without bullshit https://withoutbullshit.com Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:34:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 The battle of the shifting base: why only zombies can have a tenfold decrease in mortality https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-battle-of-the-shifting-base-why-only-zombies-can-have-a-tenfold-decrease-in-mortality https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/the-battle-of-the-shifting-base-why-only-zombies-can-have-a-tenfold-decrease-in-mortality#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2020 14:34:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10403 Beware percentages of increase and decrease. They don’t behave in an intuitive way — because of the “battle of the shifting base.” According to a tweet by our president, we’ve had “A Tenfold Decrease In Mortality” from COVID-19. While there’s a lot wrong with this tweet — here’s a fact check on why the statement … Continued

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What leaders do https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-leaders-do https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-leaders-do#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:36:21 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10399 I’ve had the privilege of working for some amazing leaders — and having helped elect a few, too. Here are some personal observations about what leaders do. The best leader I ever worked for was George Colony, the founder and CEO of Forrester Research, where I worked for 20 years. He wasn’t perfect and I … Continued

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What to do when your book agent ghosts, rejects, or dumps you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-to-do-when-your-book-agent-ghosts-rejects-or-dumps-you https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/what-to-do-when-your-book-agent-ghosts-rejects-or-dumps-you#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 14:53:03 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10394 You finally got a literary agent to engage about your book proposal. Now they’re no longer getting back to you and things are stalled. How can you move forward? The first thing you need to accept is that, as friendly as agents may seem, they are transactional by nature, because they only get paid if … Continued

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Facebook pollutes discourse. Nick Clegg bloviating can’t change that. https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/facebook-pollutes-discourse-nick-clegg-bloviating-cant-change-that https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/facebook-pollutes-discourse-nick-clegg-bloviating-cant-change-that#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:21:35 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10390 Facebook’s advertisers are bolting — check out the activity on the #StopHateForProfit hashtag. The company’s VP of Communications, Nick Clegg, says Facebook is doing a good job stopping hate and doesn’t profit from it. Is his defense believable? I wrote about this on Monday and published an op-ed in the Boston Globe about it today. … Continued

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Doing well by doing good https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/doing-well-by-doing-good https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/doing-well-by-doing-good#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 14:56:17 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10385 I’m on track for a very good year in a very bad year. How did I get here? By helping people that need help — and saying “yes” as much as possible. This is a terrible year for many of us. Some of our friends are sick, and many of us have lost our jobs. … Continued

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1912: The most bizarre election of the Twentieth Century https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/1912-the-most-bizarre-election-of-the-twentieth-century https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/1912-the-most-bizarre-election-of-the-twentieth-century#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 18:17:26 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10377 In 2016, the first woman from a major party to run for president faced off against a businessman who’d never held office. That was an unusual election. But the election of 1912 was ever stranger. What happened in 1912 will never be repeated The two-party system is an entrenched part of American politics. Whenever a … Continued

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Why Zuckerberg reversed course: it wasn’t just the boycotts https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-zuckerberg-reversed-course-it-wasnt-just-the-boycotts https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/why-zuckerberg-reversed-course-it-wasnt-just-the-boycotts#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2020 13:55:06 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10373 Boycotts rarely work. But in the face of advertiser boycotts, Facebook just did a U-turn on its policy on labelling or blocking presidential posts. The cause and effect here is a lot more complex than it appears. As recently as the beginning of June, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the right decision on presidential posts, … Continued

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Goldman Sans: A font with control issues https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/goldman-sans-a-font-with-control-issues https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/goldman-sans-a-font-with-control-issues#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2020 15:45:16 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10367 Goldman Sachs, the global financial firm, has released a new font style, “Goldman Sans,” that is designed for clarity, especially in financial documents. The font comes with a license that tells you what you can and can’t do with it; for example, you can’t use the font to disparage Goldman Sachs. That’s bullshit. Here’s an … Continued

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“Transportation Transformation” is the definitive book on the future of mobility https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/transportation-transformation-is-the-definitive-book-on-the-future-of-mobility https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/transportation-transformation-is-the-definitive-book-on-the-future-of-mobility#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2020 16:31:40 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10361 Evangelos Simoudis has seen the future of transportation. His new book Transportation Transformation: How Autonomous Mobility Will Fuel New Value Chains is the most insightful analysis of the future of transportation that you’ll ever read. Simoudis created this text based on exhaustive research over a period of years and connections with some of the most … Continued

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Should you author a “For Dummies” book? https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/should-you-author-a-for-dummies-book https://withoutbullshit.com/blog/should-you-author-a-for-dummies-book#comments Wed, 24 Jun 2020 13:23:10 +0000 https://withoutbullshit.com/?p=10350 If you hope to write a book and get it traditionally published, one option is to write for an established publishing franchise, like Wiley’s “For Dummies” series. If you’re a fast writer and are ready to follow the series format and instructions carefully, it’s one of the quickest ways to get yourself into print. To … Continued

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