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How to Turn a Reorganization Into a Leadership Disaster

Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here). You can learn more about Mike and the book

“Papers please.” A John Ray birthday lesson worth remembering

Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho once said, Everything will be okay in the end. If it isn’t okay, it isn’t the end. It’s become one of my favorite inspirational quotes, for a number of reasons. I’m enamored with the


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What video games taught me about lousy customer service

“Not yet, Dad! I have to get to the next level!” That’s the response I got every time I told my then 12-year-old son, Matthew, it was time to stop playing video games and go to bed. It’s hard for a parent who grew up on Space Invaders and Pacman to understand. Those games were simple in comparison to today’s games. Once you finished off a grid of invading space ships or gobbled up all the dots, an identical set appeared in their place. You could stop playing anytime and start again the next day [read more]

Facing the giant

Once upon a time, in a land far away, there lived a very bright and trustworthy young woman. Having learned all she could in her own village, she set out to explore the neighboring lands. After a time, she came upon a great city surrounded by a huge castle wall. “Surely I can learn something new from the people here,” she thought to herself. But after entering the city, she found its people too frightened and depressed to share any wisdom. “Why is everyone here so sad?” she asked. One [read more]

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Going alone: an underappreciated strategy for not missing out on life

Glenda Cecil was born in 1908 in Parker City, Indiana. When she was still a young girl, around the age of twelve, she was invited to attend one of the biggest Christmas parties in the county. Everyone was excited to attend because word had leaked out that the hosts planned something special for the evening hors d’oeuvres: fresh oranges. That may not sound impressive to today’s reader. But in the middle of an Indiana winter in 1920, it was very impressive. At the time, nobody had figured out [read more]

A geneticist, French artist, and English tutor take the stress out of choosing the right college major or career

If you have anyone in your life stressing over choosing the right college major or first career, this week’s story is for you. With all the pressure on kids to go to college, and the ridiculously high cost of doing so, there’s more and more anxiety over choosing the “right” field of study. In the United States, for example, delaying that choice or changing direction even one year in can cost tens of thousands of dollars in added tuition. But even where cost isn’t a major concern, pressure to [read more]