Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Have a Vague New Year!

Forget your intricate plans for success and go with something more fuzzy.

Have a Vague New Year!

Love this new study by researchers at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business

Called “In Praise of Vagueness: Malleability of Vague Information as a Performance Booster,” it'll make you rethink how you think about New Year's resolutions regarding weight loss, physical training and mental acuity.

The study's ottom line: Ditch your spreadsheet-laden game plans when it comes to succcess and go with something more fuzzy.

“That has long been the presumption, that people make the best decisions when they have the most accurate and precise information [about what determines success]," said Arul Misha, one of the astudys authors. 

"Actually, where it comes down to behavior, people do well when they have the ability to distort that information.”

So, Happy 2011, everyone. Distort away!



Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News Columnist
About this blog

When my phone rings here at the Daily News, nine times out of ten the caller begins the conversation with, “Yeah, so what happened was…”.

Because this is Philly, the caller doesn’t say, “My name is Bob” – or Mary – “and I wonder if I could have a moment of your time?” Philadelphians are too direct for that. They just say, “Yeah, so what happened was…”, and then tumble into a tale they think oughta be shared with a wider audience. I love getting these calls (even the ones where it becomes clear, after 30 seconds, where the caller sowed the seeds of his own misery), because they give me chance to connect with fellow citizens in a way that no other job allows. Well, okay, no other job for which I’m remotely qualified.

That’s why my blog is titled “So What Happened Was…”. To me, it’s the quintessentially Philly way of saying, “Once upon a time.” When I hear it, I know a good story is coming. And I can’t wait to see how it turns out.

Ronnie Polaneczky has been an award-winning columnist for The Philadelphia Daily News since 1999, offering a front-steps perspective on every aspect of city life, from the sublime to the stupid. In her past life, she was the editor-in-chief of Atlantic City Magazine, associate editor at Philadelphia Magazine and a fulltime freelancer published in Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Reader's Digest, Men's Health, MarieClaire and others. She lives with her husband, daughter and various pets in the city's Fairmount section, where she dreams of one day singing The National Anthem at an Eagles game. In addition to her column and blog, you can enjoy Ronnie's musings in podcast form here.


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