CEO Paul Polman stopped reporting quarterly earnings to allow the company and its investors to focus on long-term value

Last fall a park in Colorado closed because too many people were trying to take selfies with bears.

"we propose a negative, serially mediated association between higher parental income and lower future leader effectiveness via high levels of narcissism and, in turn, reduced engagement in behaviors that are viewed as central to the leadership role. "

Sorry Rasheed, the ball does lie

More women on the board means fewer mergers and acquisitions

65% of men age 65+ say they are completely masculine, but only 30% of men aged 18-29 say they are completely masculine

Attractive people earn about 20 percent more than average attractiveness people

“For women, most of the attractiveness advantage comes from being well groomed. For men, only about half of the effect of attractiveness is due to grooming."

Chills man, chills

Want to be more inspirational? Get some sleep

Budweiser changed the name of its beer to "America" for a few months (and Trump took credit for it) #peak trump

"It's all any of us wants, to find a nice person to hang out with until we drop dead." -Lorelai Gilmore

adrians: I had three stitches in my ear today and now my ear is swollen like a balloon
a-creepy-weirdo-has: I'm not being racist but if you didn't want your ear to swell up you probably shouldn't have gotten stitches.
adrians: How is that racist
burritwo: They just said they weren't being racist do you even listen
the-lost-doctor: I'm not gay but I really think cats deserve a chance to be in the olympics
chandra75: this conversation is the exact reason I quit drugs

lurkerpl: please stop adding "there are two kinds of people" and "that escalated quickly" to text posts
mr-egbutt: there are two kinds of rapid escalation
horussebooks: well that peopled twicely

High potential woman executives are getting paid more than high potential male executives, especially in consumer goods and service industries

28 years of stock market data shows a link between employee satisfaction and long-term value, even though stock prices drop when companies announce pay raises for employees, but four years later the stock price more than recovers because of increased employee satisfaction.

If people feel threatened about their culture (i.e. I'm a Canadian and feel like you're mocking Canadians) then they think about death. It literally makes them feel like they are dying. So immigrants make people afraid they are going to die. 

Do people conceal their nature as animals from themselves with religion, culture, clothes, and beer to avoid thinking about their mortality?

When people are thinking about death, they become more likely to vote for Trump.

In China, debt has ballooned to 280 percent of GDP, from 135% in 2009. It now takes 4 yuan of debt to generate 1 yuan of economic growth. Up from 1 to 1 in 2008.

"I sometimes think that the whole renminbi/yuan issue is a sinister plot by the Chinese designed specifically to deter people from discussing Chinese currency policy" -Paul Krugman, Nobel-winning economist

Women will compete if the goal is something they actually care about: the benefit of their children

"Use an oblique rotation if the factors are correlated; use an orthogonal rotation if the factors are independent" -Phoenix Van Wagoner

"Legendary fight with Shia Labeouf, Normal Tuesday night for Shia Labeouf."

"Children tend to live with more segregation than the population at large." 

"The gender wage gap is smallest not in the least competitive jobs, but in the jobs with the most flexibility"

If companies switch from paying cash to paying in vouchers that can only be used to buy things for one's children, then women employees will increase motivation to compete for high-paying jobs and men will decrease motivation to compete for high-paying jobs (30% of both men and women will choose to compete when rewards can only be spent on children, whereas 35% of men and 25% of women will compete when the reward is cash).

Behaving justly increases subordinate trust in white managers but DECREASES subordinate trust in nonwhite managers (because justice is expected and so it allows people to view minority leaders in abstract terms, which then allows them to express the 'nonwhites are dishonest' stereotype).

Kids with low self-control, and those who value a small prize today over a larger prize later are much more likely to be convicted in court as adults

Every dollar spent on refugees increases economic income in the local area by two dollars.

Like most personality disorders, histrionic personality disorder typically will decrease in intensity with age, with many people experiencing few of the most extreme symptoms by the time they are in their 40s or 50s.

Cool song

Another good one

Women on boards is a good thing,  "companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41 percent in terms of return on equity and by 56 percent in terms of operating results. "

Humble leadership works for the Golden State Warriors, "“I’m a professional listener,” he told me. “There’s a lot of smart people in the world, you know. I’m not the smartest. I’m just an integrator. The N.B.A. isn’t like the outside world. I can do whatever I want. But you don’t treat people that way.”  -Joe Lacob, owner of GSW

Smoking is not allowed anywhere in Austin, TX

Why do we assume people in powerful positions are white men?
Time will not solve the gender and race leadership gap. Action will.

"If you want people to be generous you don't need to offer incentives. You need to take away disincentives. That means no more forced grading curves or forced rankings of employees. It means defining success in terms of contributions to others, not only individual achievements." Prof Adam Grant

Founder of Chinese online retail giant Alibaba banned his first employees from living more than 15 minutes from work.

U.S. Workforce:
65 million white men
55 million white women
43.7 nonwhite men and women

In 2014 29.9% of men and 30.2% of women had graduated college, according to the US census bureau.

"I was under medication when I made the decision to burn the tapes.'' —President Richard Nixon

"When the President does it, that means it's not illegal." —President Richard Nixon, in a 1977 interview with David Frost

"You don't know how to lie. If you can't lie, you'll never go anywhere." —President Richard Nixon, giving advice to a political associate

"I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue." — President Richard Nixon, reflecting on the Watergate scandal in 1978

"Let me make one thing perfectly clear. I wouldn't want to wake up next to a lady pipefitter." –President Richard Nixon, quoted in Ms. Magazine in 1971

Best write-up of my work ever. “Some might argue that adding a second minority or woman candidate to the finalist pool is a type of affirmative action or reverse discrimination against white men,” Johnson, Hekman, and Chan write, somehow restraining themselves from inserting the word “assholes” in between “some” and “might.”

The national mammal is the bison. SKO BUFFS


"Empathy is an inherently generative space" - some consultants leading a design thinking workshop I attended

If you wish yourself and others to be happy, content, and at ease (loving kindness meditation) every day for 9 weeks, you will be happier and healthier.

"When people are under stress, they look to powerful leaders who feed their fears." -Russell Cropanzano

"We stand with Tonto" - some bumper sticker

"The great work of our time is saving the earth. Saving Creation." -Geologian Thomas Berry

"She has the same half smile and expression the whole day. I've never seen that before." -Josh Anderson

Dean's Leadership Forum students want more student interaction, presentation not a paper, dinner earlier in the semester, take-away of the day, read a book like the Aeneid, and have the upperclass leaders come in and share.

Eight different professors declined to write a letter for a difficult tenure case that was ultimately unsuccessful. Here are their excuses for not writing "no time" "I have editorial duties" "no familiarity with the candidate" "I'm swamped" "I have new responsibilities" "I have family health issues" "I have a new job" "I'm not qualified"

"Affective Events Theory basically says that events lead to affect which leads to attitudes." - Russell Cropanzano

Benjamin Radcliff has a book on life satisfaction and concludes that people living in a welfare state are happiest, both the rich and poor people are happiest in a welfare state.

The doctrine of Hayek is that welfare state pushes us apart, but Bismark gave everyone state pensions and it unified the country. And the Reagan cutbacks led to more regionalism.

Students who complain about wanting to get an A instead of an A- are basically saying that the teacher is a wonderful grader 90% of the time, and a terrible grader 10% of the time. It's a tough case to argue.

CU has a female mascot. Ralphie the buffalo is female

Midwestern casualness is why we refer to the University of Colorado as CU. The same applies at Kansas-KU, Missouri-MU, Nebraska-NU and Oklahoma-OU.

Diversity when combined with shared leadership leads to information sharing and better team performance

Diversity without affect-based trust actually hurts team innovation

Addictive personality might be designed for leadership

UCLA grads leave college with about 30 percent less debt than Penn State grads and earn about 30 percent more when they graduate, even though they are both prestigious state schools.

Two-thirds of University of Phoenix students fail to pay any of their student loans back.

What do Auden, Sartre and Ayn Rand have in common? Adderall/Meth

"Fathers who are union members have children who earn at least 15 percent more than those who are not in union families...supporting unions not only helps workers but also helps their children and communities as well."

Are college lectures unfair? "Students over all perform better in active-learning courses than in traditional lecture courses. However, women, minorities, and low-income and first-generation students benefit more, on average, than white males from more affluent, educated families."

Ways to network at a party, WSJ

Ivy Leaguers in their 20s make even more money than you thought

Doctors finally know What Your Blood Pressure Should Be (systolic below 120)

70 million Americans are poor sleepers which puts them at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and shorter life expectancy

Boulder now boasts the largest number of phds in the nation at 8.2 percent

Average family income:
White: $60,000
Asian: $74,000
Hispanic: $42,500
Black: $35,400


“And then it dawned on me: For them the arena, and then the parking lot, had become their own safe spaces, where these people, who had long been reined in by changing societal expectations and especially the heavy burden of political correctness, felt they were finally free of the ridiculous expectations of overly sensitive liberals.”

Public Service Announcement: Tom Brady is a Trump supporter. 

"So far the healthy eating movement has mostly changed the eating habits of wealthier Americans" Because they are the only ones who can afford it.

"But what I have instead is the chance to make the choice to love someone, and the hope that he will choose to love me back, and it is terrifying, but that's the deal with love."

"It's a lot of seeing people you are supposed to remember." -Jill describing a social event

"Pre-crastination is the inclination of completing tasks quickly just for the sake of getting things done sooner rather than later."

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." -Nassim Taleb

Pascal's triangle is amazing


"We don't do big things anymore. With exceptions of Elon Musk, Google and Amazon. Leaders tend to foster divisiveness vs collective goals. In leadership there are calls for, but lack of action to promote individual initiative and responsibility. There is a record low trust in leadership, even when people tend to trust the industry. There is also low trust in institutions like science. Good leadership topics to study are collective leadership and creative leadership. We need to kill authentic leadership next.  We also need to study the leader as "sensemaker in chief" and we need to know what does and does not work for leader development." -Duke Prof. Sim Sitkin

"At MIT, students hate the word leadership because they associate it with people who are power hungry. We want to rename our leadership center the anti-leadership leadership center." -MIT Prof Deborah Ancona who should rename it the Humble leadership center maybe

"Let's get down to the physics of the thing" -Elon Musk

"Leadership is an influence process to achieve a collective goal. So we need to start with the goal and work backward to determine what type of leadership we want." -Maryland Prof. Hui Liao

“UPS has more sensors on each truck than packages on each truck. Harris Casino is using video surveillance to track worker smiles. These hourly metrics might be able to replace performance reviews. 10% of Fortune 500 companies have gotten rid of performance reviews. Showing employees the results of their hourly behaviors decreased non-productive time, but didn’t increase productive time. People who are high on social comparison already know how they compare to their coworkers. People who are low on social comparison improved the most from seeing how they spent their time.  Also the people who had low support from their supervisors improved the most from seeing their transparent performance. Hourly metrics thus act as a substitute for leadership.” – Prof Ethan Bernstein

“What is the nature of the super-ego monitoring you? If God is now Google and not a religious God what is the nature of that God? Benevolent or not? Are people more productive with a benevolent God or a mean God?” –Ethan Bernstein

“Greater transparency in performance feedback demands MORE not less leadership because leaders need to explain what the flood of data means and how to improve in response to it.” – Ethan Bernstein

“Most of the voice literature is all about frequency of voice. But what about content of voice? We found that there are three types of voice content – importance, resources, and interdependencies. Moreover, voice motivated by organizational identification was more likely to be listened to than voice motivated by professional identification.” –Ethan Burris

“There could be routinization of voice so managers get immune to it like ‘Oh here it comes again.’” – Michelle Duguid

“Minimal goals transform negatives to non-negatives. Maximal goals transform non-positives to positives. Goal-setting theory is focused on minimal goals. But it seems the best for motivation is to have very difficult minimal goals. Half of people have both maximal and minimal goals and those people tend to be prevention focused. One-quarter of people tend to have maximal goals only and those tend to be promotion focused.” – Prof. Steffen Giessner

“Prospect theory has both dimension sensitivity and loss aversion dimensions.” –Drew Carton

“96% of leaders are burned out (Byrne et al., 2014; Gallup 2013)” Prof. Klodiana Lanaj

“The meta-analytic correlation between physical attractiveness and leader emergence is .27.  This effect is the same for men and women, even though the effect is stronger when men are the raters (r = .43) versus women (r = .15)” – Prof. Stephen Courtright

“The main occupations for abusive supervision are college athletic coach (pay is not an option), haute cuisine (if junior chefs don’t work for a full year they don't get a letter of rec, and junior chefs often get fired after 364 days), surgery (no mistakes), law firms (partners abuse associates), investment banking (outcome matters a lot). These contexts are also our most popular TV shows. It’s like we enjoy watching the negativity. We like the drama.” – New Directions in Leadership Conference attendees

“Since the Ohio State studies, leadership measures have conflated leader behaviors with leader outcomes.” –Ben Tepper

“Can we teach leadership? Yes! If we simply disabuse our students of the notion that hostility is a good way of getting things done. There may be a positive and a negative pathway of leader hostility on organizational outcomes, but the negative pathway swamps the positive one.” –Ohio State Prof. Ben Tepper

“You should do a draw play when you talk about race and gender bias. Start by asking people for evidence supporting the idea that white men are discriminated against. Be on their side. Be their allies. Then turn the tables and say it turns out the data doesn’t support this idea. That way you are on the audience’s side. And then they can change once they see the data.” –Duke Prof. Sim Sitkin

“And the jeopardy theme song is almost done in my head.” –Wharton Prof. Drew Carton after waiting in silence for half a minute waiting for someone to talk

“If you want a student to stop talking, walk toward them slowly.” –Wharton Prof. Katherine Klein

Societies plagued by infectious diseases tend to be more collectivistic and xenophobic, whereas low rates of infection make people more open to outsiders and extravert.

