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Newsletter: Uncertainty and negative emotions

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

(Volume 1, Issue 3)

Quote of the week


"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd."

- Voltaire

Three recent articles


1. Howard Marks, Co-founder and Co-chairman of Oaktree Investment Management, writes in his latest memo how those who can treat uncertainty with intellectual humility will be better positioned to navigate these complex times.

2. Arik Ben-Zvi, CEO of Breakwater Strategy, produced a scenario analysis of the post-COVID world. The four scenarios, with distinct sign-posts and outcomes, provide a framework with which to grapple with uncertainty.

3. Bill Gates drops his annual summer book reading list for 2020, and includes several other recommended TV shows, movies and gaming options.


Topic of the week: We need negative emotions


Courtney Ackerman provides a useful overview of the importance of both positive and negative emotions and the impact of each on the brain. She provides a fun emoji chart cataloging positive and negative emotions.

Negative (and neutral) emotions protect us and make us appreciate positive emotions. As I continue my year-long research of emotional intelligence, I'm frequently reminded of the value in appraising, expressing and regulating emotions to achieve personal and organizational objectives.

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