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Business Building Community

Business Building Community

Thom Ruhe capped off this morning’s 1 Million Cups (congrats on the brand new site going live!) 1st birthday event with some thoughtful comments.  One sentence especially struck me: “I think community is becoming a form of currency in our economy.”  I responded, via Twitter, “Always has been, we just see it now.” I’m still…

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Think like a Social Scientist

Think like a Social Scientist

I encourage everyone to think like a social scientist. Not all the time — that would be exhausting and you’d probably be accused of being a “creepy, monomaniacal over-analyzer” — but you should think like a social scientist when it matters. Why? Because you’ll be more likely to make better decisions. Thinking like a scientist…

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Attention!

Attention!

What is Attention? Attention is the focus of our mental resources on some information, while filtering out other information. Attention is crucial to everything from better decisions to better relationships, yet everything about us — our bodies, minds, cultures, and societies — encourages us to pay as little attention as possible. Attention is a gateway:…

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What impresses you?

What impresses you?

In one of my LinkedIn groups, a member (Shannon Miller) asked a thoughtful question that prompted me to dig the following bits out of my archive and post it. So what impresses me?  Three things impress me, every time, without fail. Real expertise.  Real expertise is qualitatively different, even from someone who has much learning…

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Predicting the 2012 Presidential Election

Predicting the 2012 Presidential Election

In the days leading up to the 2012 Presidential Election, I posted my Electoral College predictions and analysis to my Facebook stream. As social scientist and a data geek, I’ve run statistical election predictions since 1996. This time, I used it as an opportunity to field test some new statistical modeling techniques I’m developing for…

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We See What isn’t There

We See What isn’t There

I have long quipped that, “humans are so good at seeing patterns that we find them where none exist.”  But it wasn’t until sometime in graduate school that I learned the technical term for it: “apophenia.”  (A visual apophenia is a pareidolia.)  I still share this one with my students at some appropriate juncture almost…

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