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The Genius of Collective Intelligence

No one human being created the car you drive, the computer on which you are reading this, even the last pencil you used. All were brought into being by a team of human beings, by…

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30 Methods of Influence: #23 Agree on the Limits, Rules, Expectations, and Consequences

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 23. Agree on the limits, rules, expectations, and consequences. These must be clearly established, agreed upon, understood,…

We Are Just Dealing With Thoughts, and Thoughts Can Be Changed

What we experience inside our heads—our emotions and reactions—are just inner effects of outer events. The stories we choose to tell ourselves, the way we…

To Know and Not Do Is To Not Know

I sometimes lead a short personal leadership course for the incoming real estate grad students at the University of Florida. I often tell them the…

The Point of Power is Always in the Present Moment

The past is done and gone, each passing moment irretrievably beyond reach. The only impact we can make is on the present moment and future…

Populist-Capitalist: Behind the Wizard of Oz’s Curtain

The American public has been fed so much PR spin that it can become hard to know reality, to have good benchmarks, to have a…

30 Methods of Influence: #22 Recognize and Take Time to Teach

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 22. Recognize and take time to teach. With differences come supreme teaching moments. But there’s a time…

Multipliers vs. Diminishers

(From “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter,” by Liz Wiseman, Greg McKeown; HarperBusiness, 2010) Diminishers underutilize people, leaving creativity and talent on the…

Budgets: Avoiding an Exercise in Illusion

A sage once said, “the most common miscommunication is the illusion that it occurred.” Often we have not communicated as clearly as we think we…

“Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work”

“Shop Class as Soulcraft,” by Matthew B. Crawford, is a homage to the dignity of labor, the joy of being able to work with one’s…

“You Are Never Safe”

So you’re thinking, what is going on? Isn’t this Nathan’s blog? Mr. Positive Thinking, Mr. Radiant Optimist? “You are never safe”? That’s a downer. “You…

30 Methods of Influence: #21 Avoid Fight or Flight, Talk Through Differences

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 21. Avoid fight or flight, talk through differences. Many people either fight or flee when they disagree.…

“Personal Power Through Awareness”

How to keep your edge? Your sharpest edge? Keep your energy levels high, your enthusiasm flowing? Stay pumped, juiced? Excited about life? Confident, cool, calm,…

Principled Profit

I believe in the power of free markets and capitalism to create prosperity, to harness and direct human potential. But sometimes that energy can run…

Can You Control Your Mind?

For his book, “Mentality,” British author Joe Sillett asked some of Britain’s best-known sports figures, “Can you control your mind?” “Yes, totally. I believe that…

“The Narrow Road”

“The Narrow Road” is the title of a book by Felix Dennis, the owner of Maxim men’s magazine and one of the U.K.’s richest men.…

30 Methods of Influence: #20 Prepare Your Mind and Heart Before You Prepare Your Speech

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 20. Prepare your mind and heart before you prepare your speech. What we say may be less…

Stand By Me

Ah, life! It has its twists and turns, its mountains and valleys. In challenging times we discover interesting things about ourselves and others. It is…

Continuous Change: 1000%, 1% at a Time

The Collier Companies recently sent our entire team of six regional community managers (RCMs) to New Orleans for a National Apartment Association conference. RCMs typically…

Skepticism: Balancing Gullibility and Cynicism

The cynic refuses to trust. The skeptic asks questions before trusting to minimize the risk. The gullible trust when there are meaningful reasons not to,…

30 Methods of Influence: #19 Accept the Person and the Situation

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 19. Accept the person and the situation. The first step in changing or improving another is to…