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Harnessing Activation Energy

In physics, activation energy is the initial spark to catalyze a reaction. In life, activation energy is the motivation it takes to get off the…

Daily Strokes of Effort

People are creatures of habit. How could we not be? Otherwise the myriad decisions required each day would overwhelm us. It is our routines that…

The Comma

Life is complex, business is challenging. If it were easy, it would already have been done a long time ago. The world is rapidly evolving,…

Avoid Defensive Bristling: It’s Not About Being Right but Getting it Right

You make a presentation to your boss’s boss. You’ve put a lot of hard work and late nights into the finished product. You’ve even done…

Meet Like a CEO: The Higher You Go, The Shorter the Meeting

On Sundays, The New York Times runs a series called “The Corner Office,” fascinating weekly interviews with CEOs of small- and mid-sized companies. While each…

Under-Indulgence

Which tastes better? The first bite of that huge piece of mouth-watering chocolate cake or the last? Most say the first and by the last,…

Using Tiger Woods’s Clubs Every Day of Your Life

Step on to the putting green with me. I hand you a putter and I tell you it had once been used by golfing great…

Self-Handicapping

Self-handicapping is behavior that protects a person from being responsible for failure. Self-handicapping can be a form of self-sabotage: Some people may not apply for…

An Absolute Fiend for Preparation

Rusty Hardin, 70, was the Houston attorney for baseball great Roger Clemens for Clemens’ 2012 acquittal on perjury charges for purported drug use. Rusty’s secret:…