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Are You Capable of Second Order Thinking?

First Order thinking is simplistic, short term, single move, single player, linear thinking i.e. the “thinking” level most stop at. Second Order thinking is much…

Epistemological Humility

Epistemic means anything dealing with knowledge. Epistemic humility is: 1) Accepting that there will always be many things about which we are ignorant and that’s natural…

Ruinous Empathy v. Radical Candor

Ruinous Empathy is when you care but are unwilling to be honest/frank. We say to ourselves that we want to “spare the other’s feelings”. In…

The Hard Thing About Milking Cows

The hard thing about milking cows is that they never stay milked. You gotta do it each and every day; no days off. Life and…

Before Tattoo on the Body, Tattoo in the Mind

Norman Vincent Peale relates a story in his book, ‘Power of the Plus Factor’: While in Hong Kong, I came upon a tattoo studio in…

Beware the Twin Scourges: “Destination Disease” and “Someone Sickness”

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their mind to be. The twin scourges are two ways you can choose to put…

The Teacher is Always There

There is a Zen saying to the effect, “That When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear.” There is much truth to the saying…

The Label Becomes the Experience

The words we choose to describe a situation powerfully frame our experience of that situation. Words can either sting or sooth. One can be happy…

TGGFTGNFTLT

“The Greatest Good For The Greatest Number For The Longest Time” The “greatest good, for the greatest number for the longest time” is the moral…

Finding My Best Self

Sometimes I lose my best self; find myself distracted and drifting off course. Usually it is because I get busy, then wake up to find…

The Hardest Thing

They say, “fish discover water last”. For example, we become so adapted that things disappear into the background and we lose awareness of them. Learning…

Sidestepping the Arrival Fallacy Trap

The Arrival Fallacy is when we finally achieve a desired goal; something we worked long and hard for and… Somehow, it is not all we…

How Well Do You Know You?

Write down three pivotal experiences in your life. Why were they pivotal? How have they impacted you? If not positive, how could they be re-framed? List…

Your Identity Drives Your Behavior

Who are you? How do you define yourself? How would you describe yourself? Do you like your answers? The words you choose, the associated mental…

The Simple Secret to Self-Control

When we see someone who seems to have it all together, who exhibits good habits and good self-control, we tend to attribute it to good…

One Bad Apple

Best of the Rest – I don’t often run others work but this is good: Imagine the case of someone supervising an exceptional team of…

Maybe it Wanted to Be Noticed

There is a children’s story, “There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon” about a little boy who finds a dragon on his bed. It’s small…

How to Build a Ship

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders.   Instead, teach them…

The Golden Mean

How good do we have to be? Life is so much more than just “feeding the beast”. Simply attempting to “satisfy appetites” is an endless,…

The Belief That Sets the Course of Your Life

Self Belief: I am enough, I can do it, I have (or can find) what it takes. Where there is a will, there is a…

Who Is Your Jailer?

There is a cartoon of a prisoner in a cell; hands on the bars, rattling his cage, frantically, furiously, attempting to break free of his…

The Collier Way

Our Mission Statement: Proudly Making Your Home The Heart of our Business  Our work is about love. That may seem overly sentimental for business to…

Three Pivotal Points of Personal Power

Lock Down Your Why To be effective you must be motivated, enthused and on mission every day. This requires that your life be aligned with…

Two Things Hyper Successful People do Regularly

Successful People are Voracious Seekers of Knowledge “It’s hard for me to understand why [getting an MBA] is a better use of time and money…

Systems Thinking and Critical Thinking Skills: Two Must Have Abilities to Deal With an Ever Increasingly Complex World

Embrace Systems Thinking: Solve the Problem, Fix/Improve the System that allowed it to happen “All Systems are perfectly aligned to deliver the results they do.” Systems…

The Most Destructive Habit You Can Possibly Have…That You MUST Stop Right NOW

The most destructive habit you can possibly have is to allow negativity in your life for it has the potential to undermine so many other…