In the early 1950s, the Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR) at the University of California, Berkeley began developing new and different ways to analyze personalities. The scientists at IPAR attempted what many thought was impossible: to study creativity in a methodical and scientific way, working to determine what specific personality traits make certain […]
In 2012, Russian workers repairing a statue of Lenin unearthed a time capsule with a letter from a Soviet youth group from 1979. It reads, in part: ‘‘Let your character be courageous. Let your songs be happier. Let your love be hotter. We do not feel sorry for ourselves, because we are certain you will […]
Anthony Bourdain on success
I’m not looking to rule the world, I’m not looking to create a permanent brand. It’s a quality-of-life issue with me. Am I having fun? Am I surrounded by people I like? Are we proud of what we’re doing? Do we have anything to regret when we look in the mirror tomorrow? Those things are […]
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, coöperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook […]
Focus on what matters
Came across this quote today, likely others have seen it before, but it captures some great thinking: Life is like a camera. Just focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t turn out – take another shot.
What every Apple store employee knows
APPLE is an acronym ingrained into every Apple store employee before they ever even step on the retail floor. APPLE: Approach customers with a personalized warm welcome Probe politely to understand all the customer’s needs Present a solution for the customer to take home today Listen for and resolve any issues or concerns End with a […]
Before you die, make some changes
What do people regret the most before they die? Bonnie Ware worked in palliative care for many years, tending to people during the last three to twelve weeks of their lives. A handful of themes cropped up in the things they regretted during their final days: “I wish I’d had the courage to live a […]
This week’s remainders
One day I’ll get back to blogging regularly, for now some misc. finds: AbeBooks.com – has posted their list of the most expensive book sales for 2008. Predictive Analytics World runs February 18-19 in San Francisco. Eric Segal, the conference chair, has put together a great event for predictive analytics professionals, managers and commercial practitioners. Flashbulb […]
Two interesting pieces I came across this week that speak to the environmental impacts of everyday marketing and sales activities: Drink Outside the Box A standard wine bottle holds 750 milliliters of wine and generates about 5.2 pounds of carbon-dioxide emissions when it travels from a vineyard in California to a store in New York. […]
Bert and Ernie Mashup
Gotta love stuff like this. Brilliant!