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Tips to Making Great Data Products

Don’t try to be too clever. Simple, straightforward approaches beat cleverness 9 times out of 10. Start with something simple, then make it more complex if needed. Don’t start with something complex and then simplify. The hardest part of data science is getting good, clean data. Cleaning data is often 80% of the work. Try … Continue reading

Four Steps to Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

From: “ HOW TO KEEP YOUR RESOLUTIONS  By KATHERINE L. MILKMAN and KEVIN G. VOLPP, January 3, 2014, NY Times     1. Make a concrete plan. When you do so, you both embed your intentions firmly in memory (which reduces forgetting) and make it harder to postpone good behavior, since doing so requires breaking an explicit commitment to … Continue reading

Twelve Irrational Things We Do (and What We Can Do About It)

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)  was created and developed by the American psychotherapist and psychologist Albert Ellis. REBT is a practical, action-oriented approach to coping with problems and enhancing personal growth. It places a good deal of its focus on the present: on currently-held attitudes, painful emotions and maladaptive behaviors that can sabotage a fuller experience of life. … Continue reading

Top Three Technology Trends of 2014

Top Trends of 2014:  1. The Industrial Internet (a.k.a. the “Internet of Things”) will revolutionize infrastructure.  One of the biggest technology trends in 2014 will be one that remains essentially invisible to the vast majority of people on this planet, even though its eventual impact on humankind will be dramatic. The first applications of the … Continue reading

How to be a Better Parent

Ten Tips on Becoming a Better Parent: 1) Love and affection. You support and accept the child, are physically affectionate, and spend quality one-on-one time together. 2. Stress management. You take steps to reduce stress for yourself and your child, practice relaxation techniques and promote positive interpretations of events. 3. Relationship skills. You maintain a healthy relationship with … Continue reading

The Human Animal

Notes from Prof. Robert Sapolsky’s talk at the Being Human 2013 seminar last week in San Francisco. Humans: – Are just like any animal, in certain ways – Have the same basic design, but novel use, in other ways – Have certain features that have no animal precedent Like Any Animal “the Wellesley effect” Socially … Continue reading

The Hormonal Predicates of Romantic Love

From the research of Doctor Helen Fisher As presented at the Being Human 2013 conference There are three fundamental hormones that drive human love, sex and affection: Sex Drive – testosterone Romantic Attraction – dopamine, norepinephrine (seratonin) Attachment – oxytocin, vasopressin These three endocrine systems are interrelated: triggering one (e.g. dopamine) can trigger another (testosterone). … Continue reading

The SCARF theory of NeuroLeadership

Neuroscience has shown that the brain makes 5 threat vs. reward evaluations every second. These evaluations are based on five key parameters, sometimes called SCARF:  SCARF S – Status C – Certainty A – Autonomy R – Relatedness F – Fairness   Consider a manager walking into a room full of her subordinates. Within the … Continue reading

Nine daily habits for happiness

1. Start each day with expectation. If there’s any big truth about life, it’s that it usually lives up to (or down to) your expectations. Therefore, when you rise from bed, make your first thought: “something wonderful is going to happen today.” Guess what? You’re probably right. 2. Take time to plan and prioritize. The … Continue reading

Why so many predictions fail – and some don’t

“Why So Many Predictions Fail — but Some Don’t” is a new book by Nate Silver on the science of extracting information from noisy data. Why are we so rarely able to make rational predictions about the future? Partly it is because: We are fooled into thinking that random patterns are meaningful We build mental … Continue reading