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How to Read a Book a Week

It was the late 1980s and I was sitting in a university lecture hall listening to Abbie Hoffman, an author and an activist, ranting about my generation’s indifference. Next to me was Gloria Emerson, a brilliant and eccentric journalist and author. We were discussing Hoffman’s talk when I told her how much I loved being […]

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The Right Way to Hold People Accountable

John* was doing his best to be calm, but his frustration was palpable. Jeanine was explaining that there was little chance her group was going to make the numbers for this quarter. “Honestly?” she said. “The numbers weren’t realistic to begin with. It was really unlikely that we were going to make them.” That’s when […]

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Are You Trying to Solve the Wrong Problem?

“That’s my shirt, Sophia. Take it off!” “Daniel! Get off my bed!” “Isabelle, get out of the bathroom!” It was 6:45 am and my three kids were already fighting. My wife Eleanor and I have tried everything. We talked to them about how important it is to have a good relationship with your siblings, made […]

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A Healthier Approach to Business Travel

Earlier this year I returned from a two-day meeting on the West Coast. The schedule was reasonable and the travel, this time, was easy. Still, it took me an entire week to recover. It didn’t use to be like this. Maybe I’m getting old? Although business travel can be exciting and even fun, it is […]

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3 Timeless Rules for Making Tough Decisions

I perused the restaurant menu for several minutes, struggling with indecision, each item tempting me in a different way. Maybe I should order them all . . . Is this a silly decision not deserving deliberation? Maybe. But I bet you’ve been there. If not about food, then about something else. We spend an inordinate […]

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How Gratitude Can Help Your Career

I was opening the mail (the real mail, the one delivered by an actual, live person) and between the bills and solicitations, was a single letter, addressed to me, in sloppy — but recognizable — handwriting. Recognizable because the handwriting was mine. At first, I didn’t recall sending myself any mail. I opened the letter […]

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