The Cost Of Our Dishonesty Trust is an incredibly important factor in society. But it’s not always visible. We don’t always recognize it, or value its contribution to society. Here’s a story: on a recent trip to South America, I … Continue reading Trust in insurance
Why the Mona Lisa stands out In 1993 a psychologist, James Cutting, visited the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to see Renoir’s picture of Parisians at play, “Bal du Moulin de la Galette”, considered one of the greatest works of impressionism. … Continue reading Exposed to Mona Lisa
Longer deadlines make people donate more money “If you give a donation within three days, an anonymous contributor will donate an additional DKK 10.” This was the message that researchers from the Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus BSS … Continue reading Do deadlines make sense?
Behavioral Economics: The Best Kept Secret in Startups I hated Economics in high school. My teacher was a womanizing drunk who sat all the pretty girls in the front row and drew boring graphs on the whiteboard. I remember thinking … Continue reading Deserving the best
The Problem with Saying “My Door Is Always Open” If you are in an influential position, you have probably said words to the effect of “My door is always open.” You likely meant this declaration very genuinely. You might well … Continue reading Leadership and labels
Why We Believe Obvious Untruths How can so many people believe things that are demonstrably false? The question has taken on new urgency as the Trump administration propagates falsehoods about voter fraud, climate change and crime statistics that large swaths … Continue reading Knowledge is shared
50 Years Later, Heinz Approves Don Draper’s ‘Pass the Heinz’ Ads and Is Actually Running Them It was a compelling idea, even if the client wasn’t convinced at the time. Fifty years ago, in the fictional world of Mad Men, … Continue reading Pass the Heinz