December 5, 2013

 

Interview with Mark Eppler, author of the book Management Mess-Ups: 57 Pitfalls You Can Avoid (And Stories of Those Who Didn't)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Can you image a business losing a big account over 60 cents? It happened. 

 

Mark Eppler:
Well, this was a situation where a man came into the bank cashed a check, when he left he asked the receptionist to validate his parking ticket.
 


Mark Eppler


December 4, 2013

 

Interview with Art Markman, PhD, author of the book Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Changing any significant behavior like losing weight is hard - partly because we typically don’t have a plan.

 

Art Markman, PhD:
So if you don’t have a plan for how you’re going to change your behavior then invariably something comes up that’s going to get in your way. It could be a temptation like that wonderful ice cream setting itself in your path.
 


Art Markman PhD


December 3, 2013

 

Interview with Art Markman, PhD, author of the book Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you’ve ever tried to alter a habit or make some significant change in your life you know it can be difficult.

 


December 2, 2013

 

Interview with Donna Skeels Cygan, author of the book The Joy of Financial Security: The art and science of becoming happier, managing your money wisely, and creating a secure financial future.
www.joyoffinancialsecurity.com 

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Money may not buy happiness.

 

Donna Skeels Cygan:
But it most certainly impacts our happiness and I just wanted to come up with some strategies that people can use to help them with their finances as well as make them happier.
 


Donna Skeels Cygan


November 29, 2013

 

Interview with Kate Dailey of Men’s Health Magazine

 

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Mike Carruthers:
When men and women fight, men can sometime say things they should really never say.

 

Kate Dailey:
The first thing you should never say to a woman when you're having a fight is, "RELAX." Women hate to hear that because it feels like you are just writing them off. And that you're saying that their anger isn't justified.
 


Kate Dailey


November 28, 2013

 

Interview with Nancy Brennan,  Former Director of the Plimoth Plantation
www.plimoth.org

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
It's pretty clear from the evidence that the menu for the first Thanksgiving called for wild fowl.


Nancy Brennan:

We suspect that that means more than turkey. I bet there was a turkey on the table, but it was probably next to duck, geese, and other wild fowl of the season.
 


Nancy Brennan


November 27, 2013

 

Interview with Nancy Brennan,  Former Director of the Plimoth Plantation
www.plimoth.org

 

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Mike Carruthers: 
The first Thanksgiving was in 1621, but it did not become an annual holiday until after the Civil War.


Nancy Brennan:

President Lincoln, following the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, chose the fourth Thursday in November as a day to give thanks for general blessings, and that has, over time, become the national holiday we know today.
 


Nancy Brennan


November 26, 2013

 

Interview with Donald Wetmore, author of the book The Productivity Handbook: New ways of leveraging your time, information, and communications

 

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Mike Carruthers:
How productive you are depends in large part on how well you understand and use Parkinson's Law. 

 


Donald Wetmore:

 Which says, in part, that a project tends to expand with the time allocated for it. So, in other words if you only give yourself one thing to do today or tomorrow, it'll take you all day to do it.


Donald Wetmore


November 25, 2013

 

Interview with Lisa Gerstner, Associate Editor, Kiplinger’s

 

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Mike Carruthers:
As the holiday shopping season of 2013 gets into high gear there are some great new tools to help you save time and money - for instance the website dealnews.com.

 

Lisa Gerstner:
And what we really like about it is there’s kind of a personal touch there. Their editors spend their day looking for the best deals and they write commentary like, “This is the lowest price we’ve seen in months on this product” -so really good place to look for that kind of stuff.
 


Lisa Gerstner


November 22, 2013

 

Interview with Brian Wansink, Professor of Marketing & Nutritional Science, Cornell University

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Your supermarket is laid out in a very deliberate way. Produce on the side, dairy in the back, frozen food in the middle... it’s all to move you throughout the store and keep you there longer. Why? 


Brian Wansink, PhD:

The longer we end up lingering in a grocery store the more we end up buying. If the frozen foods, like the desserts and things initially met us as we walked in, we'd buy these things, but then we'd feel rushed through the rest of the store to kind of get out, before the stuff melted or spoiled.
 


Brian Wansink


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