What is strategical thinking?
A key leadership requirement.
Strategic thinking is an individual thinking activity that benefits organizations. Its purpose is to discover competitive strategies to position the organization significantly differently from the present.
Experiences contributing to the development of strategic thinking in order of importance according to a survey in individuals who attended ten educational events sponsored [...]
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Goldman E, Cahill T, & Filho RP. (2009) Experiences that develop the ability to think strategically. Journal of healthcare management / American College of Healthcare Executives, 54(6), 403. PMID: 20073185
This paper shows that people strive for round-number goals, showing evidence from Major League baseball players, high school students taking the SAT, and from laboratory subjects answering hypothetical surveys of behavior.As can be seen in the figure, baseball players are 4 times more likely to end the season with a 0.300 batting average than a 0.299 average! How does this happen? Players that are at 0.298 or 0.299 are more likely to have at-bats (rather than having a pinch hitter), they are sli........ Read more »
Pope D, & Simonsohn U. (2010) Round Numbers as Goals: Evidence From Baseball, SAT Takers, and the Lab. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 21148460
Being from Denmark myself, this Danish study caught my eye. It examines what is apparently an urban legend (they call it urban myth, though) in Denmark, namely that one can get drunk by submersing one's feet in alcohol.... Read more »
Hansen, C., Faerch, L., & Kristensen, P. (2010) Testing the validity of the Danish urban myth that alcohol can be absorbed through feet: open labelled self experimental study. BMJ, 341(dec14 2). DOI: 10.1136/bmj.c6812
Strange as it may seem, you can tell the the religious from the non-religious simply by looking at their photos. True, it's only a little better than chance, but it's a still an intriguing fact. Maybe, as this woman believes, people really can see the holy spirit glowing from within:
I ran into the TA whom I asked to speak on the Holy Ghost for my baptism. I was very excited to see him. There was this sense of ‘‘glow’’ from him, which I heard about many times yet never understood, like a........ Read more »
Rule NO, Garrett JV, & Ambady N. (2010) On the perception of religious group membership from faces. PloS one, 5(12). PMID: 21151864
The effect of the eruption of Sunset Crater Volcano on the prehistoric population of northern Arizona has long been a topic of interest to archaeologists. As I’ve mentioned recently, in the 1930s and 1940s Harold Colton of the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff came up with a theory to explain the settlement dynamics of [...]... Read more »
ORT, M., ELSON, M., ANDERSON, K., DUFFIELD, W., & SAMPLES, T. (2008) Variable effects of cinder-cone eruptions on prehistoric agrarian human populations in the American southwest. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 176(3), 363-376. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvolgeores.2008.01.031
Everything we do in life presents choices, and every choice presents a risk. Some activities present a high and obvious risk, like skiing a black diamond without a helmet. The inherent risks in more mundane activities may be well-documented, yet so subtle, that we choose to ignore them on a day-to-day basis…like eating seafood.
This week, the . . . → Read More: Sunday Spill Special: Seafood Safety, Part 1... Read more »
Yader, R., Michel, J., & Lord, C. (2002) Managing Seafood Safety after an Oil Spill. Seattle: Hazardous Materials Response Division, Office of Response and Restoration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. info:other/http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/book_shelf/963_seafood2.pdf
Kingston, P. 1999. (1999) Recovery of the marine environment following the Braer spill, Shetland. Proceed- ings 1999 Oil Spill Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 8-11, 103-109. info:/
Law, R., & Hellou, J. (1999) Contamination of Fish and Shellfish Following Oil Spill Incidents. Environmental Geosciences, 6(2), 90-98. DOI: 10.1046/j.1526-0984.1999.08039.x
The Ocean Sunfish (Mola Mola) is an unusual looking fish that holds the world's record for heaviest bony fish.... Read more »
Pope, E., Hays, G., Thys, T., Doyle, T., Sims, D., Queiroz, N., Hobson, V., Kubicek, L., & Houghton, J. (2010) The biology and ecology of the ocean sunfish Mola mola: a review of current knowledge and future research perspectives. Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries, 20(4), 471-487. DOI: 10.1007/s11160-009-9155-9
Konow, N., Fitzpatrick, R., & Barnett, A. (2006) Adult Emperor angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator) clean Giant sunfishes (Mola mola) at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia. Coral Reefs, 25(2), 208-208. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-006-0086-9
I was reading James’ post on Saturday Night Palsy and thought about having a closer look.Saturday night palsy occurs due pressure on the radial nerve by keeping the arm over the handle of a chair or in some unusual position while sleeping, usually following heavy drinking. The palsy occurs due to injury to the radial nerve in the radial groove of the humerus (bone of the arm).... Read more »
Devitt, B., Baker, J., Ahmed, M., Menzies, D., & Synnott, K. (2010) Saturday night palsy or Sunday morning hangover? A case report of alcohol-induced Crush Syndrome. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. DOI: 10.1007/s00402-010-1098-z
An artificial wetland in central Florida greatly improved municipal and industrial wastewater quality for at least 18 months.... Read more »
Lazareva, O., & Pichler, T. (2010) Long-term performance of a constructed wetland/filter basin system treating wastewater, Central Florida. Chemical Geology, 269(1-2), 137-152. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.06.006
The case for the end... Read more »
So, in the world of population genetics, as in the real world, people are often interested in diversity, and in how that diversity is distributed. In biological contexts, quantifying these things is important because it gives us insight into the processes – like reproduction, migration, selection, etc. – responsible for generating the observed patterns of diversity.
