Want to Get the Ultimate Handwritten Set of Thank You Notes?

Then you've come to the right place. I first wrote about the wonderful non-profit organization, DonorsChoose, over five years ago. In fact, it is one of the posts that were part of my initial foray into blogging through a 30-day challenge. Here is a bit of an excerpt from that post: Imagine making a donation … Continue reading Want to Get the Ultimate Handwritten Set of Thank You Notes?

Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

A couple of years ago the BBC investigative series Panorama did a story titled: "Smartphones: The Dark Side". Here is the brief description of the show: People are all increasingly glued to their smartphones and consumed by social media, but why? Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson tracks down tech insiders who reveal how social-media companies have … Continue reading Is WordPress Built to Be Addictive Like Facebook and Twitter?

The Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher

Not sure who Herb Kelleher is? Kelleher (March 12, 1931 – January 3, 2019) was an American billionaire airline businessman and lawyer. He was the co-founder, later CEO, and chairman emeritus of Southwest Airlines until his death in 2019. If you have ever flown Southwest or seen its ads, you know it is a different kind of airline. … Continue reading The Wacky Genius of Herb Kelleher

Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

In today's class, I showed the wonderful Dan Pink TED talk on motivation (yes, the same Dan Pink who many of you pointed out the other day needs to work on his hand washing). In part of the video, Dan introduces the candle problem, which is shown in the image above. The problem was developed by … Continue reading Can You Solve the Candle Problem?

Was This a Sign That I Should Retire?

It was my first class of the day; 8:00 am. I was ready. It was a topic I had taught dozens of times: Management and Leadership. I had prepped for the class a few days prior, updating my material to make it as current as possible. One of the things I like to do in … Continue reading Was This a Sign That I Should Retire?

Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Many people are likely aware of the suggestion to sing "Happy Birthday", twice, while washing your hands to ensure that you wash your hands thoroughly. Here's Prime Minister Boris Johnson showing us (sort of) how it's done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWfZGdLeDl4 But Dan Pink has an even better idea than singing the well-known tune while washing our hands. … Continue reading Forget about Singing Happy Birthday, Do This When Washing Your Hands Instead

Check Out the Best (i.e., Worse) Click Bait Headlines Ever and You’ll Never…

I was just reading a story about how Taboola Ltd.’s deal to acquire Outbrain Inc. has been called off, putting an end to an attempt to combine the internet’s two largest content-recommendation companies. Taboola and Outbrain are known for generating the “promoted stories” or “around the web” sections that appear at the bottom of news … Continue reading Check Out the Best (i.e., Worse) Click Bait Headlines Ever and You’ll Never…

It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

It was the perfect storm. The weather was forecast to be perfect. Each student has their own portable chair. And I am getting closer and closer to the end of my teaching career. If it was ever going to happen, this seemed like the right time. So I did it. For the first time in … Continue reading It Only Took 34 Years for Me to Be the “Cool” Teacher

I Guess People Are No Longer Fascinated by Tires

I first wrote about the fun fact that LEGO is the world's largest tire manufacturer, producing over 700 million tires per year, on June 24, 2018. The post got eight views that day, and another eleven the next day. Like most posts, the number of views quickly faded away over the next few weeks. But … Continue reading I Guess People Are No Longer Fascinated by Tires

It’s Dan Ariely Time!

I'm quite happy that it appears that Dan's column in the Wall Street Journal is back with some regularity because it has always been a great source of material for my blog. And this week is no exception. Here is one of the emails Dan received: Dear Dan, I am obsessed with my blogging stats. … Continue reading It’s Dan Ariely Time!