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The Right Words Lead To The Right Actions

Great communication can change an audience’s attitude but it can also change the communicator’s behavior. When you say something in a way others need to hear it, you’ll have a stronger likelihood of doing things the way the audience needs them done. This just naturally happens with anyone who wants to be effective and good. […]

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The All-Consuming Quest for the Wrong Thing

Rating for Bad Blood: 10/10 Rating for Man’s Search for Meaning: 7/10 Best line from Bad Blood: I’m fairly certain that she [Holmes] didn’t initially set out to defraud investors and put patients in harm’s way when she dropped out of Stanford fifteen years ago. But in her all-consuming quest to be the second coming […]

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(Admitting) Ignorance Is Bliss

“The neurotic who learns to laugh at himself may be on the way to self-management, perhaps to cure.”  —Victor Frankl One of the more frightening individuals featured in Bad Blood is a man with the most incompatible name I’ve ever known: Sunny. Sunny was not named for his disposition. Throughout the book, he roved in […]

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Imagine Your Second Chance Before Taking Your First

Victor Frankl’s classic book, Man’s Search for Meaning, acknowledges that finding meaning in our efforts can be hard. Whatever it involves, it is first built from our sense of responsibility. This is helpful because, while meaning can be vague, a feeling for doing what is ethically right is usually easy to understand. It doesn’t make […]

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Something We All Want

This week’s feature is a bit unique. It’s a mix of business and philosophy that stems from a fascinating new book and a classic that I kept thinking about while reading it. Together, this will be a discount bundle of book reviews—two for the price of one—mixing John Carreyrou’s bestseller Bad Blood and Victor Frankl’s […]

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Problems That Create More Problems – The Ratchet

We really need to understand what a ratchet is and how to make them. A ratchet is also known as a flywheel from Quint Studer’s book “Hardwiring Excellence” and is a way to describe the self-perpetuating virtuous/vicious circle identified in system dynamics. These phenomena govern much of what we experience in the workplace and elsewhere.  

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Break The Misoneist Bubble

Misoneist? What’s that? Never heard of it. I don’t like it. That’s exactly what a misoneist would say. A misoneist is someone who hates anything new. We all have a bit of this in us but it’s more prevalent among those who have less exposure to things. More exposure to more things leads to more […]

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