Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Too much virtue = vice

People value their own reputation so much that they dislike the selfless because it makes them look bad.  The Economist, August 21, 2010, explains:

Too good to live

People hate generosity as much as they hate mean-spiritedness

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Exposing deceptive CEOs

If he avoids the word “I”, hesitates less and swears more, that CEO may be lying.  This and more essential tips for the shareholder from The Economist, August 21, 2010:

How to tell when your boss is lying

It’s not just that his lips are moving

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If you pray you won’t stray

Research shows that praying for your partner stops you from straying. Now if they could figure out what atheists should do to stay faithful…

From The Economist, August 28, 2010:

Faith and Faithfulness

Praying for your partner stops you straying

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How to get to the top

Jeffrey Pfeffer’s book, “Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t” is supposed to be partly a “how-to” guide to rising to the top. My favorite tip: there is no point at which flattery becomes ineffective.

Schumpeter of The Economist (September 11, 2010) explains:

The will to power

Why some people have power over companies and others don’t

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