Latent toxoplasmosis tends to increase guilt, vigilance and distrust, at least among men (Flegr et al. 1996; Flegr 2007; Lindova et al. 2006). toxoplasma seroprevalence is also associated with a strong focus on competition and personal achievement, at the expense of concern for others. Infection is linked to reduced conscientiousness, morality, and rule-conscious behavior among males (which are in most societies disproportionately active in public life and business) (Flegr and Hrdy 1994; Flegr et al. 1996; Webster 2001).

The finding that some personality effects appear to be opposite for men and women also suggests that infection drives behavior rather than vice versa (Webster 2001). Finally, studies have shown that medication suppressing toxoplasma infection reduces the behavioral effects as well (Torrey and Yolken 2003; Webster et al. 2006).

"Autistic kids are only happy to the extent they can shut out or control or memorize how to respond to the imperfect external environment. Otherwise the outside world causes them tremendous pain. Peer relationships are toughest for autistic kids because peers are the least predictable. Older and younger people are much more predictable and therefore autistic kids prefer to interact with non-peers." -Some behavioral therapist I sat next to on a plane

"What is the business case for homogeneity? Why don't people have to explain why they want another white male leader?" - May Snowden

"Procter and Gamble and many major corporations rotate all rising star execs through D&I for 18 months (they have to manage D&I). They are just doing their time. Nothing changes. People are confused about what the role of head of D&I should be. Are they supposed to increase productivity? Diversity should always be linked to engagement and the bottom line. Millenials are highly engaged at starbucks. White men are more engaged at work on average. Diversity needs to be an organizational goal. Sometimes its an HR goal. Sometimes. But HR directors are often uncomfortable around diversity. People need to understand their own consciousness around difference and unity. Need to believe that the more people participate, the bigger the pie gets. CEOs have their buddies. Diversity makes them nervous. They don't like to get nervous. LGBTQ movement succeeded because they got companies to be supportive. They used the power of the purse. Also adoption, daughters, mixed marriage might encourage diversity." -May Snowden

"Greg Garland is P66 CEO and part of secret CEO group." –Trisha


Cool meeting software 

"Anger makes people feel energetic and empowered and risky so they nourish it. Resentment is high activation, high negative. People pay more attention to negative events and positive experiences. Sadness tends to persist. Pleasure persists because people take steps to lengthen it. Anger burns itself out quickly unless people artificially extend it because it feels good. Resentment is usually reserved for moral events. Jealousy results when someone takes something that is mine. Envy comes when people have something I don't. " - Russell

"The management division has the most pay dispersion." -Russell

one significant cost driver for tuition increase is a shift in majors from low-cost (generally liberal arts) to high-cost (STEM fields and business) programs.

"past research has demonstrated that interaction effects such as the ones central to our moderated mediation models are highly unlikely to result from common method biases (Siemsen, Roth, & Oliveira, 2010). "

“Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.”
― Plato, The Symposium

"Forsterling, Preikschas, and Agthe (2007) who found that attractiveness impacted ratings of men and women differently. Specifically, they found that women evaluating an attractive woman used a derogatory attribution (e.g., luck) but when they evaluated an unattractive woman they used a flattering attribution (e.g., ability). They followed an opposite pattern when evaluating men."

Israel actually means "God wrestler"

Self-esteem comes from social relationships, physical appearance, and work. The problem with it is that it deserts you precisely at the moment you need it (after failure).

"Talk like ted" speaking tips -
be personal - people care about the messenger more than the message
Make people want to root for you
Be funny

Academic definitions of wisdom describe it as openness, humor, comfort with uncertainty, and emotional stability (Bangen, Meeks, & Jeste, 2013).

Whereas traditional forms of capital such as social or human capital focus on who individuals know and what they have, psychological capital represents what an individual feels he or she "can become" (Avolio & Luthans, 2006).

People who are focused on unmitigated communion have high motivation to serve others but little drive to help oneself and may engage in unhealthy behaviors (Helgeson, 1994), struggle with cooperation, and lack drive for self-development and accomplishment (Abele & Wojciszke, 2007),

Diversity is curvilinearly related to economic development. "(i) increasing the diversity of the most homogeneous country in the sample (Bolivia) by 1 percentage point would raise its income per capita in the year 2000 CE by 39%, (ii) decreasing the diversity of the most diverse country in the sample (Ethiopia) by 1 percentage point would raise its income per capita by 21%…"

only two percent of women-owned firms generate more than one million dollars annually.

Diversity leads to more conflict and more innovation at the country level.

Theory/Data paper with Jeff/JJ
Diversity -> CO2 reduction
Positive mod by social welfare logics
Positive mod by family interdependence
Negative mod by Econ logic
Positive mod by entrepreneur entry
Need panel data and instruments
Next let's write a one pager. :)

"Anger is a parasite that hides in your head and makes you feel it's rational. It blinds you to the fact that you are an angry person." -Russell Cropanzano

The mediator for the status quo study is basically fear of hiring someone just because they are black/female - Stefanie's idea 4-27-16

"For monks the way the universe and beyond is built is our values. That type of commitment is very rare in the U.S. Values to most Americans are simply preferences -- which are very superficial" -Russell Cropanzano

"There's 300 male benedictine monasteries (8000 monks) and 840 female benedictine monasteries (16000 nuns). Their motto is work, pray, study. Deductive category development (Mayring, 2000)." -

Diversity should lead to clearer promotion policies, more objective job performance criteria (to be sure bias is eliminated), more inclusiveness which should lead to more engagement, and more flexibility (to accomodate diverse needs of workforce).

"Having diverse, inclusive organizations is good for business, says Kropp, citing CEB research from 2013 that found "working in a diverse team" is among the top five most-important drivers of employee engagement and discretionary effort in the workplace. It also found that companies with diverse leaders generate twice the revenue and growth as those without, and that employees in such organizations are 19 percent more likely to stay longer and collaborate up to 57 percent more effectively with peers. Diversity and inclusion is also a bigger priority for executive boards these days: Nearly 60 percent of organizations share D&I data with their boards, compared to 10 years before, when none of them did, according to CEB's study, titled Creating Competitive Advantage Through Workforce Diversity."

Diversity should lead to clearer promotion policies, more objective job performance criteria (to be sure bias is eliminated), more inclusiveness which should lead to more engagement, and more flexibility (to accomodate diverse needs of workforce).

Women's tennis professionals have greater name reconition and popularity going for them -- especially in the United States - but they get fewer endorsements

Professional sports all diversified around 1946 (after WWII).

Controversy around Adam Grant

Hedi Slimane is the Steve Jobs of fashion - Sales revenues at YSL doubled in Slimane's first three years on the job.

You can either look like a woman or look like a scientist, not both. Feminine women deemed less likely to be scientists

Intelligent people are more attractive and taller than less intelligent people

"I love fat oppossums because it looks like someone literally just inflated them with a bike pump a lil bit"

"Shut up! So that you can hear my essential oil diffuser." white woman in Boulder

"I always drank coffee out of jars, but I just recently started drinking water out of jars, and it’s like, the best thing ever." -white woman, in Boulder
#what a time to be alive
#the best thing
#water out of jars is

"When you see an attractive homeless person, that really makes you think. That means they were unable to get by on just their looks." -white women, in Denver, at a concert
#what could possibly have led them to this
#if an attractive person can't make it in this world
#what hope is there for the rest of us
#i guess we'll just have to survive on our wits
#and our ninja skills
#that's all there is for us
#things that make you think
#think think think
#winnie the pooh

My sophomore spanish teacher loved this song
"There's three things GAP employees care about -- pay, career mobility and job flexiblity. Underpaying people is just borrowing problems from the future. It will catch up with you eventually. The trick is getting people out of the stores and into corporate. People in the stores are closest to the customers and are the most innovative." - Chief HR officer Dan Briskin at the White House briefing on Corporate Sector Diversity

"Sodexo did a big internal study and 42 percent of our teams are not gender balanced (had less than 40% women) but the gender balanced teams had 4% more engagement, 5% more brand recognition, and 23% higher profits." - Dr. Rohini Anand, Sodexo Inc

Staples hires 45,000 people per year

Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) was designed for women to give them more flexibility at work, but everyone loves it.

"Go where the energy is"

"There's a $430,000 pay gap for women over their careers, $900,000 pay gap for African-American women, and $1,000,000 pay gap for Latinas. Pay disparity is always the result of an ingrained practice within organizations. Organizations value male experience more than female experience. Military service means leadership experience, but being a waiter at a restaurant doesn't count as customer service. Blind auditions plus not being able to lobby for preferred candidates increased female job hires in a large sector of the government by 93%" -Jenny Yang, head of the EEOC

"Get the private sector to talk to the private sector about the White House diversity initiatives. Get Intel to talk to other businesses about why they think diversity is important." -

"The wage gap has remained but the excuses have changed. It used to be that women had less education than men, but now that women have exceeded men in education, the excuse is that women are applying for female jobs (i.e. "occupational segregation"). And the only reason the wage gap narrowed recently isn't because women got paid more, it's because white men got paid less as a result of the recession." -Some smart person at the White House roundtable discussion on equal pay

The girl scouts offer a negotiation badge

Boston is training 85,000 women to negotiate

"A key to getting gender pay equality is to not allow employers to ask about previous pay history." -Prof. Linda Babcock at the White House

"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist." -St. Francis of Assisi

"Some of the neurotypical partners say that when they were going through a vulnerable time in their lives, the strong, quiet, gentle, highly intelligent and loyal presence of the Autism Spectrum partner provided a sense of emotional security."

In the 2016 Financial Times MBA rankings, only two of the top 25 schools have female deans. 36 percent of marketing and management faculty are women, but just 22 percent of finance, operations and econ faculty are women.

The smarter you are, the less likely you are to lie

However, the more creative you are the more likely you are to lie

Weird ideas for managing creativity - basically creative places are really annoying and inefficient places to work.

In shocking move, club of wealthy, white Harvard men breaks decades of silence to come out in favor of the status quo

When leaders clash with culture, companies perform better. The job of a leader is to bring something new and needed to the table. If you have a task focused culture, hire a relational leader to maximize performance. If you have a relational culture, hire a task-focused leader.

"Berkeley got more women to take a coding class by changing the name from 'design of coding' to 'beauty and design of coding'". - Some Haas Berkeley prof.

Google finds "shrinkers" - words that make you look bad  - in your email.

