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Alina Tugend
Since 2005, Alina Tugend has written the biweekly “ShortCuts” column for the New York Times business section and is author of “Better by Mistake: The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong,” (Riverhead, March 2011). Her columns won the 2011 Best in Business award for personal finance from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, the American Journalism Review and Parents.

Alina has been a journalist for almost 30 years, covering issues such as the environment, education and law. You can read more about her and access her articles at .

Entries by Alina Tugend

The Unexpected Benefits of Being Wrong

(16) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 8:44 AM

I heard a lot of good lines when I attended this month's conference held by Arianna Huffington and Mika Brzezinski on "The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power," but my favorite was when Sen. Claire McCaskill said she finally learned "not to give an (expletive) about...

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Is There a Limit to Forgiveness? Yes

(9) Comments | Posted April 3, 2011 | 4:43 AM

Do we always have to forgive people?

I've thought quite a bit about this question lately, especially as I have been writing a lot about mistakes and apologies over the past few years.

I once more started pondering this question after the recent confession by former Speaker of the House...

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Women, Men and Handling Mistakes

(9) Comments | Posted March 2, 2011 | 2:25 PM

When I tell people that I'm writing about mistakes -- and that men and women tend to handle mistakes differently -- I usually get a knowing response. Most agree that women are more likely to agonize and blame themselves and men get over their blunders faster and look for others...

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