On strategic/critical thinking, problem-solving, decision making, and leadership

  • Critical-thinking, Mental Models and Decision-making

    Critical-thinking, Mental Models and Decision-making

    My favorite quotes about critical-thinking, mental models, and decision-making. Mastering these skills will differentiate you from artificial intelligence (AI), competition and irrelevancy.

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  • How to Gain Competitive Advantage Over Your “Competition”

    Your competition is yourself, first and foremost. It’s then the circumstances that life presents to you. And finally, it’s others competing for the same thing you are. In this order. There are no silver bullets when striving to gain competitive advantage. And yet, there are “life hack” pundits wanting to sell something or increase their…

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  • Context and Flexibility Matter

    It depends. A few years back while studying business at the University of Oxford, a colleague of mine made famous the response, “It depends.” He enjoyed the humor it brought to the classroom, and he was also spot-on.  We live in a world that is complex, ever changing, and highly competitive. How we think and…

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  • Hiding Behind Business Process

    Hiding Behind Business Process

    Business process creates predictability, but it can also stifle growth and innovation. When we cling rigidly to processes, we use them as a shield, never venturing beyond their secure boundaries. If something goes wrong, we can deflect blame onto “the process,” absolving ourselves of responsibility. To truly excel, we must strike a balance between two…

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  • See the Good in Yourself and Others

    See the Good in Yourself and Others

    It’s easy to see what’s lacking in ourselves and in others. Hence, it’s difficult to see the good and the progress we’ve made. And yet, our happiness depends on how we see and measure ourselves, and how we see and measure others. Dan Sullivan and Dr. Benjamin Hardy (The Gap and The Gain) call this…

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  • Why I Read

    The point, after all, is not just to read. The point is to read in a way that leads to better thinking, and to think in a way that leads to better living. Eric Greitens Reading is a very practical experience for me. Because I strive daily to live an 80/20, essentialistic life, I work…

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