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Unlearning the Running Rules

Posted in Advertising, Business, Culture, Games, General, Sports, Unlearn Strategy

Exactly one month from today I will be running in the Twin Cities Marathon. It is my hope that I will run  fast enough to qualify for the Boston Marathon. To help meet this goal, I have been running between 40-50 miles per week. I feel sufficiently good about my training and am confident that I'll…

How Can People (and Businesses) Unlearn

Posted in Anti-Library, Business, Creativity, Culture, Education, General, History, Innovation, Jump the Curve, Sports, Stories, Unlearn Strategy

Yesterday, I wrote this post entitled "Why Businesses Must Unlearn." Shortly thereafter a thoughtful reader posed this question: "I like this idea of an organization doing some top-down "unlearning" of bad habits. But what new habits do they develop and put in place — how do you get a seasoned exec that's devoted to a…

Unlearning Bubbles

Posted in Investing, Quotes, Real Estate, Religion, Religious, Retail, Robotics, Sales, Science, Software, Sports, Stories, Telecommunications, Television, Terrorism, Transportation, Travel, Utility, Virtual reality, Web 2.0, Web/Tech, Weblogs, Wind Power, Wireless, Zenzizenzizenzic

The Internet, the real estate market, fuel cell technology, nanotechnology and, now, "clean tech" have all experienced an investing "bubble." In retrospect, it is easy to point to signs that the market was inflating to dangerous levels. It is even easier to suggest that such bubbles are a bad thing — precisely because so many…

Don’t Let it Slide

Posted in Games, General, Humor, Sports

Last night my baseball team, the Minnesota Twins, defeated the Chicago White Sox 7-6 in a stunning come-from-behind victory to grab sole possession of first place in the American Central Division. The player who scored the winning run was Nick Punto. One of Punto’s more interesting habits is that he often slides head-first into first…

Unlearn Your Putting Game

Posted in Business, Games, General, Sports, Travel

I’m not a golfer, but I thought I knew enough about the game to know that you’re suppose to keep your head still when putting. Well, according to this fascinating article, the trick may not be in keeping your head from moving; rather, it be in training your head to move in an egocentric manner….

If You Want to Win: Practice Your Unlearning Game

Posted in Algorithms, Analogy, Culture, Games, History, Sports, Stories

On December 30, 1936, over 17,000 fans packed into the old Madison Square Garden to watch Long Island University, the country’s top-ranked basketball team, take on Stanford. It was slated to be a great game. Long Island was putting up its 43-game winning streak up against the reigning Pacific Coast Conference champions. More than that,…

Unlearning Barriers

Posted in Analogy, Culture, General, History, Sports, Stories

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. Although it is a myth that physiologists considered the barrier physically impossible, what is interesting to consider is this: By 1957 another 16 runners had also accomplished the feat. In other words, it does appear the sub…

Why Not Granny Style?

Posted in Current Affairs, Games, General, Humor, Sports

Rick Barry, professional basketball’s most accurate lifetime free-throw shooter (90 percent), shot the ball "granny" style. It is interesting to consider why no professional basketball players currently utilize a similar approach. My hunch is that most players refuse to even consider the style due to peer pressure or because they think it looks "silly." This…


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