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How to Leverage Intuition in Decision-making

I knew it. How many times have you found yourself saying that, after the fact? When you ignore your instincts, and go forward despite a slightly uncomfortable feeling in your…Read more

Why it’s Worth Learning to Manage Your Face

A friend of mine owns a bakery and café.  Her cupcakes are scrumptious, her Caprese sandwich melts in your mouth.  Clients drive miles for one of her macaroons. Her baked…Read more

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    The Biggest Difference between Success and Mediocrity for Teachers and Leaders

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…Read more

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

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…Read more

Why Words Matter and How to Choose the Right Ones

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Whoever said that probably never had a parent call them stupid.  They probably also never knew the…Read more

The Grim Satisfaction of the Subtle Skeptic

They’re the subtle skeptics.  They don’t openly oppose things.  Instead they stand on the sideline judging and evaluating before they decide whether or not to participate. For example, imagine two…Read more

The Big Mistake People Make About Noble Purpose

Do you have a Noble Purpose?  Or do you just sell stuff? We all want to do good.  But doing good outside your business is not enough, if the actual…Read more

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    Why Work-Life Balance Is a Flawed Concept, And What to Do Instead

Why Work-Life Balance Is a Flawed Concept, And What to Do Instead

Work life balance is a flawed concept.  I don’t know a single successful person who feels like they have mastered the equation.  Yet the myth of the perfectly balanced life…Read more

Guest Post by Linda Henman

A great piece about culture from my colleague Linda Henman, who recently visited the Isle of Skye to learn more about Clan McLeod because her daughter is marrying into the…Read more

How to Get More Done and Be Happier

For many years, I worked for a crazy person.  Her name is Lisa, and for a decade she was the worst boss I ever had. I confess; I’m a recovering…Read more

Why Exaggerating Your Stories Is Good for Everyone, Mostly

Some people are born storytellers. Other people struggle to hold your attention. The difference between a boring story and an interesting one usually boils down to three things: emotions, embellishment,…Read more

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    How to Reinvent Yourself When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned

How to Reinvent Yourself When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned

We’ve all been there, or at least many of us have. You have a foolproof business plan; you put in the time, money and mountain of work to make it…Read more

Why We’re Asking the Wrong Questions About Cheating

People love to judge a cheater. Some students at our local high school were caught cheating.  They stole copies of a test.  These weren’t the kind of kids who usually…Read more

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    How the Story about the Lady and the Baskets Made Me a Better Spouse

How the Story about the Lady and the Baskets Made Me a Better Spouse

My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.” When…Read more

The Myth of “The One Thing” And Why Three Is Better

The human mind hates complexity.  When something goes wrong, we want to know the cause, and we want it to be simple. Believing that one single thing causes the person…Read more

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    Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Why I Taught My Daughters How to Be Ambassadors in the 5th Grade

Both of my daughters got a passport when they graduated from the 5th grade.  I grew up relatively untraveled.  My family didn’t have a lot of money, and we had…Read more

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