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So, you think you can dance? The choreography of networking.

November 14, 2013

Think back to the last time you were at a wedding — or any event with a dance floor. There was no shortage of well-meaning people encouraging the wallflowers, “Come on … get out on the dance floor … it’ll be fun … you’ll have a good time.”

In our Western culture we just assume that everyone can dance. But when you look at the people on the dance floor you will see a wide spectrum of skill. There will be some who are excellent dancers, with a total command of their body and the room.

At the other end of the spectrum, there will be a few who can’t dance at all and are just flailing in loose approximation to the rhythm of the music. And then there will be people who think that they are good dancers but, in all honesty, are not.

And so it is with networking.

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The Rhythm of Productivity — How To Get Stuff Done

October 9, 2013

Do you struggle to be productive? At the end of the day does it feel like there are more items on your ToDo list than there were at the beginning of the day?

There is no end to the articles and blogs and tools and apps that aim to help you be more productive. Many of them are even good. But in some ways, they’re all a bit of distraction for the task at hand: getting stuff done.

Being productive is hard. If it was easy — if an app could solve your problem — we wouldn’t see the proliferation of articles and blogs and tools and apps. 

Personal productivity is a Holy Grail: Many pursue it. Few seem to find it.

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Never Give Up!

September 2, 2013

Diana Nyad has just completed an amazing feat of endurance and perseverance. To try and put it into perspective, imagine going without sleep for 53 hours. Now imagine walking for 110 miles during those 53 hours. Finally, instead of walking, imagine swimming 110 miles in shark and jellyfish infested, open ocean during those 53 hours. It belies belief.  And yet, Diana has just accomplished this historic feat. It was her fifth attempt, trying first in…

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Lucky Breaks

August 26, 2013

Tony Danza’s break into television came out of left field. He was not an aspiring actor. Instead, he was an aspiring boxer. He was working out in a New York City gym when a producer for Taxi approached him and asked him if he wanted to be on television. The rest is history. Tony’s account of his adventure during the “Not My Job” section of this week’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me is a delight. There is always an element of…

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Growth comes in two ways …

July 10, 2013

Growth comes in two ways: from discovering something new … or rediscovering something that is essential and elemental that we have forgotten. — Krista Tippett

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The Business of People

June 22, 2013

Running a business with employees is messy and fraught with challenges, not the least of which is the challenge that so many employees are also people — people who have dreams, fears, families, loneliness, hope, illness, optimism, and all of whom want to be part of a successful endeavor.

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Great Places to Work

April 26, 2013

For years I have been refining my thinking on leadership and vibrant organizations into a model that I call “Cohesive Leadership.” This month, HBR published an article that validates and reinforces everything I believe in. Sweet…

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Cohesive Leadership at Apple

February 27, 2013

I define a cohesive team as one that wants to work together, that is constantly learning how to work together, and focuses on leveraging the talents and strengths of every member of that team. I believe that Apple is lead by such a team.

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Two Kinds of People…

December 3, 2012

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who see a coach as a sign of weakness … and those who know that working with a coach is an avenue to greatness.

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The Creative Spirit

November 6, 2012

Max Weber said long ago that the Protestant ethic provided the underlying spirit of thrift, hard work, and efficiency that motivated the rise of early capitalism. In a similar fashion, the shared commitment to the creative spirit in all its many manifestations is what underpins the new creative ethos that powers our age. — Florida, Richard (2012-06-26). The Rise of the Creative Class–Revisited I am deeply enjoying the profound insights in Richard Florida’s updated classic The…

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