Become A Better Leader: Join A Band

Recently I had the good fortune to come across the work of the British neurobiologist Semir Zeki, author of Inner Vision: An Exploration of Art and the Brain, a seminal book in the field of neuroaesthetics. Why am I so excited about finding Zeki? In his own words, “In our...

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Be Adorable

Someone called me adorable. During a business conversation. I was in Namibia speaking with a local businesswoman. We were discussing NICE, The Namibian Institute of Culinary Excellence, and how it operates. Travel tip: NICE has an excellent and very interesting restaurant operated by the students. I was taken aback of...

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Time For A Clarity Break

It happened! My brain went blank. Four referrals to company founders over a few weeks. Clients calling with emergencies requiring my help…tomorrow. Requests for me to be a good board member and help raise some funds. Lots of scheduled client activities and associated travel. And my mother needing help...

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Save Your Brain

Atrophy in your hippocampus is linked to terrible conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, a degraded hippocampus hurts your episodic memory and your ability to make cognitive maps and to imagine yourself in the future. In case you’re wondering what’s a hippocampus, it’s a small organ...

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Random Requests

We all get them, those random requests to connect on LinkedIn from people we don’t know who want to leverage our connections for their benefit. We may just ignore them; we may take a closer look to figure out why they reached out before hitting the wonderful delete key....

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Comfort To Chaos

“In 1998 Steve Jobs convinced me to leave Compaq to join a company that was on the verge of bankruptcy.” It’s the time for commencement speeches, offering graduates all kinds of advice on how to venture forth in the world, diplomas in hand. At his commencement address at Tulane, Tim...

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Do or Do Not

While wandering through the big swamp a few hundred yards from my house in Birchrunville, I came upon a grayish figure levitating above the water. Disturbed by my approach, he opened his eyes and stared at me intently. We watched each other silently for a bit, me frozen in shock...

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Don’t Just Watch, Observe

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” Yogi Berra Many of us smile when we read a quote from Yogi Berra, noting the humor in his wisdom. (He probably even said quite a few of the observations on life attributed to him).  But if we stop and really think...

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