This fast food chain has super low turnover, is super fast and super accurate. “People ask me, ‘What if you spend all this time and money on training and someone leaves?’” Crosby says. “I ask them, ‘What if we don’t spend the time and money, and they stay?’”

Cook and Glass call this process the "savior effect" since, in the majority of cases, companies replace women and minorities with white men. In fact, women succeeded other women or minority CEOs in only four of the 608 transitions over a 15-year period, according to the researchers.

There's an optimal amount of team diversity. Diversity benefits decay because people homogenize, and because diverse teams are fragile. These problems are overcome if you have redundant homogenity (each diverse person has a clone).

"Homogenization occurs in part as a function of etiquette biases and the “group paradox,” i.e., the fact that people’s desires to connect with other group members reduces the likelihood that they will share their real opinions, especially when their opinions differ (Berg and Smith 1995, Bourdieu 1984, Burt 2007)."

The three main problems with group diversity are homogenization (i.e. groupthink or people hiding differences), fragility (i.e. people quitting), and fragmentation (i.e. subgroups and faultlines developing).

"Although conflict has been a major focus of diversity research, we view it as an important mechanism that both causes and results from the three basic failures. For instance, interpersonal conflict often leads to individual exit and turnover, and conflict is also a frequent by-product and/or cause of fragmentation. In addition, a desire to avoid conflict encourages homogenization; even when A and B disagree, A may opt to remain silent or feign agreement"

“I left the woods for as good a reason as I went there. Perhaps it seemed to me that I had several more lives to live, and could not spare any more time for that one.” ― Henry David Thoreau

One of the biggest questions remaining is what will happen when the Obama administration’s new equal-pay rules go into effect in 2017?  These rules will require companies with more than 100 employees to report their employees’ compensation, broken down by race, ethnicity, and gender, to the federal government.

For companies that decide to make salaries public, internal efforts to close the gender gap aren’t far off.

One study found that while men’s earnings increase by 6 percent when they have children, women with children saw their earnings decrease by 4 percent for each child.

Women who never married earn 94 percent of their male counterparts, while married women earn only 78 percent.

"Human beings are messy, multidimensional creatures, living in a messy ever-changing world. There is nothing wrong with making a plan, but there is something wrong with doing everything as a part of a plan that fits in with a vision of who you already are and where you were going. Making a point of breaking out of your limited perspective everyday, with trained spontaneity, you are training yourself to see your life as a constant flow of possibilities, more importantly, you remember what you do with the possibilities. We should think of ourselves as a project, through experiences, we can train ourselves to construct a self better than the self we thought we were."

"This conversation's already too long. Bye" - Kourtney Kardashian ending a phone call

"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn." -Gore Vidal

"The data suggest that online dating has almost as much a pattern of same-race preference as offline dating, which is surprising because the online world doesn't have the same racial segregation constraints of the offline world."

Excruciate means "the pain of being crucified"

Adding the words "salary negotiable" to a job description helped significantly close the negotiation gap between men and women.

Blind job auditions lead to 58% women, 42% men candidates hired.

The gender wage gap has only closed by 1.7 percentage points over the last decade, compared to 3.1 points the decade before and 9.7 the decade before that.

In the Hawk-Dove prisoner's dillemma game, disadvantaged players tend to cooperate with each other, but advantaged players tend to compete with everyone

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." - Bertrand Russell
Subordinate ratings might be most accurate ratings of leaders

13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

In the short term lazy ants are inefficient, but in the long term, they are not

"There's no I in denial" -redditor regretsZ

"I'll never forget my grandfather's last words before he kicked the bucket. He said, 'Son how far do you think I can kick this bucket?'" - redditor Rockatelli

"You don't need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice." -redditor HighQualityUsername

"Who is this Rorshach guy and why did he paint so many pictures of my parents fighting?" -redditor elfstone08

"Exaggerations went up by 1 million percent last year." -redditor C_puffin

"Rocket league is a really fun game because you play soccer, but you are a car kicking the ball instead of a human." - my programmer brother Nate

John is the most common CEO name (5.3% of CEOs) followed by David (4.5% of CEOs). All women are just 4.1% of CEOs. So there's more CEOs named David than all women CEOs combined. I guess it's time to get outraged. 

More hilarious British words that must be used at once
Bog - bathroom, as in I have to go to the bog, so funny
Minging - ugly, gross, as in what a minging filth bucket.
Gobshite - bigmouth
Pants - lame, as in that move was simply pants
Bobbins - an even more fun version of pants - that movie was just total bobbins
Plonker - a lovable moron, like uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite
Numpty - like a dingus, or someone who's adorably foolish, like your crazy Uncle Wally

The new server can be accessed via Windows Remote Desktop with the following credentials:
Computer Name: B6
User name: ad\yourusernamehere

Restorative Justice involves perspective taking, empathic concern, control ideology, personal distress, and self-efficacy.

Elitists think I'm a more credible researcher because I'm a white man; egalitarians not so much

Men are 83.4 percent of Fortune 500 board members.

Men are 85.8 percent of S &P 500 executives.

"For women of color, this gap is even wider. Fewer than 3% of board directors at Fortune 500 companies are Asian, black, and Hispanic women, according to the Catalyst report. These minority groups of women make up 17% of workers in S&P 500 companies but fewer than 4% of executive officials and managers."

Kulik, C. T. & Metz, I. (2015). Women at the top: Will more women in senior roles impact organizational outcomes? In S. Jackson & M. Hitt (Eds.), Oxford Research Reviews. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (available online at http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935406.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199935406-e-7 ) [included in the Women's Leadership Center at Kennesaw State University’s “best of 2015” list, available at http://coles.kennesaw.edu/coles-overview/centers-and-institutes/womens-leadership-center/research.php ]

Being treated consistently unfairly can be better for employees than being treated fairly sometimes and unfairly other times

28 Years of Stock Market Data Shows a Link Between Employee Satisfaction and Long-Term Value. Companies listed in the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” generated 2.3% to 3.8% higher stock returns per year than their peers from 1984 through 2011.

If you are a low-level female employee, you will tend to be paid more equally to your male coworkers if your boss is female.

Leaders who express positive affect tend to create psychologically safe environments, which leads to more voice expressed by followers

Employees who do more helping also do more deviance

Culture of love seems to make firefighters safer

In cultures that believe diversity is beneficial, diversity tends to be beneficial

Organizational stories about low-level organizational characters engaging in values-upholding behaviors are more positively associated with self-transcendent, helping behaviors and negatively associated with deviant behaviors, than are similar stories about high-level members of the organization.

Resesearchers are measuring leader charisma with behavior items
"We measured charismatic leadership with the combination of two subscales – idealized influence and inspirational motivation – from the Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ Form 5X; Bass & Avolio, 1995). Idealized influence was measured with four items that emphasized the leader’s behavior (rather than followers’ attributions) such as fostering collective identities or serving as role models (e.g. “…emphasizes the importance of having a collective sense of mission”). Inspirational motivation was measured with four items that described leader’s behaviors such as challenging followers with high standards or communicating optimism about future goal attainment (e.g. “…articulates a compelling vision of the future”). Unit leaders’ charismatic leader behaviors were rated by the superior to whom the unit leaders reported using a five-point Likert scale ranging from 1 for “never” to 5 for “always”. "

Our results suggest that work relationships play a key role in promoting employee flourishing, and that examining the differential effects of a taxonomy of relationship functions brings precision to our understand of how relationships impact individual flourishing. Results revealed unique associations between functions and outcomes, such that task assistance was most strongly associated with job satisfaction, giving to others was most strongly associated with meaningful work, friendship was most strongly associated with positive emotions at work, and personal growth was most strongly associated with life satisfaction.

This woman seems to poison most of her husbands (all but the first one), and she just got released from prison

Gender wage gap is lower in unionized companies

Countries that eat more chocolate produce more Nobel prize winners

Dipboye, R. L., Arvey, R. D., & Terpstra, D. E. (1977). Sex and physical attractiveness of raters and applicants as determinants of resumé evaluations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 62(3), 288.

nonwhite job applicants who include experiences related to their ethnicity on their resumes are more likely to be passed over for jobs.

Roughly 85% of corporate executives and board members are white men. This number hasn’t budged for decades, which suggests that white men are continuing to select and promote other white men.

People tend to forget about cost when it comes to buying things for love. "people nearly always chose the more expensive ring when deciding between a more expensive ring with a bigger carat and a less expensive ring with a smaller carat"

Funny British/Kiwi sayings
Tiki tour - driving around with no destination
Couple hundge - shortened version of hundred
Telly - TV
Go bathroom
Bap - hotdog buns
Have a tinny -can of beer
That is a result! - Good job
Super Cali are fantastic Celtic are atrocious - funny soccer headline
Clever clogs - smart aleck
The snow is steep and deep
Roger the dog
Son of a chimp
Stag do - bachelor party
POHM - prisoners of her majesty
Tall poppy syndrome -- the taller you are the more people want to destroy you
"He's going to have to fetch that"
"Kicked it right down his corridor"
"Haven't done that for donkeys years"

Men were drawn to jobs looking for candidates who were competitive, assertive, individualistic and ambitious; women, to jobs seeking applicants who were committed, supportive, compassionate and understanding.

Janice Fanning Madden of the Wharton School discovered, in a study published in Gender and Society (2012), that the female stockbrokers in two of the largest U.S. brokerage firms made less money than their male counterparts because they were given worse-performing accounts to start with.

Tools such as EDGE—software for workforce analytics developed by a Swiss foundation—allow companies to detect potential gender gaps in outcome variables such as pay, recruitment and promotion and in input variables such as training, mentoring and company policies and practices. (I serve on the scientific advisory board of EDGE.) Tracking progress over time, companies that have used EDGE, such as L’Oréal USA, Deloitte Switzerland and Banco Compartamos Mexico, have been able to focus resources on fixing what is broken rather than blindly throwing money at the problem.

Curtains increased by 50% the likelihood that women advanced to future rounds of tryouts. Today, almost 40% of musicians at major American orchestras are female, a contrast to the 1970s, when curtains were seldom used and women made up only about 5% to 10% of musicians.

"If prejudice were likened to a sickness, many laboratory interventions would be walk-in clinics, built to handle low-grade prejudices. Many studies get around the problem of college students' politically correct response patterns by studying socially acceptable prejudices against skinheads, political parties, or the elderly (e.g., Karpinski & Hilton 2001). Moreover, prejudices created with the minimal group paradigm for maximum experimental control lack the historical, political, and economic forces that animate and sustain real-world prejudice, and “…a fundamental challenge remains to discover ways of changing ‘hard-core’ prejudiced beliefs”
http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev.psych.60.110707.163607(Monteith et al. 1994)."

grading guidelines article CU Indepedent

“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.” Max Planck

"You can add that to your potpourri of sad facts." -Prof Stefanie Johnson to me about the introduction to a race/gender paper, and it made me laugh because potpourri is supposed to make people feel good just like collections of sad facts make me kind of happy for some reason

“Given the ethnic and racial hierarchies of American life, there are those who dish it out and those who have to take it. Some get to dish it out without ever having to take it, some take it from those above and dish it out to those below, and some find themselves in the position of always having to take it.”
-Elizabeth Stone in Black sheep and kissing cousins: How our family stories shape us.

For example, a recent survey tells us that just 7% of the US population believes that business should only make money for its shareholders (Cone Communications, 2013).

Racial resentment (Kinder and Sears, 1981 and Kinder and Sanders, 1996) like modern or symbolic racism  (McConahay, 1983, McConahay and Hough, 1976, Sears, 1988 and Sears and Henry, 2005), assumes a mix of negative affect and adherence to traditional values like individualism or belief in the value of hard work that contributes to opposition of many whites to civil rights policies. Related conceptualizations of a new form of racism include, among others: laissez-faire racism (Bobo et al., 1997), everyday racism (Essed, 1991), and color-blind racism (Bonilla-Silva, 2003).

Editors' comments, what I know now that I wish I knew then teaching theory and theory building, AMJ

In class exercise - have students be kind for 48 hours and write about their emotions - a type of emotional labor.

Steve Blader says that if you have empathy for people you will treat them better than people you don't have empathy for.

