Author Archives: Ryo

Why Working Fewer Days/Hours is Better for Everyone

A lot has happened since John Maynard Keynes predicted in 1930 that a century later, we would be working only 15 hours a week. He may have made this calculation on expected output in relation to increasing productivity, but he must … Continue reading

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Are You a National or a Global Citizen?

A recent poll looked at the opinions of 20,000 people in 18 countries around the world regarding self-perceptions of citizenship. It showed that a significant amount of people – more than half – agreed that they consider themselves as “global citizens” more than … Continue reading

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It’s Harder for Religious People to Tell Fact from Fiction

When I wrote the article “Should Parents Tell Their Kids ‘The Truth’ About Santa?” three and a half years ago, I argued that most children whose parents allow them to believe are giving them a potentially important opportunity to learn. … Continue reading

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Disruptive Technology and Corporate Karate

“Disruptive technology” – a term I dislike, coined by Harvard professor Clayton Christensen in 1995 – refers to an innovation that is generally meant to provide more financially accessible alternatives to well-established products, in order to gain market share. As Christensen and … Continue reading

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Corporate Governance, and the Stakeholder vs. Shareholder Model

Corporate governance is not a term that comes up in everyday conversation, but it is a very informative concept to know. Corporate governance refers to how a corporation is governed. This entails who owns and controls the company, and how it … Continue reading

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Understanding ‘Labour Market Flexibility’ Should Matter to You

If you’re someone who wants to work to support yourself (i.e. basically everyone), then the labour market is important for you to understand. Just like the “supply and demand” of products in a market, the supply and demand of labour … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Leadership

“So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, And guided them with his skillful hands.” –Psalm 78:72 Leaders have surfaced in stories and historical records since the invention of writing. No matter what period, mankind has had … Continue reading

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The Easiest and Hardest Languages to Learn

Some languages you can get the hang of, some languages are pretty tough, and some languages are downright difficult. …And then there are those special few, those ridiculously complex ones, that take so long to master, that you’re pretty much … Continue reading

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Best Business Schools Everywhere in the World (2015-2016)

There are lots of sites that have this information, but they require that you click through 25 times to get the information you want. I solved that problem. This article is not about a ranking. It is a list of schools … Continue reading

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What Really Happened to Phineas Gage? – Psychology’s Most Famous Case Study

If you have ever studied psychology, you probably know the name “Phineas Gage.” He was an American railway worker whose life changed dramatically on September 13, 1848. He was removing rocks so a railway to be laid, which sometimes requires drilling holes into the … Continue reading

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