What is obesity? There is one camp that views it as a disease, like proponents of the American Medical Association’s stance on the issue. Others see it more as a “risk factor,” an intermediary that predisposes someone to associated diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Then there are others who fall […]Read more "Obesity isn’t a behavior: let’s stop framing it as such"
There’s a prolific management saying, “Don’t bring me problems; bring me solutions.” Leaders or managers want information they can act on. They want to fix the problem. And they want a script or playbook on how to make it happen. But a laser-like focus on solutions only helps when applied to a well-understood problem. If […]Read more "The danger of solution-focused thinking"
Several years ago, when I was still working in Washington DC, a well-known media and communications consultant reminded me of a fundamental distinction: There’s a big difference between facts and the Truth. Facts are malleable. We contort them and sequence them in just the right way. We decide which facts to consider and which we […]Read more "Facts or truth"
Enter the echo chamber. New options “emerge” based on our previous decisions or associations. On Amazon, a set of recommended products appear underneath the product we’re currently looking at. On Netflix, a list of recommended movies appear based on previous titles we’ve watched in the past. On Facebook, suggested news articles or posts appear on our […]Read more "We can’t just listen to people we agree with"
Whether policy or programs, “evidence-based” is the mantra. In a wide range of disciplines, many would go as far to say that evidence-based is fundamental. It “helps nations bring about meaningful reforms and policy improvements that, in turn, can increase government accountability and facilitate performance-based budgeting and management,” as articulated by the World Bank. In […]Read more "Why “evidence-based” is meaningless and we should stop using it"
A week ago I attended my first Bat Mitzvah (I grew up Catholic). It was a special weekend. The event was for a longtime family friend of my wife’s. While in Washington, DC, my wife and I lived in the same part of town. My wife babysat for the family for all six of the years we […]Read more "The most courageous thing a leader can do"
Any time a current or past president makes comments about health my ears perk up. Health doesn’t always enjoy such a prominent spot in the limelight compared to issues like jobs and the economy. But there is one health issues that’s attracted the attention and political muscle of the current President, and former President Bill […]Read more "A lesson in spinning health facts from a past president"