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Pop-Cap: Illusions of Substance

Every day it seems we are bombarded with news of some new psychological scientific study revealing some fascinating new factoid about human nature. Perhaps a bit more skepticism: “Andrew Ferguson, writing in the Weekly Standard,…

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30 Methods of Influence: #14 Admit Your Mistakes, Apologize, Ask for Forgiveness

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 14. Admit your mistakes, apologize, ask for forgiveness. When we are party to seriously strained relations, we…

Ask! They Won’t Always Tell You What You Want To Know

We are continually re-learning the lessons of life, even the small everyday ones. I pride myself on being an entrepreneur, someone who always finds a…

The Grass Is Always Greener

Oh, we humans! We are soooooo predictably irrational. We keep making the same mistakes over and over and over again. It would be funny if…

Reversible Destiny: “Do Not Go Gentle”

Ah, death. The Grim Reaper. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. It comes to us all eventually, no matter how eloquently we “Rage…against the dying…

The Complaint Diet: Act or Accept but Never Complain

Don’t complain. Easier said then done, especially when you include mental complaints. Try it! I dare you to go on a “complaint diet”: 7 days,…

30 Methods of Influence: #13 If Offended, Take the Initiative

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 13. If offended, take the initiative. If someone offends you unknowingly and continues to do so, take…

10 Ways to Live to 100

One of my personal goals is to live to be 100 AND to be healthy and happy the whole way. I don’t want to just…

Expect Success, Plan for Failure

The more complex a system or situation, the more true this phrase is. I am a firm believer in having backups within backups for all…

Your Tendency Is Not Your Destiny

It’s my genes. I can’t help it! Fuhgeddaboudit! You are responsible, you are Response-Able. Don’t believe me? How about some science to back me up.…

Book Smarts vs. Street Smarts: “Rethinking the MBA”

“Rethinking the MBA: Business Education at a Crossroads” (by Srikant M. Datar, David A. Garvin, and Patrick Cullen; Harvard Business Press) is an examination of…

30 Methods of Influence: #12 Give an Understanding Response

12. Give an understanding response. Using the understanding response (reflecting back feeling), three good things happen: 1) you gain increased understanding and clarity of feelings…

Birthday

Yesterday, May 11th, was my birthday, the date of my birth. I think of birthdays as a great time to reflect, as accountability checkpoints. What…

Is an A Really a B?

Grade inflation is back. After a big episode during the Vietnam war to protect students’ draft deferments, grade inflation re-emerged in force starting in 1986,…

Pop-Cap: Looters in Loafers

Simply because something is not illegal does not make it right, moral, or ethical. Much of the economic meltdown that lead to the Great Recession…

30 Methods of Influence: #11 Reward Open, Honest Expressions or Questions

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 11. Reward open, honest expressions or questions. Too often we punish honest, open expressions or questions. We…

5 Things You Cannot Change

1. Everything changes and ends Nothing lasts forever, every beginning is the start of an end. Relationships end, people die. Seasons turn, things change. Get…

You Can’t Win If You Don’t Play

You can’t win the game sitting on the bench. It’s hard to impact results standing on the sidelines. You have to get involved. You have…

The 5 A’s We All Need

Primates are unusual among mammals. In times of danger or crisis, most mammals run somewhere. We humans tend to run to someone. We need each…