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Afternoon and Evening

Got up from an award-winning nap. Ezra Pound stared back from the mirror. Took some Claritin. Feel like I've been featured in a new documentary titled "Allergies: The Energy-Killer." Was ...


First Paragraph

When Charles de Gaulle boarded the small plane that took him from war-torn France to London on 17 June 1940, even he could not have foreseen the way in which he was launching himself on t...


Expert Knowledge

Sippican Cottage built a birdhouse:Everyone knows the birds will not come but you. Everyone knows that everyone but you knows that the birds won't come. We laugh at you because we know th...


Chance

In June 1944, Gestapo agents arrived at the Rothschild home and took Elisabeth to the Ravensbrück concentration camp, where she died. A Gestapo officer ordered that Philippine not be take...


No Day at the Beach

Wally Bock's perceptive post on great work is hard work reminded me of a conversation I had a few years ago with one of the best executives I've ever known. After his retirement, upper ma...


Bate's Boosters

Nicholas Bate has a treasure chest of productivity boosters.


Considerations When Preparing an Ethics Class

Challenging. Practical. Memorable. [Repeat as needed.]


Quote of the Day

Eternity is long. Especially toward the end. - Woody Allen


Time Management – the low tech way

Time management is, in my opinion, a lost cause. We cannot manage time, but we can manage ourselves through focus management. Focus management is a self-leadership skill and one that I pe...


Great Moments in Film Making

From 1973: "Werewolf of Washington." I wonder who coerced Dean Stockwell into this one..


Roy Orbison Break

"Only the Lonely""Sweet Dreams Baby"


First Paragraph

In the summer of 2004, Hurricane Charley roared out of the Gulf of Mexico and swept across Florida to the Atlantic Ocean. The storm claimed twenty-two lives and caused $11 billion in dama...


10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings

Eclecticity Light has the tricks and they are on a handy mug. My favorite:"Tell the presenter to go back a slide."


Cancelled Flights: The Defense

It may seem like the airlines are just out to make your life hell. But as a professor of industrial and operations engineering who has studied the industry for 20 years, I’ve learned that...


Weekly Round-Up: On Balancing the Workload Among Team Members, Why Happiness at Work Matters & Mastering the Art of Negative Feedback

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. Each week I read and tweet several great articles and on Fridays I pull some of the best together here on my...



Music Break

Back by popular demand: Lindsey Buckingham with "Holiday Road."Crank it up.


Good Chemistry

Sippican Cottage has a post from 2007. Well worth reading then and now and at any point in the future. An excerpt:My little son is importunate. He starts his pleasant little harangue the ...


Coaching

Yesterday began early in another Arizona city. I reported to a meeting of executives, managers, and professionals on the draft of a manual which I've been working on with a team of the cl...


Art Break: Hopper

Art Contrarian looks at the work of Edward Hopper.


The Day I Got Schooled on Respect. Again.

Apparently the number of lessons to learn about respect is limitless.  See example below. Recently I was invited to a workshop I was not interested in.  An acquaintance sent me a personal...


Portrait of a Blogger

Kurt Harden of Cultural Offering, a truly excellent blog.


Mock

Mock:Courage and get cowardice.National pride and get tribalism.Honesty and get shiftiness.Industry and get sloth.Organization and get sloppiness.Substance and get hollowness.


Quote of the Day

I've lived my life in a society where there was no rule of law. And that's a terrible existence. But a society where the rule of law is the only standard of ethical behavior is equally ba...


Are You Letting Hurtful Words Sabotage Your Success?

We all know our words are powerful. We can slice someone to pieces with just a few syllables. That’s bad enough, but what happens when we turn that power on ourselves? As a young man, the...