Psychology of Change


"For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have."

— Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

August 22, 2012 ·


How the Elephant Changed My Life

I was a very serious kid. Once I knew I wanted something, I just did what I had to do to get it. The leadership training I got in Junior Achievement made a lot of sense: Set Goals. Write Them Down. Do Something Each Day to Achieve Your Goals. If You Can Dream It, You ... Read More »

December 28, 2010 ·

Psychology of Change

How the Elephant Changed My Life

Bring your right brain to work, please…

Daniel Pink makes a hard headed, fact based case for changing the way we think about motivation…Whoa! (Hint: Leave the carrots at home.)

November 10, 2010 ·

Psychology of Change

Get Motivated–if you can

Yesterday in Atlanta was a day-long “Get Motivated” seminar at the Georgie Dome, featuring General Colin Powell, Steve Forbes, Lou Holtz, Zig Ziglar, Rudy Giuliani, Goldie Hawn, and Bill Cosby, among others. I was expecting a bait-and-switch, but there was none–all the advertised speakers were there, and they were all good to great. Trying to ... Read More »

November 2, 2010 ·

Psychology of Change

Jump for Joy

This is one happy, motivated elephant. Short-term gratification? Maybe, but…This feels like long term joy to me.

October 27, 2010 ·

Psychology of Change

Switch: the Rider and the Elephant (A Book Report)

Ever since I read The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, I’ve been fascinated by the metaphor of the Rider and the Elephant. It’s a metaphor for the way our human brains work. The Rider is the analytical thinker, who uses language and logic, and understands long-term goals. The Elephant is the emotional thinker, who operates ... Read More »

October 4, 2010 ·

Book Report