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A Letter for the Special Ones

Intellectually, you know that other people adore their children.  In fact, it’s in your best interest to want people to adore their children.  When people love and care for their children, the world benefits.  Social science backs this up.  People who care about their children make their best effort.

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Why the Pursuit of Consistency Makes You Irrelevant

The team was concerned.  They were making an organizational change.  At the same time, they were under pressure to move into new markets.  People were anxious. They believed the internal conditions weren’t stable enough to pursue new opportunities externally. They were wrong. My father once told me, “If you.

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Don’t Tell High Ambition People to Relax

You need to chill out. Just relax; it’s no big deal. The above comments are intended to be comforting, but when you tell a high performer to calm down, it has the opposite effect. It makes them want to scream. A friend of mine’s son was stressing out about.

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How to Be a Noble Purpose Parent

How would you evaluate your parenting? If you’re like most of us, you probably do some things well, and some things not so well. My husband and I have been parents for two decades. We have two daughters. We haven’t been perfect parents; anymore than either of our own.

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Three Things That Will Endear You to Your Family and Friends

I lost my Dad, Jay Earle, last week after a 6-month battle with cancer. Regular readers know my father’s stories: The skinny 1950s teen who played sax in a dance band with Warren Beatty, the 18-year-old who became a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy by volunteering for dirty jobs,.

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Pre-decision making: How to Make Better Decisions under Stress

A critical decision is one that shapes your future, things that affect your career, your relationships, and your reputation. We often agonize over non-critical decisions. Deciding what kind of car to buy is probably not going to have a big impact on your career. Deciding how to cut your.

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How Would a Five-Year-Old Evaluate Your Airtime?

What subject do you give the most airtime to? If someone asked your team what you care about, what would they say? How about your family? I regularly get a similar email from different people, in different jobs around the world that speaks to the issue of airtime. The.

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Three Types of People That Will Make You Happier

Does life ever sometimes seem like one big long to-do list? With too much to do and not enough time to do it, life can easily become a grind.  We often think that an easier life would be a happier life, but in many cases that’s not so.  Once.

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The Biggest Difference between Success and Mediocrity for Teachers and Leaders

Do you remember your most horrible teacher? What about your worst boss?  You can probably still hear their words in your head. I have vivid memories of my sixth grade teacher, whom I shall not name, peering over her glasses at me, rolling her eyes, and uttering her familiar.

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The Real Driver of Great Innovation via Alexander Graham Bell and Pharrell Williams

Does innovation come from within, or is it driven by outside forces? We often think of innovation as a random stroke of genius, a spark of creativity ignited by a great mind. But some of our most notable innovations have actually been the result of people who dedicated themselves.

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