“Law is to justice, as medicine is to health, as business is to _____.”
One colleague in a recent Academy of Management symposium memorably said “our fucked-up global economy.” This exercise points out three challenges when we think about the nature of business. One is that we grapple with its purpose. The second is that we have a hard time disentangling our thinking about a single business enterprise from business more broadly, an agglomeration of those enterprises in their institutional and historical context. And finally, we know that business may not be an unalloyed good. All of these tensions are on display when we appraise our thinking about the place of business in society

"Defeats are poison to some men. Great men have become mediocre because of inability to accept and abide by a defeat. Many men have become great because they were able to rise above a defeat. If you should achieve any kind of success and develop superior qualities as a man, chances are it will be because of the manner in which you meet the defeats that will come to you just as they come to all of men.” -Bob Reynolds

"When we're trying to influence others and we discover that they don't respect us, it fuels a vicious cycle of resentment. In an effort to assert our own authority, we respond by resorting to increasingly disrespectful behaviors." -Adam Grant

"When we have power but no status, we may still exercise authority or control over others. But when we have no power, it is status that helps us be heard. "

"To succeed in academia, you have to be like a cockroach - unkillable." - Prof. Nate Fast

Schein Humble Leadership talk at Google "Personalization exposes the relational processes that are going on between two people (i.e. I feel like we are competing with each other)"

Mothers earn less than childless women. Fathers, on the other hand, are likely to earn more than childless men, according to ILO – an influential 2010 report from the University of Massachusetts that it cites found fathers in the US earn 11% more than non-fathers.

Gender pay gap will remain for 70 years

"life is too short to remove USB safely" -some tshirt

"The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense that Energy is the fundamental concept in physics... The laws of social dynamics are laws which can only be stated in terms of power" (Russell, 1938, p. 10) 

"You have to measure impedience - a big gush of blood means the person is feeling threatened; a little gush of blood means they are feeling challenged." - Mindy Truong

"When a complex system re-organizes, that is when it is most likely to collapse." - Phoenix Van Wagoner

Whole foods and Google only hire humble people

"Consistent with research on gender differences that have found that males in general are more aggressive than females (Eagly, 1987; Eagly & Steffen, 1986), male and female groups also respond differently to anonymity and deindividuation, with only all-male groups engaging in aggressive antisocial behaviors when deindividuated (Cannavale, Scarr, & Pepitone, 1970). "

"Moor, Heuvelman, and Verleur (2010) examined the incidence of hostile verbal attacks, or “flaming,” on YouTube video comments and found that viewing a greater number of offensive comments posted by others predicted a greater likelihood of contributing similar comments oneself. Being exposed to a greater number of hostile comments led people to perceive a “flaming” norm, thus indicating that this form of expression was context appropriate."

Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera is the only Latino NFL coach and allows his players to fully express themselves "Keep your personality" he has told his team, which is in stark contrast to all the other coaches, which is why it is often called the No Fun League.

"I have had to deal and struggle a lot with these issues about ambition and humlity, about service and self-gratification. This is hard for me." -Hillary Clinton

"I am the prodigal son, every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found." - Henri Nouwen

To overcome fear of failure, fear failing to try instead.

“In the long run, people of every age and in every walk of life seem to regret NOT having done things much more than they regret things they did,” psychologists Tom Gilovich and Vicky Medvec summarize, “which is why the most popular regrets include not going to college, not grasping profitable business opportunities, and not spending enough time with family and friends.”

While many people think of confusion as a negative thing, it's really an emotional amplifier - it makes pleasant experiences better (uncertainty about how many birthday presents you'll get makes the birthday better), and unpleasant ones worse (uncertainty about how many punishments you'll get makes the punishments hurt worse).

People with a low need for closure tend to get more creative when faced with ambiguity.

After earthquakes, marriage and divorce rates spike because after these crazy events, people have a high need for certainty

My dad loves this one "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great an unsearchable things you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3

Shame on you Denmark. Denmark police now take the jewelry and cash away from refugees.

"I don't always know when my kids' projects are due, but when I do you can bet your ass it's tomorrow." -most interesting man meme

league of legends tilt means you play a game, do poorly, get angry, which makes you play worse, which makes you more angry (gambling term for a losing streak). But just a 30 minute break gets rid of the tilt.

"Once a cucumber becomes a pickle it stays a pickle." - my brother Dan

Kelley et al. (1983) proposed that social closeness depends critically on a high degree of interdependence between two actors. That is, closeness is achieved within the repeated interaction of two individuals who have “mutual fate control” (Thibaut & Kelley, 1959) and are thus symmetrically dependent on each other (Lawler & Yoon, 1996). This process is set in motion and sustained by the interplay of two factors: individuals’ motivation for affiliation with their partner and their expectations of their partner’s behavior. Symmetrically dependent individuals are motivated to minimize the distance between them (i.e., they need affiliation with the other), and they have expectations of closeness in their interaction (i.e., they expect the other to affiliate with them). 

"Rock bottom became the solid foundation upon which I built my life." JK Rowling at Harvard Commencement

"Relax in to the failure. Try to feel the pain more deeply." -Chuck from Inform fitness


Women professors don't get tenure because they don't get credit for work done with co-authors; unless ALL the co-authors are women.

Bradley Effect means that whites say they will vote for a black candidate when they actually won't

Spencer, S. J., Zanna, M. P., & Fong, G. T. (2005). Establishing a causal chain: Why experiments are often more effective than mediational analyses in examining psychological processes. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 89, 845–851. doi:10.1037/0022-3514.89.6.845

If you are disagreeable, people will tend to listen to you more

PROPER and & and TRIM functions are useful excel functions

"Steve Jobs was commonly seen as having a high level of narcissism (Isaacson, 2011). However, Jobs’ second try as the head of Apple was marked with a tempered management style (Surowiecki, 2011). For example, he was described as more open to others’ ideas (Beetz, 2005) and more willing to acknowledge past mistakes, even referring to his earlier firing from Apple as “awful tasting medicine . . . [that] the patient needed” (Jobs, 2005). He expressed appreciation for the talented executives around him and was able to retain them (Isaacson, 2011). Although Jobs was still seen as narcissistic, his narcissism appeared to be counterbalanced or tempered with a measure of humility, and it was this tempered narcissist who led Apple to be the most valuable company in the world during his second attempt as company president"

“When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” — Rudyard Kipling

“The heights of human motivation spring from the beauty and goodness that precede us and awaken us to better possibilities.” -Thrash and Elliot

"Contrary to the view of inspiration as purely mythical or divine, I think inspiration is best thought of as a surprising interaction between your current knowledge and the information you receive from the world."

Mergelane - Female founder Accelerator started by Sue Heilbronner and Elizabeth Kraus.
Sue's Jan 27th Conscious Leadership event: http://conscious.is/event/taste-of-conscious-leadership-boulder-denver

VC Diversity- A SF Valley Report from Social Capital:

First Round Capital 10 Year Report on Investment (and gender diversity insights)

Sams Club CEO is accused of being racist (against white men):

Does corporate America have an addiction to white men? The first step in overcoming an addiction is admitting you have a problem, but nobody wants to admit it.

A Leeds student took three leadership-centric classes in the same semester and describes the overlaps

Aldrich (1990) highlights that firms are either "r" types or "k" types, where "r" firms are skilled at adapting to new environments and "k" types are focused on being efficient.

Of the 13 phd students in my UWashington cohort, only 4 of us are in tenured research positions -  xiaoxia lou, richard d mergenthaler, param singh and myself

Millenials like slow and steady investments, they value craft, authenticity, strong values. Ironically, they are far more prudent and sensible than their predecessors.

Jet's CEO says it will win because it it totally focused on employee happiness, unlike its competitors

Sex three or more times per week reduces the chances of men having a heart attack or stroke by half

There is something profoundly wrong when just 20 Americans own as much wealth as half of all Americans.  And this is just the wealth we know about. Most wealthy people hide their wealth in offshore accounts.

About half the expected financial gain of attending college derived not from better job prospects but from the chance to meet and marry a higher-earning spouse.

The Greek philosopher Parmenides proved that life is an illusion because if something exists, it can't not exist at the same time, therefore nonexistence is impossible. Because existence cannot come from nothing, the material world has always existed, permanently. Logic dicates that permanent things cannot change by definition, therefore change is impossible and thus the ebb and flow of nature that we appear to experience is just an illusion under which is hidden a constant indivisible oneness.

Teen pregnancy is down 40% in Colorado, and the reason is unbelievably simple: free birth control

Q. who is Darth Vader's wife? A. Ella. Ella Vader (Elevator)

To help your child be happy in love do these five things: 1. Guide your child early to groups of peers who are warm and supportive 2. Gradually ease dating rules so your teen can make small mistakes and learn 3. Offer realistic advice, rather than idealized views such as everyone has a "one and only partner" 4. Don't tease your child about a first crush or belittle it as puppy love 5. Don't instill prejudice with blanket criticisms of the opposite sex 6. Don't withdraw emotionally if your teen rebels

"If you have young children, before you fall off to sleep tonight, I want you to hold your child. Touch your child's face. Smell your child's hair. Count the fingers on your child's hand. See the miracle that is your child. And then, with as much vision as you can muster, I want you to imagine that your child is black. -George Yancy

"I am asking you to enter into battle with your white self. I'm asking that you open yourself up; to speak to, to admit to, th racist poison that is inside of you." -George Yancy

"Every day of my life I fight to see women as subjects, not objects." -George Yancy

"I don't mean the Hollywood type of love, but the scary kind, the kind that risks not being reciprocated, the kind that refuses to flee in the face of danger. True vulnerability, speaking the truth refusing to err on the side of caution." -George Yancy

While most organizations would say they want creativity and innovation, what they often don't understand is that this typically involves  passionate conflict, edgy relationships (think Lennon and McCartney), and indeed, regular failure.

"They brought themselves to their jobs and roles. And that is the kind of behavior that comes naturally in authentic organizations." 

"But cultures in the companies we followed were forged out of organic solidarity - which Durkheim argued, rests on the productive exploitation of differences." 

Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle!
Mrs. Parker: No, you'll shoot your eye out.

One of the best predictors of college attendance is family income

Great perfume

If you lose your job, you are more likely to vote for a far right political candidate

Four tendencies with regards to inner and outer expecations: Upholder, obliger, questioner, rebel

"There isn't time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that." -Mark Twain

"Young adults believe that fame and wealth and high achievement were what they needed to go after to have a good life. But over and over, over these 75 years, our study has shown that the people who fared the best were the people who leaned in to relationships, with family, with friends, with community." 

Good relationships don't just protect our brains, it turns out that being in a securely attached relationship to another person in your 80s is protective to people's memories - they stay sharper longer

Your mind is best conveyed through your voice, not your writing: Evaluators who heard MBA students' job pitches were more impressed than those who merely read transcriptions of the same pitches

To stop bad behavior, display a virtuous quote specifically, "Success without honor is worse than fraud"

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates

Watch trailer park boys?

Swearing is a vehicle for expressing strong emotion - anger, frustration, derogation, surprise, and elation - among people who care less about who they might offend. Cursing is an intense, succinct and powerful way of expressing yourself, even if some people find it unpleasant

People high in neuroticism and openness to experience curse a lot; religiosity doesn't matter

Turns out pople who swear a lot are actually smarter than people who don't

"'Engagement' is the new 'workaholism'" -MGMT Prof Keith Leavitt

Pattern matching is the new Jim Crow in Silicon Valley

In premier league soccer the correlation between team average speed and average shot distance was .35, but in the 2015 season this correlation dropped to .06

"Mozart wrote his first symphony at age 8. I'm 20 years of age and just rehearsed 5 times what I'm going to say at the drive through." 

"'What would you spend your millions on if you won the lottery?' Oh you know I'd probably pay off all my student loans and with the rest of my $10, I don't know I'd probably get chipotle or something." -@jordan christine

"College is easy. It's like riding a bike. Except the bikes on fire. And the ground's on fire. And everything's on fire. And your in hell." @coffeeowl

Most Dean's Leadership Forum Students are the "Inspirational Pattern" meaning they are high in dominance and influence and low in stability and conscientiousness. They would benefit by genuine sensitivity, and a  willingness to help others succeed in their own personal development

I'm an "Objective Thinker" on my DISC profile (low in dominance, influence and stability, and high in conscientiousness). That means I reject interpersonal aggression, judge others by their ability to think logically, fear irrational acts and ridicule, and would benefit by increasing self-disclosure and publically discussing my insights and opinions.

