Sharing is Caring – So Share Your Idea!

graphic of sharing ideas and why teams are important

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life is convincing ourselves that our ideas are unique and ours alone. We rationalize keeping our ideas to ourselves because we are afraid that others will steal them, or worst—we believe our ideas aren’t good enough. Our ideas are precious, but they aren’t that unique nor that […]

Don’t Play Follow The Leader With Your Career

follow the leader signage on a road

Why do so many people believe they can become successful simply by copying what successful people do? Identifying a role model and then playing follow the leader is an age-old habit of looking for “shortcuts” to success. Why? Are They Smarter?   Many people believe their role models are successful because they are smarter. Research shows […]

Ideas Are Not Innovations!

ideas are not innovations - innovations come from taking action

Ideas inspire people to change how we do the things we do. But ideas by themselves are just an inkling of what could be. Ideas that remain ideas forever eventually become ideas of the past, things we once thought could change the world. But never did. No one ever changed the world by just thinking […]

Stop Acting Stupid and Change Your Mind

Acting stupidly is like have a ball and chain around us.

As humans, we have a unique superpower. That superpower is our ability to convince ourselves that something is true — when it’s not. We act stupidly.  Sometimes stupidity makes people act against their own best interests. When their belief in what is true is challenged by contradictory evidence, stupidity causes people to hold on to […]

An Ethics Crisis in 2020 – Here Is To A Better 2021

Ethical Research - Do What Is Right Not What is Easy

Given the esteem and trust we grant scientists and innovators, how could this happen?  How could research fraud, falsified data, and unproven conclusions result in 1,800 papers in leading journals and peer review articles being retracted in 2020? And this is not an anomaly. [1] Two decades ago, journals were retracting roughly 40 papers per […]

I Have a Question…

Toddler with never-ending questions

“Dad – what’s that?” My daughter, 4 or 5, was in her car seat as we were running errands. She grew impatient with my delay in answering her question. “That!” she said as she pointed out her window at the curb.  “It’s called a curb,” I explained. “What’s it made of?” “Cement.” “What’s cement?” I […]

A Job Worth Doing…

lesson learned - a job well done

I looked up and saw that look of disappointment.  My 8-year-old self was staring into the face of my father. I had badgered him for weeks to let me cut the grass to earn the same allowance my older brother got for the same chore. My early activism in equal pay for equal work.   His […]