Warming ‘em up for the big day

June 16, 2012

Olympians train for four years (and a lifetime) to prepare for their event at the Games. Sometimes that event only lasts 30 seconds. But even when it lasts a couple of hours, the contrast between the lead up time and the actual playing time is enormous. I imagine that both the athletes that give the […]

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For THAT? Give ‘em THIS.

May 12, 2012

Frans Johansson wrote an incredible book called, The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures. The point that he makes excruciatingly clear is that, quite often, inspired ideas come from the unlikeliest of places. Here’s an example from Johansson: “Volvo has delved into a new, fascinating, and intersectional, initiative.  The […]

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How nice, how aligned

February 9, 2012
tv dream blur

As a parent of school age children, there is nothing more frustrating than the sudden realization that my kids are now getting their information from sources other than our family. When we were their one and only encyclopedia, things were good. It gave me this sublime sense of control. Even when, and this never, ever […]

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Finally. Something we can control.

January 5, 2012
no longer needed

From what I’ve heard, we all have the same _______ (fill in the blank, eg. boss, family member, friend). The one who refuses to be wrong. And who believes that the only way not to be wrong, is to make everyone else wrong. Like blame musical chairs. And let’s face it. Sometimes we are that […]

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The muscles know…because they do

November 29, 2011
like riding a bike

This is going to sound worse than it’s meant to, but when I started thinking about this post, I wanted to think of an example of something that I couldn’t do…and I couldn’t think of anything. I’m just not a person who says “I can’t do that.” But I know people who are. A colleague, […]

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Why wings are good to have

July 26, 2011

I’ve recently learned about the enneagram—an ancient system of personality typing. In business, it’s generally used as a tool to increase understanding of workplace dynamics. And, to that end, it’s also used to gain self-awareness and the subsequent success that comes from knowing who you are and how you operate in the world. The enneagram […]

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There’s more than one way to skin a…

July 22, 2011

Note: I am fascinated by LEGO® products . Always have been. And I recently learned some things that took the WOW factor up several notches. * There is a proprietary software used by LEGO Group that takes any image and transforms it into a 3-D image…a blueprint of LEGO bricks, layer by layer. This took […]

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Keep it in the jar

July 15, 2011
wrong tool

A friend of mine was telling me about her chicken soup. Or rather, the process of making it. It’s long and involved, and includes things like soaking the chicken in cold water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for one hour before cooking it for 24. She cooks the soup in a monstrous stainless […]

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When it doesn’t matter where it goes

July 12, 2011
medium agnostic

Imagine you’re a newspaper reporter…and you’re on assignment to write the article of the century—front page, above the fold, breaking news. It’s going to take at least a year to research and write the story. But the newspaper world is a bit, shall we say, shaky…and your editor honestly can’t tell you where your final […]

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The tip of technology

July 8, 2011

I had horrible service the other night at a restaurant. My gut reaction was to not leave a tip, but in the end I couldn’t do it. Why? Because tipping—waiters, cab drivers, hair dressers—has become part of our culture. It’s what we do. Which is funny and so wrong. T.I.P. actually stands for ‘To Improve […]

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