Procrastinating is a vice for productivity and a virtue for creativity; and hanging out with your enemies is a really good idea

This book outlines the ways that organizations can overcome the barriers to gender inequality

This book argues that leaders should put customers second, close open offices, and ditch performance appraisals

After an employee made a $10 million mistake at IBM in the 1960s, he walked into Tom Watson, the CEOs office expecting to get fired. "Fire you?" Mr. Watson asked. "I just spent $10 million educating you."

Most cultures are pretty much the same. The dimensions that matter are justice (is this a fair place), security (is it safe to work here) and control (can I shape my destiny and have influence in this organization).

If people don't know about the culture, ask them to tell you about what meetings are like. When people find them productive and enjoyable, that's a good sign.

"New Jersey is really beautiful though!" -white woman in New York at Empellon al Pastor
#I guess they call it the garden state
#there's gotta be a reason
#but that's not the first thing people think of

"I've only had half my coffee and I'm already feeling a little bit methy." -white woman in Boulder at the Trident, who never tried meth
#how much experience with meth do you have 
#not a full blown meth situation 
#just a wee bit

"That's one thing about the apocalypse that's gonna be rough: hair cuts." -white woman in Boulder at the Kitchen next door, and has never lived through the apocalypse
#what makes you think the hairdressers won't be survivors
#they have a lot of important skills
#like scissor wielding
#and access to chemicals
#I think the post-apocalyptic world might be run by hair dressers
#and then you'll always be able to look awesome for a price 
#but that's kind of how it is now
#except now the price is money 
#and I'm talking like survivalist prices
#like info on other hair dresser hold outs 
#and canned goods 
#and walkie talkies
#what'll you have today? 
#oh just a trim 
#that'll be four walkie talkies 
#THAT much?!
#that's outrageous

"Why is there no taco emoji?" - white woman in Boulder on communication #we just want to communicate in pictures like the ancient eygptians #whyyyyy

"The free child care is my main motivation for coming here." -white woman in Boulder at the Colorado Athletic Club locker room

"A lot of planets must be in retrograde right now." -white woman, in Boulder, at Alfalfa’s Market in the Wellness section

"Donald Trump's ugly son and Mitt Romney's ugly son should hang out. I'd love to see that Facebook album."

"When you talk you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new." -Dalai Lama

"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration." -frank herbert in Dune 

"We make meaning for each other. We believe each other into being." -Jennifer Hecht

did you know that baby rabbits are called kittens?!?!?!  And baby owls are called owlets which maybe is the cutest word of all time

Did you know a strawberry is not a berry but a banana is?

Also fire doesn't have a shadow

When you have conflict in a relationship, the key is not to agree but to feel understood.

53% of South Carolina Republicans think whites face just as much discrimination as blacks

A senior citizen called her husband on his drive home "Herman I hear there's a car going the wrong way on I-90. Please be careful!" Herman said, "There's not just one car. There's hundreds of them!" #that joke is older than Herman

The difference good dads make. The contributions of fathers make to their children's lives can be seen in three areas: lower teenage delinquency, lower teenage pregnancy, and less depression.

"I have to ease off on making love when writing hard as the two things are run by the same motor." -Hemingway

Fewer women are heading to the altar because many of the marriages available do not offer them a good deal. America's marriage market is like any other: people buy if the price is right. The proportion of those married before the age of 30 has fallen from 50% in 1960 to around 20% today

Geography plays a large role in determining which poor children achieve the so-called American dream. Boulder County is pretty good for income mobility for children in poor families. It is better than about 77 percent of counties.

The hyperloop which is the fifth mode of transportation (like those bank pneumatic tube thingys) is actually becoming a reality thanks to Elon Musk

70% of workers now report for duty in open offices even though people find them noisy and distracting and reduce morale. Facebook's new office has no walls.

Being lonely can warp your health, your genes and your immune system. Lonliness is deep. It's encoded in our genetics, and it's not easy to shake.

Lonely people are protected from wounds (inflamation response,because they are lonely and will probably get attacked by hostile people or animals), but non-lonely people are protected from viral diseases (interferons -- because they are around people who have viruses)

Lonely people have a lot more norepinephrine coursing through their blood.

One person experienced such a bad traumatic experience, she made herself actually go blind. The situation was so intense she wished to become blind and thus not to need to see.

ISIS might result from extreme inequality in the Middle East because the top 10% has 60% of the wealth, and the top 1% share might have 25% (versus 20% in the U.S. 11% in Europe and 17% in South Africa).

"If there's anything I've learned from doing Humans of New York these past five years, its that stories are always more interesting than opinions." -Brandon Stanton

Interdependence means acceptance, appreciation, closeness, community, consideration, contribution to the enrichment of life, emotional safety, empathy, honesty (the empowering honesty that allows us to learn from our limitations), love, reassurance, respect, support, trust, understanding, warmth

Take action out of the desire to contribute to life, rather than out of fear guilt shame or obligation

When we judge others, we contribute to violence

Empathy involves emptying the mind and listening with our whole being

"Observing without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence." -J Krishnamurti

"The occasion is piled high with difficulty. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves and then we shall save our country." A. Lincoln 1862

"I go home and wash the dishes. Washing dishes is the antidote to confusion. I know that for a fact." -Maira Kalman in The Principles of Uncertainty

"I think of her bed construction that says 'art is the guarantee of sanity'. I really hope that is true. I think nature is the guarantee of sanity. Or maybe love. Or both. Or not. Anyways." -Maira Kalman in The Principles of Uncertainty

"On the wall was a dress that I embroidered. It said "Ich Hage Genug" which is a Bach Cantata which I once thought meant "I've had it, I can't take anymore, give me a break." But I was wrong. It means "I have enough." And that is utterly true. I happen to be alive. End of discussion. But I will go out and buy a hat." -Maira Kalman in The Principles of Uncertainty

"Everyone is going forward and everyone is behind everyone." -Maira Kalman in The Principles of Uncertainty

"The real Einstein (Albert, who played the violin badly; but so what, there is nothing greater than music NOTHING) loved Johannes Kepler. In 1605 the genius Kepler determined (without a telescope) the eliptical orbit of Mars - while wearing a ruffled collar the size of a snow tire. He also wrote about celestial harmony BUT domestic harmony eluded him. He confided in his friend Robertus De Fluctious and wrote in his diary "My wife is fat confused and simple-minded". It makes me sad that he thought that. Afterall she had to wash and iron that crazy collar. But then she died. Poor Kepler. Poor Kepler's wife. Poor everybody. I will go for a walk and calm down." -Maira Kalman in The Principles of Uncertainty

Bad sleep leads to neurotoxin buildup in the brain

Only 36% of full-time students graduate in 4 years

"My daughter's only 6 months old and already drawing. I'd hang it on the fridge but honestly, it's absolute garbage." -@vancityreynolds

"Paint one mural of Zayn on the hood of your car using gold leaf and real hair and suddenly you're "obsessed."" -@vancityreynolds

"The great thing about kite surfing is that depending on the wind you can continue kite surfing up to an hour after dying." -@vancityreynolds

"Do NOT make me regret this one direction tattoo on my lower back fellas." -@vancityreynolds

Social conservatives want answers more than other people and tend to agree with statements such as "It's annoying to listen to someone who can't make up their mind" and "I dislike it when a person's statement could mean many different things" and "In most social conflicts, I can easily see which side is right and wrong."

"Just as owning a car doesn't make us experts on engines, having a brain doesn't make us experts on psychology" -Adam Grant

"Carpenters fashion wood; fletchers fashion arrows; the wise fashion themselves." -Buddha

"It is reason alone which makes life happy and pleasant, by expelling all false conceptions or opinions, as may in any way occasion perturb the mind." - Epicurus

The Hindi term "Ahimsa" means "nonharm to sentient beings" which is the core of most codes of ethics. If your actions cause harm to others they are unethical.

"Govern a great state as you would cook a small fish." -Lao Tzu basically saying to be gentle and stop with the tough and decisive false bravado

"The best employer of men keeps himself below them" -Lao Tzu

"Man is by nature a political animal." -Socrates

"All work, even cotton spinning is noble; work alone is noble... A life of ease is not for any man nor for any god." -Thomas Carlyle

"The best cure for being sad is to learn something...Learn why the world wags and what wags it." -T.H. White

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you." - Khalil Gibran

British bosses are the worst type of bosses in the developed world.

Pythagoras actually lived in a sect of math-minded people, and they worshipped whole numbers. 1 symbolized reason, 2 was the undefined spirit; 3 represented males; 4 represented females; and 5 was the best because it was 2+3 (spirit plus males, what could be better than that??).

94% of couples stuck to a fitness program when they did it together

"War is continuation of a policy by another means, just as divorce is continuation of a marriage by another means." - paraphrase of Carl von Clausewitz in some pop philosophy book I can't remember the title of

Fifth third bank to pay $18 million settlement for charging black customers more interest for auto loans

"Have you learned lessons only of
those who admired you, and were tender 
with you, and stood aside for you?
Have you not learned great lessons
from those who braced themselves
against you, and disputed the passage
with you?"
-Walt Whitman

It's really pretty easy to get business students to unionize.  All you have to do is mess with their grades a tiny bit.

Periods are acts of psychological warfare against your friends...use them and they think you are an insincere heartless liar...use exclamation marks and they think you are awesome!

JK Rowling said Trump is worse than Voldemort. Seriously.

Leeds grading guidelines produce criticism - Above the fold in the front page of the Boulder paper

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win" -Gandhi

If a high performer is an asshole, the costs outweigh the benefits. Instead of hiring one toxic star, you're better off with two average employees.

Last year not a single Boeing 747 or Airbus A380 was sold.  Used airliners are basically worthless and are getting dumped all over the world.

There's thousands of dead airliners in Victorville CA

Over the last decade we've gained 9 million new renter households in America thanks to demographic shifts and a falling homeowner rate. That's the largest increase of any 10 year stretch on record.

This moving company helps women leave abusive homes at no cost

"In class:
2+2 = ?
7^2 X 5-8 = ?
(522(2x^2y^5))/(98^1/2 + 13)"
-Shane Rhodes CU Leeds BCOR student

Why women don't apply for jobs unless they're 100% qualified: it's less about doubting themselves and more about doubting whether they'll get serious consideration in the hiring process.

Dudes whose testosterone increases dramatically when watching smut tend to end up as deadbeat dads

There's a whistleblower office now and it gets about 4000 claims a year. It pays part of the settlements to the whistleblowers

The average award to whistelblowers is $2.5 million

Every minute you are having a stroke, you are losing tens of thousands of brain cells

"Dave, Thank you for having faith in students. Thank you for taking the time to raise us up and challenge us. Throughout this class I have learned so much about myself. I know how to be a better person based on the concepts and materials from the class. I am able to put my values and motivations into actions. Thank you for putting in the time, effort and heart into your work. It's important for us as individuals and important for society that people like you exist. Keep being you and happy holidays to your family." -Amberly Grant, in maybe the nicest student note I've ever gotten, also came with a jar of pears which is awesome and I'm pretty sure I want to save them forever

The reason introverts make better leaders -- they listen

The tiny changes that make a huge difference in employee engagement - psychological ownership

US income growth over the last 4 decades or so has sucked

How did Canada surpass the US to have the world's richest middle class? (Minimum wage is $3 higher, Unionization rate is 20% higher, strong bank regulations, etc)

In 1900 only 3% of Americans practiced cognitively demanding professions. Now that figure is 35%

"Think how different America would be if every American knew that this is the fifth time Western armies have gone to Afghanistan to put its house in order, and if they had some idea of exactly what had happened on those four previous occasions. (Laughter) And that is, they had barely left, and there wasn't a trace in the sand.Or imagine how different things would be if most Americans knew that we had been lied into four of our last six wars. You know, the Spanish didn't sink the battleship Maine, the Lusitania was not an innocent vessel but was loaded with munitions, the North Vietnamese did not attack the Seventh Fleet, and, of course, Saddam Hussein hated al Qaeda and had nothing to do with it, and yet the administration convinced 45 percent of the people that they were brothers in arms, when he would hang one from the nearest lamppost." -James Flynn

"New test: replace the word "Muslims" with "Jews" and then ask yourself "Do I sound like a f**king Nazi"?" - @JesseLaGreca

"When we see ourselves in others, hate and violence no longer make sense. Understanding and love take over." -Doyin Richards

"You need power only when you want to do something harmful, otherwise love is enough to get everything done." -Charlie Chaplin

Women are tenured at lower rates than men, even controlling for family commitments and productivity. The reason is that men get more credit for multiple-authored papers than women.

