How Banks Turn Trust into Cash

The economics of deposits, loans, and the money multiplier Photo by Aditya Vyas on Unsplash You may have heard a variation of this story before: Alice, an author, deposits a $100 check she received as an advance for her next book in the bank. Brandon Baker takes that $100 out as a loan from the... Continue Reading →

The First Global Immunization Campaign

Francisco Xavier de Balmis and his twenty-two orphans’ vaccine expedition Image: Francisco Pérez, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons It is said that King Carlos IV of Spain may have made the decision to send Francisco Javier de Balmis on the Royal Philanthropic Vaccine Expedition of 1803 with his broken heart. Carlos’ beloved daughter Maria Teresa... Continue Reading →

Is Zoom Fatigue a Thing?

How remote work drained me of energy and how I fixed it Photo by Niklas Hamman - Unsplash I’m introvert, and verily so. A test puts me at three standard deviations above the average person in introversion. If accurate, that would mean that I am more introverted than 99.7% of all the people who took... Continue Reading →

To Become a Good Writer

Be bad at many other things first Photo: Laura Chouette - Unsplash The better I got at the viola, the worse I realized I was, says comedian John Oliver to Stephen Colbert in this interview. I know the feeling, brother. If life is a case study in ironies, it is no surprise that comics can... Continue Reading →

Building the Company of the Future

How Amazon and WordPress built their success on good writing Photo by Kaleidico on Unsplash Jeff Bezos has added 70 billion dollars to his fortune since the start of the pandemic. While this is no doubt to no small degree thanks to the economics of the markets in which Amazon operates, it is also worthwhile to point out... Continue Reading →

Embrace Stress, Reject Anxiety

For better performance in the socially-distanced workplace Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash After experiencing consecutive waves of adoption of remote working practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by the organizations that I work with, I detected an undercurrent of stress and anxiety developing among many of their employees. It is now becoming clear how we may have... Continue Reading →

Rituals for Better Remote Work

How to prime your mind and body to form a habit of high performance Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash In the late 1990s, Alyxandra Savage was counseling heroin misuse clients when she discovered that as soon as they started applying the tourniquet and heating the spoon to dissolve the heroin powder to self-administer the... Continue Reading →

Your Team Stepped Up Amid the Pandemic. What Now?

It is time to invest in people’s mental wellbeing Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash Since COVID-19 hit, organizations have been scrambling to pandemic-proof operations. The focus has, understandably, been on crisis management and ensuring business continuity. Profits, the global economy, and the livelihoods of billions of people were at stake. If the stock market is any indication... Continue Reading →

Slogan or Movement

Defund the Police: Lessons for marketing, politics, and life “Defund the Police” by Taymaz Valley is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The Defund the Police movement advocates for many changes in the US Justice System. While the degree to which each one of its policy proposals needs to be implemented can be debated, there is... Continue Reading →

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