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Skill v. Luck

No. 1,491 Last night the Pirates won in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off hit batsman.  The bases were loaded.  Tony Watson, who now pitches for the Giants, hit the batter, Jordy Mercer, forcing in the winning run. Was it luck? Well, from the Giants’ perspective, it was a lack of skill, not […]

The Better Competitor Does Not Always Win.

No. 1,489 Not to belabor a matter that has been discussed too much lately, but the lesser competitor sometimes wins. Perhaps it will happen rarely in a particular match-up. But happen it will.  In a single contest, the sports team with the worst overall record can defeat the team with the best record  — if […]

Fifty one words on Culture By Default.

No. 1,483 Here’s a thought to mull over, if you wish. The culture that develops in most groups, including law firms, develops without anyone planning it to be that way.  Consider what’s right or wrong about the culture of your office.  What should change?  How can you help make it happen? CLT

We Need a Hero.

No. 1,475 James Shaw, Jr., a 29 year-old college student, rushed a gunman at a Waffle House when he saw him stop to reload.  He struggled and wrested the assault rifle from the hands of the shooter and threw it over the counter. It was just like in the movies. In an interview, he stated […]

If everyone is unhappy is the court dispensing justice?

No. 1,445 Setting the thermostat at 72º is not a bad decision.  There are others to consider beside these two outliers, after all.  There is no win-win here.  But there is a lose-lose. Or is there?  One can wear two sweaters, while the other can set up a small fan.

Bad decision: Engineer leaves voicemail about cracks in the bridge.

No. 1,444 According to this article in the Miami Herald, the fact that cracks started to appear in the Florida International University Foot Bridge (which collapsed when it had been used for only a few days) was not necessarily bad news. Maybe so, but that won’t sound very convincing to the jury, will it? I […]

Rules, rules, rules.

No. 1,434 I just heard a doctor on the radio who contracted Lymes Disease and after being wheelchair bound and in excruciating pain for a year and a half, effected a cure, partly through experimenting with herbal medicines.  He says that we have a Lymes pandemic in semi rural locations in Western Pennsylvania and that […]

“Resulting” — How We Think Good Decisions Were Bad and Vice Versa.

No. 1,417 When our team wins, how often do we admit it was luck?  Almost never. But we are guilty of thinking that a decision is good or bad, depending upon the outcome.  That phenomenon is called resulting. Professional Poker Player Annie Duke has developed a social science approach to decision-making.  She points out that […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 40 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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