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We Change When We Want To

We change when we want to. The catalyst can be whatever we want it to be. I’m fascinated by human beings, what makes them do what they do. Somehow I believe that if I listen…

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Don’t Give In To The Wall

“The wall” has many forms but in essence it is a belief in limits—your limits, others’ limits, the limits of possibility. I took karate while…

One Thing Boldly Different Every Day

Lord, I love my routines! I eat at the same place almost every morning. The people there know me and greet me like family. Don’t…

Five Ways Ordinary People Create Extraordinary Success

Learn to Combine Skills: It is difficult to develop a world-class skill in one particular area but it’s relatively easy to learn how to decently…

We See the World As We Are, We See the World We Expect To See

Our expectations, our outlook on life, our personal norms, powerfully impact the world we see. This theme of self-fulfilling prophecy is one I return to…

Nullus In Verba

Nullus in verba is Latin for “take nobody’s word for it” and is the motto of the the Royal Society of London. Founded in 1660,…

Expect The Best. Inspect for What You Expect.

You do not get what you expect, you get what you inspect. What gets measured gets done. What you choose to inspect also sends a…

Focusing Effect

Focusing effect simply means nothing in life is as important as we think it is while we are thinking about it. Focusing effect describes a…

Do Not Block the Many Because of the Few

For the most part, I am blessed with excellent team members, associates, and partners. Their creativity, innovation, resourcefulness, and imagination are wonderful to witness. On…

Whole Hearted People

Dr. Brené Brown was a TED* speaker on the power of vulnerability. She also is the author of “The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of…

If There Is Nothing To Do, Do Nothing

One wintery day almost a decade and half ago, I was walking along the frozen Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having a wide-ranging conversation with…

Avoiding Path Dependence: Just How Smart Are You?

Path dependence is when we allow ourselves to be locked into future decisions based on a commitment (emotional, financial, etc.) to decisions we made in…

Words Matter

An experiment in diagnosis bias* was once conducted at MIT. A class had just been seated when a college representative walked in and explained that…

Stretch Goals

“Stretch goal” is a phrase popularized by Jack Welch, the highly-regarded former CEO of General Electric (G.E.). Stretch goals are those that push us beyond…

Rules: For the Guidance of the Wise

Thesis: Rules are for the guidance of the wise and the blind obedience of fools. Rules are funny things. You need them, but certain rules…

In Praise of Incremental Failure

Many of us are afraid of failure. Yet there are certain kinds of “failure” that can be beneficial. I’m defining incremental failure as progress that…