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What’s in a Label?

As regular readers know, we have issues with the labels that people give others – labels make it too easy to put someone or a group of people in a box. It is also often a convenient way to ascribe someone’s actions or thoughts without determining the potential complexity that sits behind those actions and thoughts. As an example, a popular choice in many companies has been the adoption and...

Last Minute Larceny

Leaving things to the last minute is a recipe for disaster and on the way causes stress, anxiety and a series of corners that have been cut. Quality suffers and often there is collateral damage to those around you. So why do people heap this kind of trauma on themselves? Why do they leave things to the last minute? Why do you? I guess if it wasn’t for the last minute we’d never get anything...

Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink

One of the founding fathers of “nudge” theory has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for economics. Richard Thaler co-wrote a bestselling book on the nudge concept extolling the notion that people can be influenced by prompts to alter their behaviour. The Nobel committee said the 72-year-old has provided a “more realistic analysis of how people think and behave when making economic...

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