Category Archive: Decision-making

May 19

Lemmings, and how to navigate uncertainty

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates Lemmings suffer from a classic reputation issue. In 1958, Walt Disney’s controversial interpretation of a natural phenomenon in White Wilderness immortalised the lemming ‘suicide plunge’. In fact, the small rodents don’t commit mass suicide; their populations fluctuate wildly and when numbers are high, they migrate in groups as a …

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Apr 14

Why collaboration is hard (and critical)

“No one can whistle a symphony.”  HE Luccock Nearly five decades ago, Gordon Moore noted a phenomenon that’s survived the passage of time. The capacity of the integrated circuit had doubled nearly every year since its invention in 1958, and Intel’s cofounder predicted that exponential growth would last another ten years. That was 1965. Moore …

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Mar 17

Why character matters more than passion

“Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage.” Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War In an Age of Passion, Cal Newport’s is a lonely voice. A computer scientist at Washington’s Georgetown University, Newport has written extensively on the Cult of Passion, its increasingly synonymous relationship with success, …

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