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Dan Erwin
St Anthony, MN
Interests: opera, theater, water sports, hiking, reading, biking, skiing, chamber orchestra
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Keys to professional success have changed over the years. But recent research suggests that openness new experience is the contemporary key. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Being fully human means carrying a full bag of tools--some nice and some not-so-nice. Sometimes it requires serious power politics. Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Rethinking the supposed lost cause of voting. Eight strategies for identifying an actually credible politician. Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Not all questions are good questions and some questions don't really work. What's the difference? Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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It's rare to get conversational feedback in a black/white conversation. But it here it is, along with some useful skills. Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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How much is longevity a matter of genetics? A lot of self-awareness smarts? Or just plain luck? Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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How do you know the information you're getting is solid and the person has genuine expertise? Here are three ways to find out. Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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David Brooks' analysis of of GOP failure is seminal. To be read and reread. Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Interpersonal deception has a legitimate place in business and life, but caution is in order. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Words were originally magic. And though most don't recognize that fact, words can both create and destroy. They're still magic. Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Listening is highly complex. It is built on a process and also requires a level of content questioning. But listening accuracy can be enhanced significantly. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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My readers have made up their mind on my best blogs for 2021. Not much surprise--but very significant. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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What does it take to become a critical thinker? Prior to the relevant skills, 4 basic attitudes are necessary to support the skills. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2022 at Dan Erwin
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Being wrong doesn't mean that your life is at an end. It just means that you've learned something new. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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Collaboration is typically very difficult. How can it become easier and far more productive? One thing is we're going to have to let go of a lot intuitive thinking. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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So, did Sondheim prefer Judi Dench or Barbra Streisand? It really, really matters. Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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It's just not true that giving managers more data will make them better performers. Most managers are struggling to achieve a worthwhile return from big data's use. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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I'm angry--and I intend to stay angry. Anger can be positively motivating, liberating and protective--a healthy, controlling, internal script. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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What makes Trump's logic so influential? Here are six keys to effective persuasion. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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Does "pay attention and listen harder" really work? Nope! Actually, improved listening is built on other skills. Poor listeners are inevitably poor performers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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Rhetorical sensitivity makes for interpersonal success. The tools are available and learnable, and well worth learning. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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I thought learning more unique stuff about AI was why audiences read my blog on Moneyball. I now suspect that they're reading it because Jonah Hill has a lead role in the movie. It's the power of the celebrity culture. Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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Recent research suggests that problem formulation is the most underrated skill in business. That conclusion is the result of profound psych bias. The authors need to look at what's in front of their noses. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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International experience offers immediate growth. More than that, neuroscience reveals that it increases your fluid intelligence. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2021 at Dan Erwin
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People prediction is key to career success. And it's become a learnable technology. Mind-reading 101 is the first step to accurate reading. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2021 at Dan Erwin