A VC outlines common reasons for shoddy thinking beyond the classics like stupidity, laziness, and arrogance

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Photo: Kelly Sikkema

By Jessica Stillman

No one gets up in the morning and says, ‘Today I am going to make a ton of bad decisions.’ All of us strive to avoid dumbs calls and unforced errors. We police ourselves for stupidity, laziness, and arrogance. If we’re smart, we even keep an eye out for the many biases that afflict the human brain.

Yet we still all sometimes make bad decisions. Why?

There may be as many answers to that question as there are human frailties, but according to one VC, some causes of dumb decisions pop up more frequently than others. On the blog of his firm recently, Morgan Housel outlined some of the most common ways he sees smart people go wrong in their thinking, beyond the obvious offenders like greed and fear of failure. …

Jeremiah Emmanuel talks about his journey from homelessness to advisor to global companies

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Jeremiah Emmanuel and his mother, Esther Daniel after being awarded a BEM for services to Young People and the community in London in the New Year Honours list. Photo: David Mirzoeff/PA Images via Getty Images

By Remy Blumenfeld

Many entrepreneurs have had to overcome challenges in early life. Few have faced the kind of challenges faced by Jeremiah Emmanuel, the founder of EMNL, a consultancy firm that advises brands like Rolls Royce, Nike & Virgin on how to engage with Gen Z, allowing young people to generate ideas, or solve problems within marketing, consumer output, and campaigns. …

Overwork is common, especially at higher pay grades, but is it really helping? It turns out it’s doing the opposite — and the best way to stop it is to rethink work-life balance.

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Photo: Miguel Ángel Hernández

By Jeff Steen

On a recent visit to Seattle, I was talking to a small business owner about entrepreneurial challenges. What surfaced was a mixture of HR woes and resource nightmares. Not enough good talent, too much turn-over, no time to create a strong training program. The list goes on. There was one topic that seemed to dominate the conversation, however: work-life balance.

Increasingly, young workers want to maintain a personal life that is sacred, unquestionably separate from work. No more toil-to-the-bone weeks; work should start no sooner than 8 am and end no later than 5pm.

This is no revelation in modern media; big names like The New York Times have written about this trend ad nauseam as Millennials and Gen Z-ers enter the workforce. …


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