Jerry Mergen

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When It’s Safe to Rely on Intuition (and When It’s Not)

We often use mental shortcuts (heuristics) to make decisions. There is simply too much information coming at us from all directions, and too many decisions that we need to make from moment to moment, to think every single one through a long and detailed analysis. While this can sometimes backfire, …

Introverts, Extroverts, and the Complexities of Team Dynamics

Let’s start with a short personality test. For each of the following dimensions, indicate the extent to which each of the following words describes you, with a 5 indicating “very much so” and a 1 indicating “not at all”: assertive, talkative, bold, not reserved, and energetic. Now sum up your …

Everyone's opinions are fatiguing after a while – even your own

It’s tiring to lug around your armor of spurious competence and exhausting to weather a swarm of weigh-ins from everyone else<p>If you’ve ever wanted to throw your computer away rather than express or read another take on the same subject, congratulations: you have opinion fatigue.<p>This phenomenon is …

Why Restaurants Don’t Seat Incomplete Parties

“I’m sorry, but we don’t seat incomplete parties.”<p>We’ve all heard a version of this phrase at restaurants, from fine dining establishments to casual, …

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A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Editor's Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is Terrible: Here’s a …

“Because Marissa Said So” — Yahoos Bristle at Mayer’s QPR Ranking System and “Silent Layoffs”

According to a multitude of top-ranking posts on an anonymous internal message board used by Yahoo to vent their frustrations to top staff, employees …

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Nate Silver Predicts That You, Too, Can Be A Data Master

The Web’s greatest prognosticator believes that you–yes, you–can learn to be data literate, if you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty.<p>Everybody has a crush on Nate Silver.<p>The statistician-author-blogger calls elections and awards with titillating accuracy–and from what he’s said before, …

Visualizing Trouble

Many technologies and forms of communication experience a painful, necessary moment. Synthesizers endured A Flock of Seagulls. The internet had its GeoCities moment. And now data visualization has given us charts like the first one below, which comes from a site called JobVine.<p>It’s colorful, and it …

Trust: The Currency Of Leadership

The other day, a colleague invited me to teach a session in a leadership development program he was running for 30 senior executives from one of our client organizations. He launched the session with a provocative question: Who are three people you trust the most in your life currently, and …