Here I look at how racial diversity is apportioned among counties (or county equivalents) in each of the 50 states, using two ........ Read more »
JOST, L. (2008) GST and its relatives do not measure differentiation . Molecular Ecology, 17(18), 4015-4026. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2008.03887.x
I would never have thought this was a real thing until I found references for it detailing a number of cases.
Saturday Night Palsy, also known as Radial Neuropathy, is caused by getting rip roaringly drunk and falling asleep in an unusual position such that the radial nerve is compressed. Most commonly this happens when the patient falls asleep with one arm over the back of a chair putting pressure on the radial nerve, which runs alongside the inside of the arm, by compressing the brachial plex........ Read more »
Marchini C, Zambito Marsala S, Cavagna E, & Ferracci F. (2007) Saturday night brachial plexus palsy. Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology, 28(5), 279-81. PMID: 17972044
Sathornsumetee S, & Morgenlander JC. (2006) Friday night palsy: an unusual case of brachial plexus neuropathy. Clinical neurology and neurosurgery, 108(2), 191-2. PMID: 16412841
I got some good news the other day that my paper Evolution of elongation factor G and the origins of mitochondrial and chloroplast forms" has been accepted for publication in Molecular Biology and Evolution. Today it was published in an advance access format. Elongation factor G (EF-G) is a bacterial GTPase translation factor that binds to the ribosome and catalyses the movement of aminoacyl-tRNA from the A site to the P site (translocation). It also has a second function in ribosome re........ Read more »
Atkinson GC, & Baldauf SL. (2010) Evolution of elongation factor G and the origins of mitochondrial and chloroplast forms. Molecular biology and evolution. PMID: 21097998
Doolittle, W. (1999) Phylogenetic Classification and the Universal Tree. Science, 284(5423), 2124-2128. DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5423.2124
How do you make an bioinformatician with particular interest in protein functional evolution happy? By testing their functional predictions experimentally. Well, that's that's what makes this particular bioinformatician happy anyway! In 2008, I had a paper out with Vasili Hauryliuk on the evolution of the Hbs1/eRF3/Ski7 and eRF1/Dom34 protein families, which was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology. eRF3 and Hbs1 belong to the EF1 family of translational GTPases. They orginated from a dup........ Read more »
Atkinson GC, Baldauf SL, & Hauryliuk V. (2008) Evolution of nonstop, no-go and nonsense-mediated mRNA decay and their termination factor-derived components. BMC evolutionary biology, 290. PMID: 18947425
Todays paper of the week is from the late summer of 1999. Better still, is from the University of California... Late 90s, late summer, California - this all sounds marvelous. I really like papers which start with a question you never thought existed, but it turnes out that it is immediately interesting and even you want to know the answer. So the question here is: what is the maximal possible affinity of a ligand?The approach of Kuntz and colleagues is simple: they search the literature and plot........ Read more »
Wupatki is a very dry place even by the standards of the Southwest, with annual precipitation averaging about 8 inches. Human habitation in such an arid landscape is therefore highly dependent on capturing as much available moisture as possible. It appears that the prehistoric inhabitants took advantage of the volcanic ash laid down over the [...]... Read more »
Injuries are most likely to be perceived as “acts of fate”, but they depend on the same determinants as other health factors: individual behavior, social and physical environment. The likelihood of injuries - unintentional ones and those caused by acts of violence - can be computed from physical location, gene-environment interactions, prior medical history, and physical traits. There are many ways to prevent injuries - just say "no" to risky behaviors, wear preventative gear while p........ Read more »
Swanenburg J, de Bruin ED, Uebelhart D, & Mulder T. (2010) Falls prediction in elderly people: a 1-year prospective study. Gait , 31(3), 317-21. PMID: 20047833
Scientists have NYU have advanced our understanding of basic neuroscience by observing that GABA interneurons in the neocortex are co-expressed with serotonin receptors. There is great therapeutic potential behind this discovery because GABA interneurons modulate the strength of excitatory and inhibitory signaling of the neuron-types projecting onto these interneurons.... Read more »
SooHyun Lee,1,2,3,4 * Jens Hjerling-Leffler,1,4 * Edward Zagha,1,2,3 Gord Fishell,1,4 and Bernardo Rudy. (2010) The Largest Group of Superficial Neocortical GABAergic Interneurons Expresses Ionotropic Serotonin Receptors. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(50), 16796-16808. info:/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1869-10.2010
A relatively small proportion of prescription drugs, particularly those which influence dopamine or serotonin levels, clearly induce thoughts or acts of violence in the user.... Read more »
Moore, T. J., Glenmullen, J., & Furberg, C. D. (2010) Prescription Drugs Associated with Reports of Violence Towards Others. PLoS ONE, 5(12). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0015337
This week's theme is epistemological unease in the sciences: Complaints in a number of disciplines that studies didn't really find the effects they're reporting. One reason for these worries is that many studies nowadays are never repeated. So today I'm going to consciously and rationally resist ...Read More
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Phillips, D., Kanter, E., Bednarczyk, B., & Tastad, P. (1991) Importance of the Lay Press in the Transmission of Medical Knowledge to the Scientific Community. New England Journal of Medicine, 325(16), 1180-1183. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199110173251620
Markey, P., & Markey, C. (2010) Changes in pornography-seeking behaviors following political elections: an examination of the challenge hypothesis. Evolution and Human Behavior, 31(6), 442-446. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2010.06.004
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