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The Joys of Thrift…(The Forgotten Pleasures of Living BENEATH Your Income)

I graduated from college in 1974 and received exactly one job offer, which I cheerfully accepted. The economy was recovering from a period of financial doldrums and I made an interesting choice, the benefits of…

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Living in Harmony with Nature

My father was a civil engineer with an eclectic outlook on life. He took great joy in designing efficient systems, doing more with less. My…

Business Lessons From A Chessboard

Some of my fondest memories are of playing chess with my father. He taught me many things and some of the most valuable lessons occurred…

Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

This common rhetorical question is often used as a test for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or to show that the same situation…

Laying Bricks or Building Cathedrals

On one level we rent apartments. Four walls and a roof: weathertight, an escape from the elements, shelter from the storm. And while that is…

The Limits of Group Intelligence

“If they see other successful people going into something, they don’t do the due diligence because they think someone else did it for them.”  “Hotel…

Boundarylessness

Boundarylessness is a concept coined by Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric (GE). The word itself is awkward but the meaning is liberating.…

Communication Loops: Decision; Veto; Information

the loop, /lup/ –noun: a group or network of insiders or influential people As the leader of an organization, I need to know what is…

Moving Meditation

The ability to focus the mind, to harness the will, to stay on purpose is an awesome ability, a stupendous skill, a tremendous tool. He…

Complacency is a Champion’s Greats Foe

Q: “Do you feel rich?” A: “No. I think I always have a fear that whatever I have could leave, and it’s very temporary. I’ve…

Delineating Known Failure Paths vs. Constructive Guidance vs. Dousing Creative Enthusiasm

I hear innumerable ideas, which is wonderful. I really enjoy creative enthusiasm. At the same time, I know how far a journey it is from…

Out of the Mouths of Babes

In this 21st Century, the century of the knowledge worker, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking is all the vogue. Yet it is more easily said than…

What Small Things Make You Happy?

If we are to believe “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” it is the big things that make us happy: the cars, the houses, the…

Audition for the Role of Your New Self

I am always on the lookout for new ways to spark “mental quakes,” to invoke self-induced shifts of perspective. I am continually seeking ways to…

Two Sets of Skills

It takes one set of skills to get to the mountain top, a whole other set of skills to stay there. The drive that propels…

The Power of Negative Thinking

I played a lot of chess with my dad when I was a kid. Initially I was fond of an all-out attack style. I’d sally…

You Cannot Not Communicate

Whether you realize it or not, you are communicating ALL the time. Most of us have heard the statistic that some 87 percent of communication…

Fear is a Guidepost, Not a Stop Sign

Decades ago, I had a dream where I was walking on a beautiful beach. Eventually, I turned a corner, rounded a point, and encountered a…

Four Phrases, Ten Words

Ten words to change your world: Use these 10 words consistently, with authentic internal alignment and deep sincerity, and you will be astounded at the…

Defining a “Learning Organization”

We are committed to being a learning organization. But what does “being a learning organization” really mean? – It means we embrace the necessity of…

The Joys of Simplicity

Effectively thinking outside the box requires a deep knowledge of the key elements of a system along with the raw courage to eliminate the superfluous…

If everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority.

When everything is a priority, then nothing is a priority. If everything is important, then nothing is important. Medicine responds to this potential dilemma with…

If it were easy, everyone would do it…

If it were easy, everyone would do it. And it would already be done. Face it, 90 percent of the time the easy stuff has…