What has 6 letters, starts with a "p" and ends a sentence? - parole of course

Great management community service project videos

Boulder cleanup - gorgeous

These guys are true American heros (they fixed all the squeaky chairs on the third floor of KOBL)

Mariokart fundraiser - raised $600

Edgy motivational quotes

Hilarious stress reduction video

Buffs feed Colorado outside King Soopers

Safe Sex Awareness

Buff Buddies

Leeds Scholarship

African Wildlife Foundation

Stress doors

Basketball - leader emerged because he was tallest and whitest

Children's hospital - beautiful

Candy and a compliment

Pies in the face for peace - raised $6000

Stockings for homeless

Clothing for the homeless - funny one

Ronald McDonald House - great music

Humane society - really cute

Leeds scholarship

Candy canes and compliments - Mike wants to be David Hekman when he grows up
Chloe's sex consent video


Challah for the Hungry


Moustache Dash

Community food share - now with twins


Coffee and kindness - good editing, good idea and well executed and beautiful



Basketball - hits you right in the feels



Funny help the homeless with handwarmers group



Cookies for the homeless video



Money priming leads to goal-achievement and less helping

"People don't do what you tell them to do. They do what you do.  Model the behaviors you want people to do, like admitting mistakes. What are you going to do to change something at Leeds in the next 4 months?  I make bad decisions 47% of the time. The norm in most companies is to never admit you made a bad decision and then it becomes a disaster.  I started a program at a company called "stop doing stupid things."but after talking it through with HR we changed it to "stop Howard from doing stupid things" This program was a big success and saved us $22 million  in the first 12 months. Employees would email me cost saving ideas directly and I paid out $2 million in bonuses.I don't love technology. I love technology purchase orders. Five A players will always out work 10 B players and 20 C players...I can fit anything in my life that I want to fit in." -Howard Diamond Boulder entrepreneur

"I sued Dean Ikenberry’s dad at the University of Illinois so many times he finally made me a deal that he would fund my student legal group if we promised to stop suing him.  I took the deal and then just started a second group and kept on suing him." -Howard Diamond, Boulder entrepreneur

"I grew up in Montana raised on food stamps, cleaning houses with my mom at night. I'm dyslexic and didn't learn to read until third grade. I got a full ride to electrical engineering school, but switched to social work.  Cussing is my authentic self. I'm direct, results focused, laugh at my own jokes, am hardworking and view having a low IQ as a challenge not a weakness.  I love shoes. I'm a big shoe fan. I spent the first half of my life feeling shame about my childhood poverty, but the second half of my life I talk about it and realize people are compassionate. Every experience trains you for the next experience in your life. My skill is truly listening for shared interests and drafting a plan that reflects shared interests. I thrive when I am learning and don't know what I am doing. My first job was building the City of Denver's pay for performance system.. Everyone at the Denver Chamber of Commerce knows our mission statement "Put Coloradoans to work because nothing makes a bigger difference than everyone having a good job." -Kelly Brough, President of the Denver Chamber of Commerce

"I'm the 21st leader of University of Colorado Business School. We have 180 employees and a $40 million dollar budget. Quality chases quality. For every 100 students we get $950,000 and campus gets $1.2 million. Colorado government pays $50 million to CU which is going away soon. To cover that gap, the campus wants to grow 20%. English faculty are scattered around 18 buildings. If we increase transfers and increase the standards for entering freshmen, then we increase quality and quantity at the same time.  The business school endowment is only $70 million." Dean Ikenberry, Dean of Leeds school of business

"I was a leader at Hostess, Pepsi, and CEO of Rudy's bread here in Boulder. Check out my website janeknows.com. I majored in Russian, and then got my MBA. I was the first woman president at Frito-Lay, and while there invented the chili-cheese fritos.  I got Twinkies out of bankruptcy. I also taught a class and that was really challenging. Now I'm running a small company in Santa Barbara called Proyo - yogurt that tastes like ice cream. Most leaders (66%) say that soft skills are equally important to hard skills. The most important soft skills are integrity (will you do what you said you would? most people don't), positive attitude (always say yes and - build on ideas) and professionalism (how do you handle situations that happen to you).  I look for three things on resumes - work ethic (always has a job), initiative (what about your starbucks experience shows initiative?), and teamwork (sports, be on a winning team).  List your accomplishments, but know your weaknesses. One of my weaknesses is I talk about my dogs too much. When interviewing with the chairman of the board at Rudy's I told him I have two dogs and love them (Max and Scout) but that I wasn't 'a crazy dog person like I didn't wear matching outfits with my dogs or anything' and then he replied that his wife is a seamstress and makes matching outfits for herself and her dogs.  The one time I met his wife she wore a dress that matched the dog's outfit.  The chairman hates me to this day, but I did get the job because I was by far the most qualified applicant.  I was a great leader and had great success at Frito-Lay so I got promoted to Pepsi, the parent company and Pepsi is in NYC and has a really formal culture in contrast to Frito-Lay which is in Dallas and more laid back.  At Pepsi no one was listening to me and it was like I was invisible. After a few months my boss took me into his office and said 'Jane you have great potential but your style is getting in the way. So we are sending you to three days to see Marty Seligman Phd in Florida to talk about your issues.' I was afraid they were going to try to brainwash me and I didn't want to become a Stepford wife. But I learned that I speak French and everyone else at Pepsi speaks German.  I needed to learn German in order for anyone to listen to me.  Don't rage quit your job unless you have another job. You need a personal advisory board. By moving back to a startup, I've learned that I haven't actually done much real work for 20 years. I've delegated work to others. But now that I'm actually doing it, it's hard." -Jane Miller, Former executive of Hostess, Pepsi and Rudy's Bakery

"I got a degree in Latin American history from USC and learned there were no jobs as Latin American History professor, so I got a job at Cheesboroug-Ponds. I got fired from my second job at J&J and at the time I had a wife and two sick kids. Because I had a good reputation, I got a replacement job in less than a week. This failure taught me to always network, reputation is everything, I learned a lot of humility, when you stop learning you either get in a rut or you leave. At one point when the economy was bad we changed our strategy and started competing on cost. But we lost $250 million that year so I ended that practice. We changed to an expansion strategy of conquering the Europe market and also got into specialty markets. My replacement at CEO changed the culture from an open door policy to a closed door policy so I had to replace my replacement. Sometimes it's better to have an empty apartment than a bad tenant. Have resolve, communicate because you cannot over-communicate your strategy, you really only are as strong as the people around you, and remain flexible and open-minded, always think about new entrants to your business (i.e. Amazon will be our competitor some day I'm sure) and study your potential competition. If you have an open door policy, you know everything that is going on in the company. If you have a closed door policy you have 3-4 people telling you what you want to hear. When I was COO they called me the Prince of Darkness. We had a very paternalistic culture where no one got fired. I had to lay 300 people off out of 4000. I've lost 40 pounds of weight since retiring. Need an outlet for all that stress. I used to spin all the time. But I got a fused spine in a white water rafting accident here in CO. I'm on the board of the USC Marshall School of Business.  The Owens and Minor Board Chairman's son told me that he expected to be COO, but I told him that would never happen as long as I was in charge." -Craig R. Smith, Executive Chairman of Owens & Minor, healthcare company

"Learning to be both assertive and passive or feminine are important for female career success (Buzzanell and Lucas, 2006)."

"According to Rushing, the Amazon is a fighter who embodies ‘strength, courage, and independence’ (Rushing, 2006: 165). The Amazon is often depicted not only as a soul-mate to men, but also as someone turning their passion and intellect toward equality and a voice for the disenfranchised. They make their own way with the absence of men (Rushing, 2006). The character Faye in Mad Men was an Amazon as she wielded ‘intellectual power’, was ‘skilled in battle’ and a force ‘to be reckoned with’ (Rushing, 2006: 169). She was also competent, beautiful, feminine and masculine."

"The Brainchild ‘is not a soul-mate who complements a man with her feminine radiance, but one who mirrors his masculinity in a perfectly rational reflection’ (Rushing, 2006: 76). True to the Brainchild who did not need to engage in sex with the mentor, Peggy began to see herself as special because others did so."

"Instead of being molded into the perfect office wife, Don groomed Peggy to be a competent and successful organizational member who reflected his image and sustained his power. As father-figure, Don coached Peggy on how to handle the resulting tenuous circumstance. Through his mentorship, Don enacted the role of a concerned father, providing advice and support during this difficult time, but also vowing to never betray her confidence."

"Hucznyski and Buchanan argue that the narratives found in popular culture representations are theory-laden. In other words, ‘they offer accounts of events that unfold chronologically, linking antecedents, through actions, to consequences, in particular contexts’ (Hucznyski and Buchanan, 2004: 709)."

"What is success? How do we make a difference? The world is in chaos. Low growth in Europe. Germany trying to take over Europe through economics this time. Eventually China will account for 60-70% of world GDP. Putin is a desperate man looking to regain dominance, which is a dangerous type of person. ISIS goal is apocalypse of our way of life. Chaos presents opportunity. If everything was great, there would be no opportunity to make a difference. Small and medium-sized companies can't borrow money. Leaders help their people become smarter. Huge income gaps. The belly of America is getting disenfranchised. I'm a capitalist but a social liberal. 70% of our economy is what people spend. 12 million African Americans not in the workforce. 52 million women out of the workforce. Lehman Brothers had an unusual culture that I call 'team blood'. It meant leave your weapons at the door. We are a team. Tried to wipe out the star and silo mentality. We wanted to present a single platform to our clients. Culture is the glue that keeps people together. There is book about the first time I drove Lehman into bankruptcy and that is called "Greed and glory: fall of Lehman" and it says we collapsed because the trading and banking parts couldn't come together. I was in charge of the trading part and was called the gorilla because I believed in turf for my capital markets people. I didn't handle it well. And that friction is what cost us the firm. I was never wrong before I had children. I learned to be wrong because when I take their idea instead of mine it makes them happy. Real power is the ability to give it to somebody else.  If you really want to be a leader it's ok to put yourself in a vulnerable position. Sometimes you lose. Set expectations high and put yourself on the line and be prepared to lose. If you fail suck it up and handle it. I lost one of the biggest firms in the world. It happened on my watch. I was CEO of one of the biggest. Suck it up Fuld. You can stay in bed or go talk to the animals in the woods or you can go here and talk to these people. After this you might say "Shit Fuld go back to the woods."  I want my children to be happy and have a sense of purpose. Simple." -Dick Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers and CU grad

"People said I had my own elevator because I was a germ freak.  But I'm an idiot freak not a germ freak. Do I have regrets? 27,000 people got hurt, shareholders got crushed. At the end of the day it was my ass. Do I have regrets? Yes. Do I think I helped trigger the global economic meltdown. Yes. I think about it 5-10 times a day. I have regrets about the aftermath yes, not about my actions. I regret not having my platform anymore. I tried everything. I played the game differently in that I played no game. People either have it or they don't. I got in a lot of altercations. I'm beginning to feel the blood a little bit." -Dick Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers and CU grad

"I got a dishonorable discharge from ROTC here at CU for fighting a higher-ranking officer. Only way to deal with a bully is to crush them. But I had to pay the price. But I got lucky because I'm still standing on this side of the turf.....I would flunk the emotional intelligence part of this class. Do I like to let the beast fly every once in a while? Yes, but I'm willing to take the consequences. Whoever is telling you to be emotionally intelligent is right if you have that DNA. I'm not sure I have that DNA. If it's just about me then fine. But if my craziness affects other people then that's not OK.  When you open your mouth make them care. Make them think you are interesting.....The SEC, the Fed, Congress looked in places I didn't know I had places. We had the equity but we failed. Geithner, Bernanke and Paulsen will get skewered when the truth comes out. ...I paid my people mostly in stock, not cash. When people left Lehman, I pulled their stock and gave it to someone else. " -Dick Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers and CU grad

