The pre-judgment problem

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Seth Godin’s recent post, “Our pre-judgment problem,” shares several examples of how people and organizations use the wrong metrics to judge people, including: The SAT is a poor indicator of college performance, but most colleges use it anyway. Famous colleges aren’t correlated with lifetime success or happiness, but we push our kids to seek them out. […]

        
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The formula for high-quality work in less time

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Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania’s business school, just posted on their website an excerpt from Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by study skills author Cal Newport. The formula referenced below is what Newport describes as the secret to getting great work done in less time: High-Quality Work Produced = (Time […]

        
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Take the “good” out

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If you were to strike the word “good” from your vocabulary, your evaluation of colleges would be a lot more precise. And a lot more honest. It’s a good college. They have good professors. It’s got a good pre-med program. Take out the “good” and start over. Now what are you going to say? Don’t cheat […]

        
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Take the “good” out

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If you were to strike the word “good” from your vocabulary, your evaluation of colleges would be a lot more precise. And a lot more honest. It’s a good college. They have good professors. It’s got a good pre-med program. Take out the “good” and start over. Now what are you going to say? Don’t cheat […]

        
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Great benefits…and great writing

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Zapier, an 8o-person startup that automates workflow between different applications, just started offering a “de-location package” for new employees in which they’ll reimburse up to $10,000 to help new hires currently living in the San Francisco Bay area relocate. To anywhere. The initiative is innovative (it’s gotten some press). It makes sense for Zapier (they’re a […]

        
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A short shelf life

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My wife and I are completing an application for our son’s admission to preschool. That is a sentence I never imagined I would write, but I’m following my own advice about matchmaking. It’s not a prestigious preschool (if there is such a thing), and they don’t make ridiculous claims about preparing toddlers for future Ivy […]

        
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Tough private counseling love

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At many of the counseling and admissions conferences we attend, at least one session will degenerate into a small contingent of private counselors who voice complaints that high school counselors: don’t appreciate what we do are biased against us should be more open to collaboration, like taking our phone calls, communicating with us about our […]

        
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Play the game right

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Jim, my friend from college who, as I shared here, died suddenly last fall, had spent years coaching his sons’ Little League baseball teams. As the new season opened in their hometown recently, the league honored Jim with an unveiling of jerseys bearing his initials, the welcoming of his younger brother, Mark, to throw out the […]

        
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