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If You Hate Small Talk Read This

Small talk creates advantage. You harm yourself, limit opportunities, and frustrate your career when you avoid polite conversations. Who enjoys more opportunity? The person who avoids people or the person who gets to… Continue reading

Calling Out Hypocritical Leaders

“The greatest harm in the world has been done by people with good intentions.” Anonymous The most destructive hypocrites believe they’re authentic. They have good intentions but don’t see their own inconsistency. Teams… Continue reading

3 Practical Lessons from Taking Cold Showers

I’ve been taking cold showers for a couple years. My practice has evolved. Even if you’re smart enough to reject cold showers, these lessons will be useful. Begin warm: My cold shower journey… Continue reading

I Screwed Up

Sometimes when you try to fix a mistake you make things worse. Yesterday, I put the wrong month in WordPress when I scheduled today’s post. I quickly corrected the date. The effect was… Continue reading

3 Ways to Respond to Failure: Get a Bigger Nail

Stephen King hung rejection notices on a nail when he was a kid. When he turned 17, the nail fell out because of all the rejections he’d received. What did he do with… Continue reading

Idiots Don’t Take Notes

You had a brilliant thought and like an idiot didn’t write it down. The opportunity to record a brilliant idea is the time between a lightning flash and the thunder that follows. If… Continue reading