"USC has $4 billion in revenues. For our online programs, we have 11,000 students from 40 countries doing online programs that generate $160 million annually. It's the largest private employer in Los Angeles. I learned from my engineering background to fix things as soon as they break, and nothing improves unless you measure it.  My three leadership examples are Cicero, the Roman Lawyer who said good judgment and experience is the key to good leadership, Plato who said education and constantly learning is the key to good leadership, and Heraclytus who said character is the key to good leadership and that character is destiny.  To be a good leader study Virgil's Ennead. It's about a young man who is full of fear and early setbacks but experiences shape him into an effective and courageous leader. Many professors are so self-centered. As a leader you have to be a servant. So many professors don't care about the common good." -Max Nikias, President of USC

"There are 56 trustees of USC. One is the wealthiest man in India, another is the wealthiest oil magnate in China who has 1.1 million employees. Four sets of trustees tried to buy the LA Dodgers which ended up selling for more than $2 billion.  People always ask me how I manage these people. and I just do three things. 1. treat others the way you want to be treated. 2. I want to entrust these people to only give excellence. Dean Ikenberry helped me study dysfunctional boards like at Penn State. When the board starts running day to day operations, that's bad. 3. I promise to give every trustee a voice as long as they don't badmouth the team decision. The board is about culture, values, and mission. We don't pick the next football coach. The middle of the organizational hierarchy is getting wiped out because of technology.  Coach youth sports teams to become a better leader. Study from 8-5 five days a week and you'll get A's on things.  Our company wants to hire a business major + a philosophy minor. In America we have the best infrastructure, and university system in the world, best ownership rights system, best legal system, most productive workforce, cheapest energy. It's going to be the 1950s again." -John Mork, board chairman of USC.

"I was raised in Iowa, with an evil stepmother, three older brothers and six younger siblings. At an early age I decided to be smarter than everyone else. Before I took the board chairman position at American Apparel I said I wanted other women on the board. One woman is a token, two is a clique, and three is the start of something. We have three women on the board now. When interviewing for a job with Bill Gates, I went to his house and spilled a pot of coffee on the board chairman. I helped clean it up and said, "Now you have a good reason not to hire me" but they hired me because they liked my sense of humor about the event and I did that job for 8 years.  American Apparel is the Dr. Zhivago of the apparel industry. I am dealing with 50 lawsuits from the founder Dov Charney, who is crazy. Some teams never gel. Some do and then you can perform above your pay grade. Lightning in a bottle - everything is working and it's so fun and so special. That's only happened twice in my life. Lightning in a bottle is when there is no prima donna, balance talent and intent, and we called it camelot.  I've survived four proxy fights. Settled 1, partially won 1, and won one.  Find a way so you're good with numbers. I wish I understood how language matters so much. Be authentic, keep track of your relationships and look for the common ground.  People matter the most at the end of your career. Not friendship but a relationship where you have respect for each other." -Coleen Brown, former executive at Gannett and Chairman of the board of American Apparel

"The secret to success is that you have to work hard enough and prepare enough so that if you are lucky enough that an opportunity presents itself, you can take it. Prepare for opportunity. Don't prepare for success or the future.  Also read the question. Most people spend most of their time thinking and talking about non-issues.  Problems are a good thing. I flunked out of physical chemistry and then took a marketing class where I got all A's and never when to class, but the professor gave me an F in the course because he wanted to work with me on his research.  There's no perfect job or partner for most people.  Just hop on the train and then you'll be surprised how it works out for you. Don't just stand at the station. It doesn't get you anywhere.  It's not about being liked or being part of the team; it's knowing your business because the key is making decisions. You can't make decisions without knowing your business.  The goal is to make progress, not reach consensus. To make a difference you have to believe in yourself. You don't get somewhere by being nicey nicey. Leaders aren't afraid to win... At DuPont I had Teflon, but nobdoy knew what to do with it. We asked the bosses to do a marketing study and ask women if they would use nonstick pans and they all said they wouldnt. But then I went back to 50 of the women they surveyed and asked them what they do with pans that have stuck food on them and they said they soak them overnight. I took that info to the bosses and said 'tell me that isn't a problem' and they agreed it was a problem and teflon-coated pans was a huge success. This illustrates the importance of reading the question.  Just go out and talk to people to prepare yourself for opportunity. Particularly if you don't know them or they are doing something strange. 40 years ago most yogurt that was sold was "plain" which tastes terrible.  I followed customers out to their cars after buying plain yogurt and asked them what they did with the plain yogurt and they all said they mixed it with sugar or chocolate or nuts which told me that the people who ate the most yogurt really didn't like it.  Then I got a reduced acid type of yogurt and it was the best selling yogurt in 6 months.  People are pretty good at telling you what they are doing right now, but they are pretty bad at telling you what they did or what they are going to do.  I like to lead from the center. To be continually involved with everybody on everything. I want to always be learning my trade. I like asking people questions. I've learned an amazing amount....I like talking to people because it helps you interpret the numbers of research. It brings understanding to you. To observe, you have to suspend judgment or you won't actually observe what the person is doing. Be open to what someone is telling you. Judgment comes way later after you have a lot of options down the road. Data gathering is non judgmental.  Author strings are increasing at 20% per decade because knowledge is more specialized and problems are more complex....You look at McDonald's and Wendy's and think we don't need another hamburger joint. But then you see Five Guys and Smashburger and you think maybe we do.  Leadership is intelligence, curiousity and communication.  Brene Brown says that people who rise the fastest from failure are those that are very curious.  After failure they ask what happened and why it happened. Never underestimate the value people place on authenticity. Falsity is very difficult to deal with. If you are honest a lot of faults can be forgiven.  In the 60s it dawned on me that women weren't getting a fair shake. So I just kept putting women in positions of power and responsibility." - Paul Repetto, co-founder of Horizon Organic Dairy

Top management teams seem to have a cap on number of female executives. Having a woman on a top management team REDUCES the likelihood that another woman occupies a position on that team.  

My collective regulatory focus article is published. Finally

"Dude nobody bribes a Cropanzano. You can bribe a Jones or a Smith, but not a Cropanzano." -Russell Cropanzano talking about an instructor at a former institution offering him fee-free investments in exchange for better teaching assignments.

"People say 'I don't care about fashion'. They go to the Gap or Old Navy, and they all dress alike, they wear these uniforms. But that's a choice, it's a personal choice because there are many people who don't do that.  In buying those uniforms, you're saying something about yourself, and about how you feel about clothing and culture. Anti-fashion is fashion."

"Talking about problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys." -Rita Schiano

SAS software has three percent turnover, double-digit growth annually, and treats their employees great.

If you want to be a great boss "give a damn" and be "willing to piss people off" (because you care).  This is called radical candor.

Spinoza said that God is in everything -- the clay of the pot, the body of the potter, and the eye of whoever sees the pleasing result.

"The limits of my language means the limits of my world" -Ludwig Witgenstein

Is there an answer to every question?

Does everything happen for a reason?

"Deconstruction insists not that truth is illusory but that it is institutional." - Terry Eagleton

"Try again. Fail again. Fail better." -Samuel Beckett

"When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable." -Rene Descartes

Is thinking something is true enough to make it true?

"An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup." - Bertrand Russell

Epicureanism proposes that the purpose of existence is to seek pleasure, here and now.  True Epicureans achieve pleasure by obtaining knowledge, through friendship, and by living a virtuous life.

"Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better." - Albert Camus

Should we acknowledge meaninglessness or construct a meaning?

"The rationalist imagines an imbecile-free society; the empiricist an imbecile-proof one, or even better, a rationalist-proof one." -Nassim Nicholas Taleb


OK so people used to think bees were mean and deceitful and bees' selfishness was what made them hoard honey.  Some philosopher named Bernard Mandeville imagined that bees suddenly became nice and kind and thus stopped making honey.  This flawed idea/parable is the seed that started the "greed is good" 1980's philosophy. In reality bees are basically socialists.

"Nature is none other than God in things" -Giordano Bruno

"I quote others only in order the better to express myself." -Michel de Montaigne

Giordano Bruno (1548-1600) said that there were multiple solar systems that supported life. And that God formed the basis of living souls.  He was burned at the stake for these ideas obviously.


Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) concluded it was impossible to assign attributes such as goodness or omniscience to God because attributes are always in comparison to other things (an excess or deficiency of something) and if God is flawless then he is thus undefinable.


Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was a black Frenchman who experienced a lot of racism. To escape racism black people try to take on a white existence, but that only strengthens the concept of white supremacy. The only way out, Fanon said was to stop thinking in terms of race.


"The only way to truly love another person is to love them without hope" -Walter Benjamin, and what he means exactly is unclear. He leaves us to figure it out for ourselves.


"Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be." -Jose Ortega Y Gasset, a philosopher who was interested in the processes that lead to creativity.  He concluded that this arose when the reality of any one moment was compared in the mind with possible futures that we are constantly imagining.


"Instinct perfected is a faculty of using organized instruments; intelligence perfected is using unorganized instruments." -Henri Bergson, a philosopher who was really into intuition and the "vital spirit" which is an unconscious link to nature at its most essential level.


"It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love." -Miguel De Unamuno, a Spanish philosopher who said to embrace the Buddhist "life is suffering" idea because it will help us "seek truth from life and life from truth." Unamuno contrasted a happy life - without the dangers of love - with a turbulent one blessed with a chance to find love.


"Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know' and thou shalt progress." -Moses Maimonides


We like leaders who underrate themselves

Military political correctness is way more intense than any other type of political correctness. They even have an extremist tatoo decision support matrix.

80 percent of infections are transmitted by hands, which teem with millions of bacteria and viruses.

Around the world, men are more financially literate than women (e.g. they understand compound interest ).

Winter might be tolerable when wrapped in one of these blankets

Economists tested seven welfare programs to see if they made people lazy. They didn't.

The number one factor for team effectiveness at Google: Psychological Safety. When people feel free to take risks, they share more diverse knowledge and innovate more. The last time you were working on a project did you feel like you could ask what the goal was without the risk of sounding like you’re the only one out of the loop?

Freedom versus security

If you walk a lot then your brain will be healthier. "On average a muscularly powerful twin now performed about 18 percent better on memory and other cognitive tests than her weaker sister."

In China, about 2.5 babies are aborted for every one born compared to about five live births for per one abortion in America.

"Don't ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems do they want to solve." -Jaime Casap Google Global Education Evangelist

More sex makes us happy but once a week may be enough for a happy relationship

BMI may not be the best way to measure risk of death from obesity. New research shows that people with a normal body mass index but a large belly are at greater risk of dying from heart disease than those with more evenly distributed weight. If your waist to hip ratio is less then 1, then you are fine.

Logical fallacy ref is awesome "We have an ad hominem attack. Personal foul; player tried to attack the opponent instead of his argument."

Jessica Jones is our first real super-antihero. With great irresponsibility comes great possibility.

"Hillary Clinton's resting face is "I just sat through 50 years of mansplaining." " - @louisvirtel

"Don't hate the player, hate the social construct of performative masculinity, which encourages weak men to conform to a sexist narrative" - @msgwenl

"Sometimes I forget that men have the right of way on the sidewalk and I feel so silly" -@maryhoulie

The 5 best business books according to Pete Burridge 
1. Small Giants by Bo Burlingham
2. The startup Playbook by David Kidder
3. Drive by Daniel Pink
4. The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
5. The leadership Challenge by James Kouzes and Barry Posner

Are there three eras of management? The era of execution, then expertise and now empathy?

In love it's best to be kind and curious

Hand gesture pro tips

Stephen Colbert is at his best when he's having a deep conversation in the guise of a shallow one

This baby elephant trying to get into a tub might be my new spirit animal

If four men use these urinals at the same time, a path to a secret boss will open

"Fraudulent papers had about 60 more jargon-like words per paper compared to unretracted papers, which is a non-trivial amount."

