Category Archives: Models

An ideal year’s outcome

on September 30, 2017 in Audio, Leadership, Models, Nature, Podcast

A recent workshop I attended had me write my dream of a “Year of Opportunity”—that is, what I’d like to make happen if I achieved everything I could. Normally we don’t share our greatest hopes and expectations since they enable others to judge us—for dreaming too much, for being unrealistic, for thinking too much of ourselves, for not achieving our dreams, and so on. So what? I’m going to share[…] Keep reading →

My spectrum of distaste and avoidance

on September 27, 2017 in Models

For some reason, some names of companies show up in the news periodically. Reading about some disagreeable behavior of Monsanto over the summer, I thought about which I disliked the most and thought about where they belonged in my range of companies. I started making a spectrum of which companies seemed distasteful to me—companies I avoid doing business with—and food I avoid eating. In my mind they share something similar.[…] Keep reading →

Why high intensity interval training works, according to me

on September 6, 2017 in Fitness, Models, Nature

Now that I’ve picked up the habit of high intensity interval training, I’ve developed a belief about it that explains why it increases your cardio-respiratory system so well—that minutes of HIIT exercise can give you the benefit of hours of moderate exercise. Muscles develop when you stress them. You build skeletal muscles by stressing them, such as by lifting as much as you can. If you can left, say, 25[…] Keep reading →

Problems in global warming with “every bit helps” and little tips to do little things

on July 28, 2017 in Models, Nature

Leading cultural change, one of the big tasks is to change collective beliefs. One of my big discoveries of my experiments with avoiding flying and food packaging is that what I expected to feel like deprivation and sacrifice ended up becoming two of the greatest changes in my life. Living by your most important values, especially when they override less important values that you were doing without thinking, improves your[…] Keep reading →

Economics is wrong about growth

on July 24, 2017 in Education, Models, Nature

My recent post at Inc., “Economics Is Wrong About Growth And It’s Ruining Everything,” begins Economics Is Wrong About Growth And It’s Ruining Everything Even Adam Smith foresaw an end to growth. How did we lose sight of it and think we could grow forever? Nearly every economist I’ve heard say anything about economic growth says it’s necessary for a population’s well-being, as has nearly every comment I’ve seen on the subject from non-economists.[…] Keep reading →

The futility of “Seeing things as they are”

on July 6, 2017 in Models, Nature, Perception

Do people understand what they’re saying when they talking about “seeing things as they really are?” Do they realize it makes no sense? Let’s say you’re seeing things for not what they are. Do they imagine you have some special faculty that you were not using but when you decide to, you can just use your reality-seeing eyes instead of your what? false-seeing eyes? If you misperceived or were deceived[…] Keep reading →

How science improves leadership and coaching: My conversation with Ron Potter

on May 13, 2017 in Audio, Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Models, Nature

Does a background in science help someone lead? … does it help someone coach? If so, how? I spoke with longtime leadership and executive coach Ron Potter, who came from an engineering and technical background to coach executives at top levels of major global companies, about how our backgrounds help. We covered: How a science and technical background helps us understand and work with emotions better than others … and[…] Keep reading →