September 2018

MECE (Mutually Exclusive Collectively Exhaustive)

MECE is a principle used by management consulting firms to describe a way of organizing information. The MECE principle suggests that to understand and fix any large problem, you need to understand your options by sorting them into categories that are: Mutually Exclusive– Items can only fit into one category at a time and Collectively Exhaustive [...]

The Most Strategic Decision of Your Life

The most strategic decision of your life will be deciding which people you allow into your life and which you ask to leave it. It will be which family members to be close to (and which to not). It will be whom you choose as friends (and whom you choose to no longer be friends [...]

How to Win Any Argument

The key to “winning” any argument is to recognize that some arguments not only can’t be won, but shouldn’t be “won.” Arguments take place in one of two contexts: Unimportant Relationship Important Relationship (Notice how the two categories are MECE… I couldn’t help myself. :) …) How you approach arguments in these situations can vary [...]

Even Bad People Have Good Ideas

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a dramatic decline in the number of conversations that involve critical reasoning and independent thinking. I’m very concerned by this trend. One obvious place this has occurred is in American politics. I have friends across the full spectrum of political beliefs. I am shocked at how many debates [...]