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How to Fail

A guaranteed way to increase your odds of failing, to reduce your productivity, to rein in your creativity, to curb your innovation, is to try too hard not to fail. Yep, focusing too much on…

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The Importance of Sitzfleisch

Do you have sufficient sitzfleisch? Sitzfleisch is stamina, the power to endure or persevere in an activity. The word is German in origin from sitzen…

How to Get Ahead in Business

These quotations are taken from a May 18, 2012, Wall Street Journal article by John Bussey, “How Women Can Get Ahead: Advice from Female CEOs,”…

Tickler File: A Busy Person’s Best Friend

A tickler file is a way to write notes to your future self. At its simplest level, it is a calendar where you write future…

How to Earn Your Boss’s Respect

Easy! 1. Proactively ‘fess up to material mistakes, significant errors, and missed targets. 2. Take full responsibility for solving challenges. Fully live up to this…

No Whining Please

Whining: To complain needlessly, peevishly, in an unreasonable, repeated, or irritating way Okay, life can be tough at times, often unfair. Customers can be demanding.…

What Made Us Great? Do We Still Have It?

If you believe famed British historian Niall Ferguson, author of “Civilization: The West and the Rest,” six things led to the dominance of western civilization…

A Culture of Belief

“All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results,” is a new book by Chester Elton and Adrian Gostick,…