A fascinating area of (ir)rationality is recruitment. I recently rediscovered my notes from
Much of this has been written about extensively, but is worth a reminder. The evidence they focus on primarily comes from 20 years of research by professor Allen Huffcutt. He states that the typical job interview is unstructured, and easy to compare with a first date. However, these tend not be to very successful Continue reading “The Recruitment Interview”
When thinking about nutrition the default tends to be the relationship between nutrition and weight loss – it is typically a desire or motivation to eat less, which materializes through a diet routine. The motivation for, and benefits from, a ‘better’ diet is therefore associated with weight loss, rather than the consequences of a healthy daily dietary routine itself.
This seems rational – Continue reading “Nutritional Nudges – the Why?”
Why knowledge, by itself, is not very effective for behavior change
A picture says a thousand words. This is the often referred to example of why knowledge, by itself, is not very effective in behavior change. Evidence of the devastating impact of smoking on nurses is captured by the team at UCLA in the well known Nurses Health study. There are many other great insights on why education (knowledge) in isolation is not effective in facilitating behavior change. It’s a pristine lesson in (ir)rationality. Continue reading “Good in concept, bad in practice”
The problem with survey data is that it often times focus on a specific issue in absence of the full picture. I recently revisited Aon’s 2016 retirement and investment survey, summarized well in this infographic, stating Expanding financial well-being is the top employer initiative for 2016. Continue reading “Half the picture?”
My 5 year old son recently asked this question of my wife. She promptly reflected the question back to him, and was astounded by the answer: “Because God wanted a fast cat!”.
It is great to be reminded by a 5 year old how simplicity trumps complexity. Fast thinking on this suggests 99 out of 100 times!
In this heleo conversation Barry Swartz shares an important lesson he learned the hard way about the importance of grades at college and what happens in the absence of grade variation. In effect, and unfortunately, grades have become the ‘why’ of learning.
The moral risk with traditional incentive structures is that inevitably people find ways to meet the incentives without fully doing the work required.This idea was well captured by Steven Kerr in his updated 1995 paper Continue reading “The why? of work”
Consider lotteries for college application and how that will improve happiness at a high school level (plus likely cultivate more rounded students).
One Word: Lottery?
Barry Swartz was subsequently quoted on heleo saying: Continue reading “Lotteries (and happiness)”