The Dalai Lama on terrorist attacks "We cannot solve this problem through prayers...I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. So let us work for peace...and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments."

There's a big shrine to Mother Cabrini in Golden CO 

When historians rate the presidents throughout history, the most effective ones turn out to be the most open-minded - Abraham Lincoln was a flip-flopper: He started out pro-slavery before abolishing it. FDR was a flip-flopper too: Elected on a platform of balancing the budget, he increased spending with the New Deal.

The smartest states are Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Kansas and Vermont.

People assume that 24% of American teen girls give birth each year, but really it's 3%. Also people think 15% of Americans are Muslim but it's really 1%. People think 32% of Americans are immigrants, but really it's 13%. And to top it off, basically the US is the most ignorant of all developed countries.

Moral narcissism is the tendency to think about morality in terms of how your actions make you feel about yourself rather than in terms of their consequences for others.

Children with high self-esteem strongly identify with their own gender and prefer their own gender.

Cat cafes are a thing now

Duck internet search history:
Bread pudding?
what is "breadwinner"
how to become a breadwinner
where to win bread
Duck boobs
Free bread

"I like that Reading Rainbow theme song starts off by aggressively one-upping butterflies." -@allegraringo

""Um wow okay" -all of Santa's other reindeer" -@TribalSpaceCat

"The fact that we know chameleons exist means they are worthless idiot failures." -@PeachCoffin

"I wonder if caterpillars know they're gonna fly some day or they just start building a cocoon and are like 'why am I doing this.'" -@JennyPentland

A glass half full interpretation of the replicability of psychological science. Basically 77% of replication effects from the psychology replication study were in (or above) the 95% prediction interval based on the original effect size.

"If they made taco flavored vodka I'd be dead in an hour." -@BGH70

"Just watched 3 people jogging outside and it has inspired me to get up and close the blinds." -@TrueTorontoGirl

Volkswagen emissions problem exposed by routine university research

"We do not get dignity from power or money or culture. We get dignity from work." -Pope Francis

"Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist" -Pablo Picasso

Apple is building an electric car that will come out in 2019

Cool name for your wifi network "FBI Intelligence van 18" also "It hurts when IP"

Most people are happier in relationships, and especially if you have low avoidance (i.e. you handle conflict well) and have high approach (i.e. you try to maximize closeness and bonding in all your relationships).

"Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now." -Mr Rogers

"Inspiration, like all of us, wants to be loved and appreciated, and if it hears you talking about how much it's ruining your life it will take its business elsewhere.  So when I hear creative people complaining about how it's a battlefield, and how they're bleeding over their work, and how awful it is, I always want to whisper to inspiration and be like 'Hey if you're sick of her, just come over to me.'" -Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

"Perfection is just a bludgeon that goes around murdering everything good."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

"If something is authentic enough, it will feel original." 
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

"Curiousity doesn't take anything from you. Curiousity just gives, and all it gives you are clues, just a beautiful thread, a tiny little clue from the scavenger hunt that you're unique here in life."
-Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic

Students get better grades when they are the same race as their TAs because TAs that are the same race give more answers to them.


"School failed me, and I failed the school. It bored me. The teachers behaved like Feldwebel (sergeants). I wanted to learn what I wanted to know, but they wanted me to learn for the exam... I felt that my thirst for knowledge was being strangled by my teachers; grades were their only measurement. How can a teacher understand youth with such a system?" -Albert Einstein


IQ is better than EQ. In Joseph and Newman's comprehensive analysis, cognitive ability accounted for more than 14 percent of job performance. Emotional intelligence accounted for less than 1 percent.

“Do I have regrets about being the CEO of the company that triggered the global economic collapse?  Yes.  Yes I have regrets about the fallout of my decisions. I regret that 37,000 of my people were hurt, and that my shareholders were skewered. And that we triggered a global recession. But I have no regrets about my decisions.  I did the best I could with the information I had.” -Dick Fuld, former CEO of Lehman Brothers and CU grad

Effective immediately, please direct all your room requests for meetings, presentations, workshops, etc. to UMC Scheduling by calling 2-8833 or via email at: Schedule@colorado.edu.  Faculty or anyone who is teaching: If you need a room for exams or class reviews continue to send Winnie those requests.

A five factor personality solution for the CPI 260

Being creative at work might cost you your relationships

Twitter wants its staff to be 35% female by the end of 2016, a rise of one percentage point. It also wants to raise the share of women in tech jobs three percentage points to 16% and the share of women in leadership roles to 25% from 22%

The Lean In and McKinsey data, which includes some companies studied by McKinsey in 2012, suggests that goal-setting is effective. Firms with established targets in 2012 outpaced those that didn’t set goals when it came to bulking up the share of women in senior management, the organizations said.

Intel announced a $300 million commitment to increase workforce diversity. Intel’s push includes a dashboard that updates in nearly real time, providing about 500 of its leaders with information on hiring of women in their division and retention of minorities.

Everyone at Intel gets an additional bonus—equal to as much as 7% of the person’s total bonus, though it varies by person—if the company hits two goals: hiring 40% minorities and women and ensuring that the retention rate of that group is at least equal to that of white and Asian men.

Research idea - biodiversity decreases the spread of disease. Might racial and gender diversity decrease the spread of organizational dysfunction?

One of the main reasons students quit college is because they think the college doesn't care about them as a person

Advertising about the University of Colorado makes voters have a more favorable view of the university

Americans view University of Colorado more favorably than University of Wisconsin

Men predominantly have male networks, while women have mostly female or mixed networks. Given that men are more likely to hold senior leadership positions, women may end up with less access to senior-level sponsorship.

New research led by a University of Colorado Boulder professor finds that nations torn by civil strife that have strong trade relations with the United Nations’ key decision-making states have a 20-percent greater likelihood of receiving peacekeepers.

Here’s a link to faculty salaries at several universities

"My view of marketing, and you'll all want to write this down, is 'I try shit. And digital marketing means I try shit every day." -Howard Diamond, Boulder entrepreneur

Event system theory of organizations - pretty rad, "events become salient when they are novel, disruptive, and critical (reflecting an event’s strength). Importantly, events can originate at any hierarchical level and their effects can remain within that level or travel up or down throughout the organization, changing or creating new behaviors, features, and events"

Compared to Men, Women View Professional Advancement as Equally Attainable, but Less Desirable (because women and not men view increased power as meaning increased workplace conflict)

"People who ask for advice are actually seen as more competent, as compared to those who don’t."

"respectful engagement is more than simply a nice way to interact, but is a catalyst and cultivator of creativity."

"I don't love technology. I love technology purchase orders. I retired and unretired three times. People say I'm bad at retirement, but I think I'm great at it because I've done it more than other people. Five A players will always beat 10 B players, who will always beat 20 C players. I'm not gender neutral because we all bring our biases to the table. Women leaders are more motivated than an equally qualified male leader because women have something to prove.  Also women have more empathy and are better listeners making them better leaders. I can fit anything in my life that I want to fit in.  I make bad decisions 47% of the time. And that's ok.  The norm in most companies is to make bad decisions but never admit you made a bad decision, which then makes the bad decision a disaster.  I had a plan at a company I was leading to put up posters that said, "stop doing stupid things" but the HR person said it was insulting so I changed it to "stop howard from doing stupid things" and it was a success.  The vast majority of cost saving ideas came directly to me, and not through the chain of command.  People don't do what you tell them to do, they do what you do. So leaders need to model admitting mistakes if they want followers to admit mistakes too.  What are you going to do to change something at Leeds in the next four months?  I sued Dean Ikenberry's dad so many times, he made me a deal that he would fund my student legal office at the University of Illinois if I would agree to stop suing him.  I took the deal, but then started another group and kept suing him." -Howard Diamond, Boulder entrepreneur

"Waterboarding at Guantanamo Bay sounds super rad if you don't know what either of those things are." -shower thoughts

"Diva is a female version of a hustler." -Beyonce

Is this the new Myers-Briggs? 

CEO regulatory focus as measured by text analysis

100 reasons to love "ball don't lie" Rasheed Wallace

"If you don't come in on Saturday, then don't bother coming in on Sunday" Entrepreneur Rob Schuham, in reference to how many hours entrepreneurs put in their businesses.

Umm if you're a white guy, try not to tell minorities about how diversity isn't a big deal.

Text analysis is a thing in organizational research now

"Find corporate employee turnover rates in  "Best Places to Work" reports and CSR reports" - Prof. Brooks Holtom

"Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of intelligence"- Oscar Wilde

Sarcasm is often considered a form of hostile humor, one of the four main types of humor or humor styles (e.g., Martin, Puhlik-Doris, Larsen, Gray, & Weir, 2003; the other three types are affiliative, self-enhancing, and self-deprecating humor).

Larry James says there's really just one underlying dimension of workplaces -- is the workplace beneficial or detrimental to me?

These people say there are three dimensions -- Osgood, C. E., Suci, G. J., & Tannenbaum, P. H. (1957). The measurement of meaning. Urbana: Univer. of Illinois Press, 195, 36.

"Arousal has a curvilinear relationship to performance. Everyone assumes they speak without an accent. Emotional labor literature came from management, not psychology. Entrainment is not contagion but they have the same number of syllables." - Russell Cropanzano

It's hard to know if relational energy comes from complementary (opposites attract) or similarity (brids of a feather)

"The qualities that men want most in a daughter - intelligent, independent, strong and principled - are the qualities that help women thrive in the workplace.  But this is what men say has made it harder to be a man today."  So we're stuck in a spiral of unrealistic expectations until men manage to get over themselves.

Four rules of thumb regarding economic/social change 1) Things generally improve over time (the world is better off now than it has ever been) 2) sharks and dangerous things kill very few people 3) the world has one distribution, not bi-modal 4) social improvements (i.e. girls in school, immunizations) precede economic improvements

"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." -Epictetus

"You can show the world my foot, which is very ugly, or you can show them my face, which tells a different story." -Hans Rosling telling the media to focus on the positive, rather than the wars.

Women go to school almost as much as men, deaths from natural disasters are at an 100 year low, and the number of people living in extreme poverty in the last 20 years has halved.

"Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems." -Epictetus

Sarcasm plus trust leads to creativity

Millenials who are thriving have one thing in common - rich parents

See congress polarize over the last 60 years

"The victories of speech have been many but the victories of silence have been many more. The man of silence is the man of power" - Carl Sandburg, American Poet

Never use the bathroom in your dream-- it's a setup.

Instagram CEO kevin systrom has sharp style and doesn't wear hoodies.  He follows @thedressedchest on instagram for good suit ideas.

"Silence speaks the contemplatives say, but really I think silence sorts." -Patricia Hampl

"He that would live in peace and ease must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. " -Benjamin Franklin

"Why don't buddhist monks ask to make them "one with everything" when they order pizza?" -Rich Garcia

How to project power - keep your limbs away from your body.  Make eye contact when you talk but not when you listen.

"As a country we are in denial because we've confused the right to bear arms with the right to bear arms all the time anywhere or anyplace you want. We have to have a different kind of conversation in America and be prepared to speak about the politically unspeakable." - Retired U.S. Army General Russel Honore

There's a troubling global movement of increasing nationalism and populism

University employees can be forced to turn over emails from personal accounts.

One of the main ingredients in Mountain Dew is orange juice; also all fruit loops taste exactly the same

There's two types of passion - harmonious passion and obsessive passion. Harmonious passion is correlated with a sense of flow and creativity, and obsessive passion is correlated with burnout.

July 17 is world emoji day.  Emoji may be the fastest spreading language on the internet.  But what do they actually mean??

Couples who date right after meeting tend to be equally attractive.  But couples who are friends first tend to be unequally attractive.

Time speeds up with age. Waiting 24 days for christmas at age 5 literally feels like waiting a year at age 54

Researchers have long shown that we experience time as going by much slower when our body temperature is higher. So perhaps it's not a coincidence that children have higher body temperatures than adults, and also experience time more slowly.

There's organizational personality - organizational emotional stability and conscientiousness, and they seem to predict organizational performance

A bet on gold is really a bet that the people in charge don't know what they're doing.

The goodyear airdock, a building so big it rains inside