Hi, I’m Lon

I like to write about leadership, decision-making, and relationships

I made my career through building teams that deliver services and products in various industries, including healthcare, finance, and business. More..

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  • 3 Quick Lessons on Leadership
    I’ve worked in multiple leadership positions within my company for the past 8 years. From managing a single team and up to 21 teams at a time, it’s been a humbling and gratifying learning experience. Being able to learn about people and how to get team results is a gift I’m extremely thankful for, andContinue reading “3 Quick Lessons on Leadership”
  • The Self-Improvement Trap
    “The Power of Tiny Gains” James Clear, author of the NYT’s best seller “Atomic Habits”, has done an amazing job inspiring and helping people change their lives by showing them how to develop good habits. It’s built upon the basis of improving 1% every day. “If you get one percent better each day for oneContinue reading “The Self-Improvement Trap”
  • The Minority Rule and Social Media
    A small human in a big world We are the same species of primates that lived in tribes of hunters and gatherers. When there was a problem with one of our tribes-people, we solved it as a tribe. We used to have only a small amount of problems and information to process and filter. ThenContinue reading “The Minority Rule and Social Media”
  • Mismatched Motivations
    Why you’re unmotivated We spend our days striving – gunning for that promotion, gambling for likes, chasing the dollar, subtly peacocking for attention, and playing stupid games with others. All for the things WE want… right? We don’t spend enough time thinking about our genuine desires – what they are and why we have them.Continue reading “Mismatched Motivations”
  • Self-Improvement: The Great Fraud
    The Cycle We’re addicted to self-improvement. Every time we reach our intended goal, we set another. We fill ourselves up with inspiration, optimism, and hope as we take the next step forward. We encounter pain and struggle, then come out victorious. We’re elated. We feel the satisfaction of reaching the goal and are paid inContinue reading “Self-Improvement: The Great Fraud”
  • How to Win Friends and Arguments
    Effective leaders, happy couples, and strong families – what makes them different? Fragility and Relationships It’s not the everyday small talk, collaborative problem-solving, or fun times that build strong relationships. These say nothing about the relationship’s fragility. It’s what happens when the relationship is tested. All relationships are tested with time. Shocks are bound toContinue reading “How to Win Friends and Arguments”
  • Decision-Making and The Ludic Fallacy
    Let’s play a game. See this coin? This coin has an equal chance of landing heads or tails. We start flipping the coin and recording the results. After 100 flips, we have 99 heads. What is the probability that the next flip will be heads? Doctor Joe, proudly wearing his shirt and tie, says “50Continue reading “Decision-Making and The Ludic Fallacy”
  • The Fragility of Efficient Teams
    I was stunned. On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization tweeted “There is no reason for measures that unnecessarily interfere with intl. travel and trade.” The news of the virus ravaging Wuhan, China did not show enough “evidence” for the WHO to take any action, exposing the world to systemic risk. This was theContinue reading “The Fragility of Efficient Teams”
  • A Cold Person’s Guide to Building Empathy
    Throughout my career, I have worked with hundreds of leaders and have found a common theme. Though many do well, some work way too hard for the same results. The amount of pressure they apply isn’t equal to the output. Working hard is overrated. Everyone works hard. What matters most is good decision-making and leverage. Continue reading “A Cold Person’s Guide to Building Empathy”
  • Deciding on Emotion
    You can’t survive without emotion A common theme in our world is to “ignore your emotions”, especially when it comes to making decisions. I’ve heard it constantly in business, games, and life. They say that emotions cloud your judgment and are “irrational”. There’s truth to that. We all have a memory where we made anContinue reading “Deciding on Emotion”
  • How to Get Results with Your Team
    Multi-layered habits The best leaders I have met have a systematic way of consistently achieving their goals. Over the years, I have come across a lot of different planning and execution tools. One tool that I consistently use is something called the leadership wheel. Baking the steps into a list of habits that you consistentlyContinue reading “How to Get Results with Your Team”

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