A Good Time for Good Will

Good will, I’ve learned from colleagues who practice the mysterious art of business valuation, is not an easy thing to quantify. There are standard guidelines, but each seems to have a unique recipe or method for assigning a number to intangible assets, and sometimes they even agree. But not often. Especially when they are on […]

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How to Hire a Doctor

I’m not a hospital administrator or the owner of a clinic, yet over my lifetime I’ve had to hire at least three dozen doctors. They’ve been medical advisors, surgical ‘fixers’, and those who have risen to the job of ushering my family through life’s transitions: beginning, middle, and end. For most of my life, I’ve […]

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Leading Into the Light

Once upon a time, I had to learn how to make a video. It was important, so I spent a few minutes with a very helpful guy at the Apple store, learning the ins and outs of iMovie. (If you know me, you know I never RTFM. I’m that kind of techie…) So technically speaking, […]

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Privacy, Data, Trust, and Love

The near-complete annihilation of privacy can be a terrible thing. But when it happens between two people, the result is an extraordinary reward called ‘falling in love.’ So why, then, are we seeing such an uproar about something that – under the right circumstances – we are so willing to surrender? Perhaps the current conversation […]

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Warning: Powerlessness May Be Dangerous to Your Brain – and Your Business

I remember reading an article another scientist sent me, essentially describing some research in the Netherlands. They conducted three ex­pe­ri­ments, putting Dutch uni­ver­s­ity stu­dents in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­i­os de­signed to make them feel ei­ther dom­i­nant or sub­or­di­nate in ‘rank’. They were then asked to perform think­ing tasks, such as solving puzzles.  The ‘pow­erless’ ones had trouble […]

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