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An Argument for Nuance

An unfortunate aspect of our discourse is the tendency toward simplistic explanations for complex problems. Unfortunately, most things in life are complicated.

Short Term Focus in Business

It is part of American culture to view the world through a short term lens. The US is a primary shaper of business practices, it is, therefore, natural that the business world has taken this as the natural right answer. What are my concerns? Let’s review them.

Meditation

The toughest part of meditating for the majority of prospective meditators is doing it. I discuss some helpful advice in this article.

Fear and Divisiveness

It is fairly common knowledge that the media, activists and politicians exaggerate the differences in society, the threats present and the evil intentions of those on the different side of a debate. What should we do about it? I will lay out my approach.

Understanding

I have noticed that there is an epidemic in the world today of people that do not feel understood. What could we do to make it better?

Become a World Class Friend

What kind of changes would the world see if we all set a goal to be a world class friend? If we were conscious of it going into / during our time with friends.

Contribution

The purpose of life, in my estimation, is to contribute. Contribute to those around me… my family, friends and society.

Enough / Contentment

I am at the age where people generally buy boats, RVs or vacation homes. Instead, I am choosing a route of contentment.

Exercise

The benefits of exercise are not only well documented, but known by nearly everyone. However, many of us haven’t taken the lesson that we learned and turned it into a consistent habit.

Journaling

Give journaling a try. It has been a real boon in my life. I am certain that it would be for you as well.

Be Present

Being present in the current moment is incredibly beneficial. It is also too rare.

Educate Yourself

One way to create / maintain competence is through education. Commit to using the resources at your disposal today.

Seek Feedback

One of the most important ways to get better is seeking feedback from those around you.

Read Daily

One of the most important habits of lifelong learners is reading. However, only 27% of the adult US population has read at least one book in the past 12 months.

Habit Stacking

Wisely chosen habits are incredibly important to a well lived life. Learn one way to establish good habits.

Clarify Your Thoughts By Writing

I have found over time that there are some situations that need serious thinking. They require thoughtful consideration. However, I have a powerful weapon that is a huge aid for me.

Get Some Sleep

Getting enough sleep will optimize both your mental and physical health. It is a strong investment in your success. Find out the best practices in sleep hygiene.

Prepare to be Wrong

Experimentation, creativity and innovation require risking being wrong. Therefore, a genuine, versus theoretical, willingness to be wrong is vital to generate transformative ideas. Learn how through a couple of role models.

Mindset at Work

Choosing a mindset that helps us to thrive at work can be a powerful investment in both our success at work and in our personal happiness. How could you go about doing that? Click through and find out.

Pendulum Theory

I have had a theory for many years that a) many of life’s most complex questions do not have an exact answer b) even if you answered them correctly for today, the answer would change tomorrow. How should you handle them?

Social Investment

There are few things as important to your personal happiness as your social network. Start investing in your social networks today and see your happiness skyrocket.

Confident Humility

Confident humility is the sweet spot between arrogance and ultimate humility. Find out why and the benefits of finding it.

Turning Around An Underperforming Employee

If you have an employee that is underperforming, you must act to ensure that things turn around. You cannot afford poor performance on your team no matter how good things are going otherwise. See my best practices.

National Debt

It seems that we have lost sight of the national debt in recent years. That is not because it isn’t there or isn’t growing.

Mistake Vs. Conflict Theory

There are two interesting theories of political discourse: Conflict Theory and Mistake Theory. Let’s investigate each of them, and see what we might learn about a superior path.

Importance of Psychological Safety for a Team

Psychological safety is the shared belief that a team environment is safe for interpersonal risk taking. It is when you can share your best / wildest ideas without fear that it might damage your status or career. Why is it important? How do you develop it on your team? Click through to find out.

Creativity

When the obvious or existing ideas don’t suffice to solve your problems or improve your circumstances, it is time to bring your creativity to the table.

Compassion

Compassion is a key component of emotional intelligence. One where you can never have enough. How could we continue to develop our empathy?

Finding Abundant Curiosity

Curiosity is an important trait. It’s especially important when you need to discover more about what is going on before deciding or acting.

Post Traumatic Growth

We are all familiar with the idea of post traumatic stress syndrome. However, there is a positive idea that describes the opposite effect. Find out how to take advantage of the science.

Judging Everything

We are constantly judging everything in our lives including ourselves, the others around us and the circumstances we find ourselves in. See how you might find a better path by letting some judgments go.

Choosing When to Extend Trust

It is incredibly important to be wise about how we extend trust to other people in our life. Read this new article to see the framework that I find useful.

Trust & Greatness

How might a timely extension of trust impact those around you? Click here on my latest article to find out.

The Scourge of Team Politics

The pursuit of power has corrupted the ideal of our trustee form of government. Now, individual politicians worry more about getting reelected than what is right. What should we demand instead?

Taking Pride In Being Smart

Intelligence is a big predictor of success in life. However, the belief that we are smart can lead to ugly downsides. What should we do instead?

Afraid of Change?

People are afraid of change. I acknowledge that. However, they are not afraid of all changes. Of the changes that they fear, they are not afraid of all of them equally. What is the difference?

Speak About Others As If They Were Present

In talking negatively about a friend, colleague or acquaintance with someone, we can frequently think that we are building camaraderie. However, the strategy is deeply flawed. Find out what to do instead.

You Are What You Tolerate

It is an axiom of leadership that you are what you tolerate. That bad behavior that you tolerate; that becomes the perception of you with your employees, colleagues and the marketplace.

Show Respect

Our society works best when we respect one another. It means everything that we see the dignity in each of the people around us. Plus, you must think through how you can show each person in your life that you respect them.

Ranked Choice Voting

It seems that every election cycle most Americans are unhappy with the choices. We end up making a “lesser of the evils” choice. Let’s look at a possible solution.

Organizational Design for the Greatest Success

Sometimes, I think we miss the simple genius of how organizations are built for greatest success. The building blocks could be viewed as a) policies, processes, procedures and work instructions, b) recruiting and retaining the best people possible and c) architecting and creating a world class culture. Let’s take a look at how they interoperate.

Dealing with Interruptions

While some level of interruptions to our work is inevitable, it should not be treated as inevitable. We should always be working to minimize them.

Overcoming Emotions in Decision Making

For the best decision making, don’t let fear or pride get in the way of what is right. Too often, we feel that familiar pang of fear and shrink from the possibilities. Find out how to do better.

Unsatisfactory Parts of Modern Society

I wrote this article to describe things that, while they seem intuitive or logical, are unsatisfactory to our long term thriving. Then, I realized that they sound silly and not logical at all.

Get Organized

Being organized is a foundational success skill. If you are looking for some tips on how to get there; click through to find out how.

Overcoming Binary Decision Making

“Should we do this or that?” That is often the start of a journey down a dangerous path. Why? Because it ignores the many other possible paths. Find out how to increase your chances of decision making success.

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