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Slow & Fast Problems

Q: If it’s bad, why don’t we fix it?A: Because many of the problems that go unresolved are “slow”. When you fall off a ladder and break an arm, it’s very apparent. The bone is… Read More »Slow & Fast Problems

Best Price vs Best Value

Q: Is “lowest price” the right framework for purchasing decisions?A: Not if it costs you significant quality.  I’m learning to reframe my thinking from “cost” oriented to “value”.  I grew up reading restaurant menus from… Read More »Best Price vs Best Value


Q: When is better not actually better?A: What’s better for a tree might not be better for the forest. My sunglasses are great; but I wish they were worse.  Inside my car I’ve got an… Read More »Sunglasses


Q: Why has progress stalled?A: You need permission for the next move. Often there are promotions, endeavors, trips, or decisions that get stalled because you need permission for the next step. When that happens, when… Read More »Permission

The Deeper Need

Q: Will buying some thing make me happy? A: Only for a moment, and here’s why…  Systems engineer and environmental scientist Donella Meadows on nonmaterial needs: “People don’t need enormous cars; they need admiration and respect.… Read More »The Deeper Need

High & Low Agency

Q: If you were detained in a third-world prison who would you call to get you out?A: That’s the most high-agency person you know.  “Agency” refers to someone’s capacity to exert power.  When someone is… Read More »High & Low Agency

Birthday Advice

Q: What’s some wisdom to help celebrate another year of living?A: Here’s some short-and-sweet insights: Time will begin to move faster, and your body a bit slower. Do what you can to enjoy little moments throughout… Read More »Birthday Advice