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Men Are Both More and Less Intelligent Than Women

July 9, 2015 At a recent cocktail reception in Manhattan, a friend sketched two bell curves, one much wider than the other. The narrower one placed slightly to the right. He explained to me they represented the distribution of male and female intelligence. He speculated that male intelligence was the wider curve—the implication...

Shaping the Workforce You Need: Lessons From a Manufacturing Innovator

July 2, 2014 Shinola, a watch and leather goods maker, has done the impossible in its Detroit factory: cracked the code on how to skill up workers. Willie Holley is one of them. He used to be a security guard for the company. Two years ago, he asked if he could try making...

The Behavioral Economics Behind Americans’ Paltry Nest Eggs

January 13, 2014 I recently met a four-star general. He one of the most interesting people I’ve ever met, but instead of talking about himself he took a sincere interest in everyone around him. A self-described “econ-nerd”, he asked me many questions about my work helping people invest for retirement. I explained my...

Dispelling the Myth of the Left-Handed Genius

September 9, 2013 Ask left-handed people about their lot and they’ll probably tell you how special they are. They will list all of the famous and brilliant people who are left-hand dominant including every post-Cold War president (except George W. Bush), Joan of Arc and Michelangelo to name just a few. Up until...