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Get Your Reading Done 2-3 Times Faster

A few weeks ago I wrote about using the audio version of The Economist and other audio resources to keep up with the latest news and information. I’ve learned a few new things since then on the same topic: (1) has a great Android app that allows you to increase the narrator speed up […]

Why Leaders Should Care About Chronic Pain

I was astonished recently to learn that in the United States, 100 million people suffer from chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts more than three months. That’s about a third of the total US population.  What this means is that if you were to poll your friends and colleagues, you’d find that […]

Colin Powell Leadership Tips

I recently watched a video clip of Colin Powell speaking on leadership: He’s still got it. Here is his recipe for good leadership: (1)  Have a purpose.  He likes the word purpose instead of mission, or another term, because I think for him it conveys more a sense of an inspiring future.  To be […]

The Reality Distortion Field

In Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, he talks about the “reality distortion field” that Jobs was able to create around him. This was a phenomenon that colleagues of Jobs talked about, where he was able to convince both himself and those around him of almost anything, through a combination of charisma, the ability to […]

Keeping Up with the Latest

Here’s a tip for leaders who are too busy to read the news: The Economist Magazine has an audio (MP3) version that you can listen to while you drive (or workout, or whatever: In fact, many publications offer audiocast options that are easy to download over the weekend so that you have something interesting […]

A Nose for Talent

Clearly, I have talent on the brain. Partly this was spurred by my own search for talent for some branding and marketing activities within my own business. But it was further spurred by Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo.  Word on the street is that she has adopted the long-standing tradition of the co-founders […]

Talent Density

I recently hired a video producer for some multi-media I am working on.  We had a great initial conversation, I told him what I was looking for, and then after just a few hours of work, he sent me a video that was so far beyond what I expected, it actually shifted what I think […]

Authentic Leadership Development

In the article “Authentic leadership development: Getting to the root of positive forms of leadership,” Bruce J. Avolio and William L. Gardner give an in-depth background and overview of authentic leadership development theory. Here are a few of their ideas that I found helpful: The idea of authenticity has a rich history in the fields […]

Changing Behavior and the 5 Minute Rule

I have a new rule for myself about exercise:  I only have to work out for 5 minutes.  In fact, the real rule is that I don’t have to exercise at all.  What I commit to doing however, is putting on my exercise clothes.  If I’m going running, I put on my running clothes.  If […]