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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…

Feet of Clay Can Still Run a Fleet Race

When I first started blogging on ‘Personal Leadership’, someone approached me and in effect said: “How can you write about such things? You are no…

“Pleased But Not Satisfied”

“Pleased But Not Satisfied” is a self-published book by David L. Sokol, chairman of MidAmerican Energy, a major subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. Sokol recently was…

Forget New Year’s Resolutions

Better a small promise kept than a larger one broken. Most New Year’s Resolutions fail because they are lofty goals with insufficient foundation. If it…

The Wolf at the Door

What motivates? In the final analysis, pain and pleasure. We move away from pain, we move toward pleasure. There are as many permutations and ramifications…

Does Screaming Improve Behavior? An Error in Intution

In the mid-60s a future Nobel Prize winner (2002 for Economics), Daniel Kahneman, lectured to a group of Israeli air force flight instructors on the…

Journaling Self Awareness and Self Improvement NSC Blog Mini Book

Journaling Self Awareness and Self Improvement NSC Blog Mini Book

Does Screaming Improve Behavior? An Error in Intuition

In the mid-1960s, Daniel Kahneman, a future Nobel Prize winner in 2002 for Economics, lectured to a group of Israeli air force flight instructors on…

Perils of Perfectionism

Perfect and excellent are not synonymous. Neither are success and perfect the same. LSU became national college football champions, a hallmark of both excellence and…

How to Win Friends and Influence People

I discovered Dale Carnegie’s classic, “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” in my early twenties. I had long since vowed to live no ordinary…

Taking Requests: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Nathan, Would you please write an article on the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I dislike that saying and I know you…

What I Learned From That

Mistakes happen. I don’t like them. I aspire daily to excellence, to improvement, to ever higher levels. However, I acknowledge that daily reality falls short…

Whatever it takes

What defines a successful organization? There are lots of answers to that query and bookshelves groan with treatises addressing the question. One solid reply is…

We Are Meant To Be Different

Emotional maturity, having a healthy self-concept, and fully accepting ourselves lie in releasing the opinions of others, not letting ourselves be negatively impacted by their…

The Secret of Success is No Secret

Toyota recently surpassed General Motors in the number of cars sold in the United States. Toyota enjoys a hard-won and long-held reputation as an innovative…

Seven Things Most Successful People Have Given Up

1) Successful people watch less TV, spend less time aimlessly surfing the internet. Successful people tend to lead disciplined, focused lives. 2) Successful people release…

Gold Stars Forever

What would it take for you to give yourself ‘Gold Stars Forever’? Notice I didn’t say “earn” or “get” Gold Stars Forever, I said “give…

Four Things To Look for in a Great Hire

The New York Times has a business section Sunday feature called “Corner Office,” where the CEO of a small- or mid-sized company is interviewed. I…

CapEx: Yea or Nay?

I lead a small organization of just under 500 Team Members. Creativity, Engagement, and Empowerment are all characteristics we wish to encourage; delegating responsibility and…

Who Do You Think You Are?

“Who do you think you are?” is an idiom, an expression, a rhetorical question that is often used to confront someone we believe has shown…

“The First 20 Minutes”

“The First 20 Minutes” is the title of a new book by Gretchen Reynolds, a fitness columnist for The New York Times. The book asserts…

Talent is Overrated

The basic thesis of “Talent is Overrated,” by Geoff Covin (senior editor at large for Fortune magazine), is that hard work, smart work, count for…

Few are Born Great

Few are born great. Most achieve greatness through unrelenting effort. Day in and day out persistence, practice, practice, practice, and yet even more perseverance. Case…

Few are Born Great

Few are born great. Most achieve greatness through unrelenting effort. Day in and day out persistence, practice, practice, practice, and yet even more perseverance. Case…