Building an Effective Team: Tips From Pros

Building an Effective Team: Tips From Pros

What are some things you should consider when hiring for your team? Should you only hire the best of the best? To build an effective team, recruiting only all-star employees won’t work, because Joy’s Law states that most of the smartest, highly talented people in the world always work for someone else. Since you can’t bank on everyone being a natural all-star, it’s crucial to instead harness your employees’ potential. Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann offer some tips for building an effective team.

Unexpected Consequences: Predicting the Unpredictable

Unexpected Consequences: Predicting the Unpredictable

Do your decisions often backfire because something unexpected comes up? How can you minimize unintended consequences from throwing off your plans? Life is unpredictable, and every decision or choice we make has the potential to backfire. According to Peter Bevelin, the author of Seeking Wisdom, we can minimize the unintended consequences of our decisions by engaging in systems thinking. Let’s explore two concepts from systems thinking that can help us avoid unexpected consequences.

How to Analyze People: A Guide to Judging Character

How to Analyze People: A Guide to Judging Character

Are you a good judge of character? What are some things you should look out for when trying to size up what a person is all about?  Knowing how to analyze people is an essential skill that will help you get ahead both in your personal and professional life. If you know how to judge someone’s character, you’ll be better at making friends, securing clients, and, generally, getting what you want. On the flip side, you’ll be harder to manipulate and take advantage of.  Keep reading to learn how to analyze people so you can connect with them more effectively. 

How Negative, Unhelpful Thoughts Set You Back

How Negative, Unhelpful Thoughts Set You Back

Do you struggle with negative thoughts? How does negative thinking warp your perception of reality? Negative thoughts provide your brain with false evidence that reality is bad, trapping you in a negative mindset that causes unnecessary suffering. While some negative thoughts may feel warranted, they are ultimately unhelpful thoughts—they won’t help you solve the problem. Here’s how negative thoughts cause you to misinterpret reality.

Super Thinking and Mental Models: How to Make Better Choices

Super Thinking and Mental Models: How to Make Better Choices

What is “super thinking”? How does super thinking facilitate learning and decision-making? According to Gabriel Weinberg and Lauren McCann, super thinking is the ability to accurately understand the world. Further, they claim that you can develop this ability by learning how to think in terms of mental models. Keep reading to learn what mental models are, where they come from, and why they’re valuable in decision-making. 

Moral Psychology: Understanding Ethical Behavior 

Moral Psychology: Understanding Ethical Behavior 

Is morality baked into our DNA or enforced by law or religion? Would humans act ethically if there was no punishment for immoral behavior? The question of morality is a complicated one. In moral psychology, there are perspectives both in favor and against the good-naturedness of human beings. Below, we’ll explore both sides of the argument and why the matter of morality is so pertinent in our day and age.

Trading Psychology: What Distinguishes Winners From Losers 

Trading Psychology: What Distinguishes Winners From Losers 

Do you want to learn about trading psychology? What are the key psychological factors that determine trading success? Trading is as much about your frame of mind as it is about your knowledge of the market and trading instruments. When it comes to trading psychology, the best mindset to have is one of dedication, patience, and risk tolerance. Without these attributes, you might get an occasional win, but you won’t become a consistently successful trader.  Below, we’ll talk about the psychological side of trading and why knowledge doesn’t translate into trading success.

The Psychology of Emotional Decision-Making

The Psychology of Emotional Decision-Making

Do you tend to make decisions based on emotions or cold logic? How can you prevent your emotions from getting in the way of important decisions? When we’re faced with a high-stakes decision, it can be hard to think straight because our emotions run high. However, decisions based on emotions have a high chance of backfiring. Keep reading to learn about the psychology of emotional decision-making.

Morality in Politics: Reason vs. Virtue

Morality in Politics: Reason vs. Virtue

How should issues of morality be treated in politics? Should the government embrace one view of morality or avoid enforcing any specific moral code? Morality is a contentious subject in political philosophy. Liberalists argue that we should deemphasize moral questions in favor of reason and logic. Proponents of Aristotle’s political theory, on the other hand, consider moral questions crucial for politics. Michael Sandel contrasts the two philosophies and how they might inform real-life political debates pertaining to morality.