Anticipating the Worst

People make dumb decisions. Sometimes the decision isn’t really a decision at all, but simply a momentary loss of focus, like locking yourself out of the house when you take the dog for a walk. Sometimes what happens is more of an actual decision, but it’s impulsive,...

Naming the Number

A few years ago I was the chair of a nonprofit organization that was urgently raising money for a new building. As part of that effort I called an affluent donor and close friend named Bill. I explained the need, and I noted that the building was to be named after a...