Creating a Book of Small Experiments

Between Dan Pink, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, and Seth Godin, I've usually got material for about five or six blog posts a month. Add in my Music Monday posts, and I've got 10 posts covered. That still leaves 20 or so ideas that I need to come up with each month, but it's nice when … Continue reading Creating a Book of Small Experiments

According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Old-time readers of my blog should know who Dan Ariely is, given how often I've used his work in my posts. If you're not sure who he is, Dan Ariely is a Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He is also the author of several New York Times bestsellers and he has … Continue reading According to Dan Ariely, I Should Be the Most Productive Person in the World

Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

A couple of years ago I wrote about how I often went entire meetings without saying a word. I called it doing my Clarence Thomas impression. I suggested that such behavior was probably linked to my introverted nature, as well as a lack of confidence. And not much has changed since I wrote that post. Sometimes … Continue reading Just Let Us Introverts Be Introverts

Is There Such Thing as a Free Breakfast?

I finally came across a Dan Ariely answer I agreed with. Or at least I thought so until I read the comments. Here was the question someone had submitted to Dan: My children’s school has a mix of affluent and poor families. Some of the students qualify for free breakfast, but they don’t take advantage … Continue reading Is There Such Thing as a Free Breakfast?

This Is a Low Quality Post

Thank heaven it was a Dan Ariely day in the Wall Street Journal. I'm not feeling so great, and I didn't want to spend a lot of time thinking about and writing my blog. Fortunately Da's column usually provides something for me to write about, and today was no exception. Here's one of the letters he received, … Continue reading This Is a Low Quality Post

From Sports to Politics to Aristotle to Teenagers, Highlights from Today’s Wall Street Journal

The Weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal is always my favorite. It's not all business, and with its Review and Off Duty sections, there's sure to be sure a story or two that captures the reader's interest. Since today's paper was no exception (even though there was no column from Dan Ariely), I thought … Continue reading From Sports to Politics to Aristotle to Teenagers, Highlights from Today’s Wall Street Journal

Why Would You Not Get the Extra Large?

This is a job question for Superman Dan Ariely. A few times during the year, Wawa, the Philadelphia-based convenience store (and by far THE best convenience store chain in the U.S.), has a promotion that offers any size coffee for just $1. The coffee cup sizes come in small, medium, large, and extra large, and … Continue reading Why Would You Not Get the Extra Large?

Behavioral Economist’s Latest Solution to Every Problem? Alcohol

Apparently, alcohol is the answer to all of life's problems. At least that's the impression you might get if you read Dan Ariely's latest column in the Wall Street Journal. Here's the first email he received: Hi, Dan. At work we have a large code base—all the source codes for our computer programs—and it’s managed … Continue reading Behavioral Economist’s Latest Solution to Every Problem? Alcohol

Don’t Read This Post Now – Wait Three Days to Do So

Sorry to make you wait three days, but you can blame good old Dan Ariely. Dan recently received the following email: Dear Dan, I enjoy giving gifts to my best friend, and I was wondering which approach would be better for strengthening our friendship: giving her big gifts twice a year, on her birthday and … Continue reading Don’t Read This Post Now – Wait Three Days to Do So

Do Some People Need Money to Do the Right Thing?

We've all heard the pitch, "Police are offering $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of so and so", and I'm guessing like most of you, I don't even pay attention. But for some reason when I heard it today, it made me think about the details of such offers and question why such … Continue reading Do Some People Need Money to Do the Right Thing?