How to Live

There are lots of things I don’t know, but I do know how to live. Someone once suggested that I learned it from this exchange between master and student from the classic TV series, Kung Fu:  Po: He who knows how to live need not fear death. He can walk without fear of rhino or tiger. […]

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5 Wrong Things Experts Told Me

One of the dangers of being a good listener is that, well, you listen. Combine this with a tendency to believe that other people generally know what they are talking about, and you’re in trouble. Here are the five worst I’ve gotten – and have, as of this moment, given up: 1. If you are […]

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The ABC of XYZ

Thanks to Quora.com, someone asked how you promote personal development within an organization. I don’t know the questioner’s rank in their organization, but I suspect they are more of a minion than the Felonious Gru… which of course gives them all the more credibility in my eyes. Here’s my answer: People grow. This happens naturally, […]

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On Funnels & Filters

“Why does he do that shit?” My caller, an old friend who has learned that I’ll try to answer any question, no matter how complicated, obscure, or expressed with strong emotion, was truly puzzled. When my immediate answer was, “There’s a lot of it going around,” I knew I had heard the same question (albeit, […]

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How to Succeed at Your Next Job

I hope you didn’t lose a job you loved, but as the unemployment rate soars, the odds are getting better that you’ll have an easier time succeeding at your next job than whatever you were doing before the apocalypse. Here are my top tips: Get the lay of the land so you know where the […]

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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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