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Pop-Cap: The Downside of Perfect Remembering

There is no statute of limitations on the Internet. “Perfect remembering” refers to the capacity of data be stored, cheaply and easily, virtually forever. Every…

30 Methods of Influence: #10 Seek First to Understand

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 10. Seek first to understand. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. When we’re communicating with…

Entrepreneur’s Manifesto

The bright side of economic downturns is that they force everyone to examine all aspects of their lives, question protected interests and make hard choices,…

Pack Your Own Weight

The phrase “pack your own weight” comes from trail hiking and means that each person is responsible for carrying her own food, tent, sleeping bag,…

“Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid It”

“Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid It” is a book by Stephen Greenspan (no relation to the former Fed chair,…

Pop-Cap: Balancing the Budget by Sacrificing Sacred Cows

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” – Albert Einstein The City of Gainesville faces severe fiscal challenges in…

30 Methods of Influence: #9 Assume the Best of Others

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 9. Assume the best of others. Assuming good faith produces good fruit. By acting on the assumption…

The Paradox of the Happy Peasant

Miserable millionaires? Happy poor? The phrases seem backwards, almost an affront to our deep-seated but often unspoken belief in the power of prosperity to create…

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift”

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift. – Steve Prefontaine How good do we have to be? How much is…

50 Ways to Leave Your Past

Want the “Wisdom of the Ages,” CliffsNotes version? “Secrets of Success” distilled? Sit back and relax because Tom Butler-Bowdon has done all the work for…

Everyday Leaders

It is the task of a leader to bring out the best in people. And, we ALL are leaders. We all are examples, role models,…

30 Methods of Influence: #8 Live the Law of Love

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 8. Live the law of love. We encourage obedience to the laws of life when we live…

The Power of Personal Myth

The power of myth is the power of metaphor and poetry to capture the imagination, to inspire us to greatness. Mythical characters are simply archetypes…

Every Yes Is a No

Most of us are limited in some respect, often by time, money, or energy. This is true for organizations as well as individuals. It is…

Change Your Story, Change Your Life

We pick up a lot of programming in life, often without realizing or understanding it as such, especially in our malleable early years. The stories…

The Importance of Being a Good Follower

Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Company’s president & CEO, arrived at Ford from Boeing three and a half years ago. An engineer by training, he brought…

30 Methods of Influence: #7 Focus on the Circle of Influence

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 7. Focus on the circle of influence. As we focus on doing something positive about the things…

A Driving Fear of Failure

“Early on in my career, I recognized that I was not always the smartest individual in the groups I worked in, but I had a…

Personal Power vs. Positional Power

A Classic From the NSCBlog Archive Originally posted January 2008 Power may be thought of as either positional or personal. Positional power is external to…

Entrepreneurship: Can It Be Taught?

Entrepreneurship programs are in vogue at universities nationwide, so in academia, at least, the answer must be a resounding yes. One school of thought is…

Why Not Us?

Someone has to win. Someone will stand at the top of the podium and receive the gold medal. Why not us? Why not you? In…

30 Methods of Influence: #6 Keep the Promises You Make to Others

“30 Methods of Influence” by Stephen R. Covey 6. Keep the promises you make to others. By making and keeping our resolves and promises, we…