Don’t Trust Your Gut Alone

Please see my new article in The Times of Israel called, “The Snake That Appeals To Your Gut.”

The truth is, following one’s gut feelings alone is a way to avoid confronting or dealing with real data about what’s going on. While it’s true that information can be tough to get as well as to interpret, we certainly have to look not only at people’s words, but also at their deeds. We have to see them over an extended period of time, so we see whether there is consistency and if their integrity holds up under different situations and stressors.


We have hearts and minds and we need to make sure we are using both in making important decisions. Otherwise, see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil—and what do you think you are precisely going to get?


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Strategy, Strategery, Stratego

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Like the all knowing eye…


Strategy is our way of trying to forge a coherent path ahead. 


Of course, as humans, we are imperfect and don’t know what we don’t know. 


But whether we call it strategy, strategery, or stratego, the goal is to have a method to our madness. 


We can’t just rely on luck, gut, intuition, or subjective whim to get us wherever. 


Having no strategy is brainless following or aimless wandering. 


Strategy means your thinking ahead what you want to achieve and then at least trying your best to accomplish something. 


Ample course corrections allowed and encouraged, as needed. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

When In Doubt

When In Doubt

I like this sign that I saw in a local place of business that buys and sells goods. 


“When in doubt–PASS!”


How many times are we faced with a challenging situation, and we are not quite sure what to do.


We hem and haw and go back and forth in our minds whether we should really do it?


But like my wife and I came to with decision-making in general a while ago, “If it isn’t yes, then it’s no.”


When that little something inside is giving you pause, doubt, and holding you back…there is usually a very good reason. 


STOP yourself right there–listen to your gut and instinct.


If you don’t, you’ll pay the price afterwards for making a bad call that you knew deep down was a big no-no to begin with. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy and Dossy Blumenthal)

Living In Fuzzyland

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There was a very good piece in the New York Times by Steven Kurutz called “The ‘Kind of’ ‘Sort of’ Era”.



The point of which you can, kind of, figure out.



We sort of come across as if we don’t know what we are talking about.



It drives us crazy when our kids seem to constantly use that sort of language. 



We tell them to cut it out, but they, kind of, don’t listen.



So now the contagion has spread and adults (many of which are in powerful positions) have adapted this tentative language, and sort of feel better using it. 



Why?



Because either they really often dunno what the heck they are talking about or just want to score political points, and so it kind of makes sense.



What? you say–all the “Geenius” pundits, researchers, academics, government officials, big company bosses kind of don’t know? 



Ah yeah–we often discuss ad nauseam, throw in a few numbers or spurious “facts” and then sort of just make our best “guesstimate.”



Usually, it’s kind of like our gut, intuition, whims, politics, or personal agendas drive our approach or decisions as much as anything else.



This is reflected in what is often sort of wishy-washy deliberations and back and forth “decision-making.”



Most of the time the answers are obvious….



– Disease Management: Make an ebola quarantine. SAFEGUARD AMERICAN LIVES.



– Terrorism: Put “boots on the ground.” INEVITABLE.



– National Security: Cut a bad deal with longtime enemies building dangerous weapons of mass destruction. RIDICULOUS.



– Economy: Balance the budget for our children.  BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.



The list goes on and on…



Kurutz is right–we are uncertain about what we are saying and doing, and this is reflected in our “hedge-speak” and our one-foot-in tactics, getting us sort of nowhere as a country. 



I for one am fed up with this kind of/sort of stuff, and think we need to take a stand, speak the truth, make important decisions, and move forward from fuzzyland where we are now all living. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)