Treat others how we should, not how we can

I’ve been musing lately how we often treat others how we can, not how we should.

For example, how likely are we to be punctual and prepared for a meeting with a direct report? Contrast that answer with our behavior for a meeting with the CEO.

Treating others how we should isn’t just for the altruistic either. Who has the largest impact on our success, direct reports or the CEO? Think about it.


Accidentally misleading visualizations

Today I saw a figure posted on Nate Silver’s website that is a good example of an accidentally misleading visualization. The intended point of the chart is that most men in Glamour Magazine have some form of facial hair.

Instead, what immediately comes across is that most men in Glamour Magazine are clean-shaven. The figure forces the reader to first group facial hair categories before it becomes obvious that most men maintain some form of facial hair.

Here are a couple of different approaches I think are better. By listing the facial hair categories first and using color to help the reader group them, figure A requires minimal changes to the original visualization. Figure B groups the facial hair categories to show that clean-shaven is in fact in the minority. Figure C adds color to really emphasize that the comparison is between facial hair and clean-shaven. In figures B and C I think that the numbers are optional.

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Facilitating feedback and improving learning

This is an app idea I came up with to improve student learning.

Students, who are the customers of education, have little input. Teachers, who heavily influence student learning, lack the data to improve teaching. Administrators, who can promote change, have little information.

The auris app is designed to facilitate feedback and serve as a powerful tool to empower students, enable teachers, and inform administrators.

What do you think? Anyone want to help me build the app?