Three Rules for Firing People

I did executive career counseling long before ‘You’re fired!” became a meme. That’s how I got to thinking about how end of a job is similar to the end of life. Having made this connection, three guiding principles came into focus. They are: Maintain a ‘least restrictive’ environment. This means allowing the dying person the latitude to do what they need or want to […]

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How to Hire a Doctor

I’m not a hospital administrator or the owner of a clinic, yet over my lifetime I’ve had to hire at least three dozen doctors. They’ve been medical advisors, surgical ‘fixers’, and those who have risen to the job of ushering my family through life’s transitions: beginning, middle, and end. For most of my life, I’ve […]

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Leading Into the Light

Once upon a time, I had to learn how to make a video. It was important, so I spent a few minutes with a very helpful guy at the Apple store, learning the ins and outs of iMovie. (If you know me, you know I never RTFM. I’m that kind of techie…) So technically speaking, […]

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Warning: Powerlessness May Be Dangerous to Your Brain – and Your Business

I remember reading an article another scientist sent me, essentially describing some research in the Netherlands. They conducted three ex­pe­ri­ments, putting Dutch uni­ver­s­ity stu­dents in dif­fer­ent sce­nar­i­os de­signed to make them feel ei­ther dom­i­nant or sub­or­di­nate in ‘rank’. They were then asked to perform think­ing tasks, such as solving puzzles.  The ‘pow­erless’ ones had trouble […]

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