“A crook is a crook, and there’s something healthy about his frankness in the matter. But the guy who pretends he’s enforcing the law and steals on his authority is a swell snake.” — Alphonse Gabriel “Al” Capone aka “Scarface,” American gangster

Do you want to be a terrible leader?


“‘Fake it until you make it.’” The phrase was made famous by social psychologist Amy Cuddy in her mega-popular 2012 Ted Talk. Last week, it was spoken by a defense attorney in Manhattan State Supreme Court in the criminal trial of Anna Sorokin. Sorokin was being prosecuted for swindling more…


In every con or act of misconduct, people’s ability to distract, deceive and conceal is a critical skill. This comes to mind frequently in my work addressing white-collar malfeasance and fraud. Shellacking falsity and ineffectualness with peroxide is similarly applicable to many of Donald Trump’s decisions and actions, with last…


[A response to a VOX interview with Yale psychology professor Paul Bloom]

Professor Bloom is right to point out that many of the leading popular ideas about cruelty are oversimplifications or are based on the general need people have to see themselves in ways that feel better whether it’s the…


Since the first intentionally lit fire, crudely fashioned shovel, lever, or wheel, along a continuum to cuneiform, mathematics, and the multitude of technologies we enjoy and benefit from today, humanity has been inventing tools and innovating solutions to life’s myriad challenges. Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are next-generation…

Dr. Alexander Stein

Founder of Dolus Advisors. Expert in human decision-making and behavior. Advising leaders in organizational issues involving psychological underpinnings

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store