September 25, 2018

Working with risk is complicated. If you work in law enforcement or the military, you’ve got spreadsheets and computers and checklists to help you with risks. If you work in finance, you’ve got algorithms to help you make good decisions about risk. If you’re an entrepr...

May 29, 2018

I was consulting for a large company. The project was to tie the company’s data and analytics to their decision-making in a particular area. They had tried to do it several times before but hadn’t been able to make it work. They were desperate to get it right, so I had...

March 29, 2018

The Data-Analysis-Decision-Action process in A Spy’s Guide To Thinking isn’t static. It isn’t something you do one time. It’s born from Boyd’s OODA Loop.

As a loop, you cycle through the DADA process as many times as you can. After you act, you observe the results. You...

February 18, 2018

Jordan Peterson has the #1 nonfiction book at Amazon for the fourth week in a row. As a clinical psychologist, he has insights into behavior, and he likes to call out silliness when he sees it. His book is called 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos.

Peterson knows h...

December 21, 2017

This is one in a series of Spy's Guide book reviews. For more, see

Michael V. Hayden, Playing To The Edge

As boss of the National Security Agency during 9/11 and later boss of the CIA, Hayden managed two intelligence bureaucracies. 

At NSA, Hayden’s w...

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