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Take Care of Yourself

Our bodies are capable of extraordinary endurance, agility, strength, and sensitivity.  We are capable of feelings and acts of profound sensitivity and love and great insight, inspiration, and intuition. Modern people ask much less of their bodies than they are capable of and yet subject their bodies to all manner of abuse due to poor […]

Rolling on a River

The Mississippi River is approximately 2,340 miles long. Or is it? One problem is agreeing on where it starts. A common answer is Lake Itasca in northern Minnesota. But which end of the lake are we talking about? That’s another 1.5 miles, give or take. The lake is fed by several small streams, the largest […]

You Can’t Hack Your Way to Great

Sivanandan is nine years old. She took up chess during lockdown, which made her, what, six when she started? She is one of five players chosen for England’s women’s team to play in the Chess Olympiad in September. Maybe she’ll be ten! The next youngest player is an ancient 23. You and I aren’t Sivanandan. […]

There is Only One You

There is only one you. Only one me. There are many like us, but you are completely unique. So am I. Your peculiarities, differences, idiosyncrasies, weirdness, specialness, quirks, and ordinariness or not your enemies. They are not to be put aside. They are your friends. Your best friends. The point isn’t to master these parts […]

Decision Quality Starts with the Exam Question

Decision traps – we’ve all stumbled into them at some point. These pitfalls can stem from our biases, organizational issues, lack of awareness about our agenda, or simply lacking decision-making skills. The first step in quality decision-making is “framing,” figuring out the question you mean to ask and answer. It’s useful to think of this […]

Role Models and Teachers. Choose Wisely.

Perhaps you have too. Over the years, I’ve read broadly the stories of the titans of business, statecraft, and war: Rockefeller, Morgan, Lazard, Duveen, Rommel, and Patton are some names that come to mind. The same is true for biographies and hagiographies of contemporaneous figures like Pat Reilly, Phil Jackson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Tim […]

Making Friends, Fast

In 1997, five people at Stony Brook University published a paper suggesting people could become good friends in under an hour. The term “good” obviously covers a lot of ground, but bear with me. The initial study paired two complete strangers. The intuition was that questions inviting personal disclosure would lead to more disclosure and […]

An Amateur, a Hack, and a Professional Walk Into a Bar . . .

Jimmy Quitting. You’ll regret it for the rest of your life . . . Baseball is what gets inside you. It’s what lights you up. You can’t deny that. Dotty It just got too hard Jimmy It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it […]

Stuff Happens

Well, of course, it does. This moment results from all the stuff that happened, and the next one is the same. It’s all just stuff that happens. We’re the ones attaching stories to it. Normal Stuff. What we were expecting. Good Stuff. Better than we were expecting. Great Stuff. Way better than we were expecting […]

The Power of Curiosity

Tom Peters’ book In Search of Excellence is regarded as one of the most influential business books of all time. In an article about the book, Peters says, “There was no carefully designed work plan. There was no theory that I was out to prove. I went out and talked to genuinely smart, remarkably interesting, […]