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Top 10 most inspiring moments from robotics in 2015

As follow up to my article on the Top 10 Differences in High School Sports and Robotics – and just home from the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis – I thought I’d share the top 10 most inspiring moments from my

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The Banking Exchange reviews Parenting with a Story

Mallory Barbee, AVP at CBC National Bank in Beaufort, South Carolina, wrote the most insightful review of Parenting with a Story I've seen to date. It's encouraging to an author for someone to notice all the things we


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Chris Ostoich

This man knows a creativity-boosting secret your company isn’t using. . . yet

<Play podcast> Most companies have a policy against moonlighting, even if it doesn’t directly interfere with your main job. Most of them argue that holding down a second job drains you of energy and creativity that you’d otherwise invest in your main job. I suppose that’s one way to look at it. The secret Here’s another way to look at it. When I spoke with Chris Ostoich, the founder of BlackbookEMG (now BlackbookHR) back in 2011, he explained he had a very different policy about [read more]

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Lessons from behind the scenes at President Obama’s 2009 inauguration

<Play podcast> My interview with consultant and author Victor Prince. . . PAUL: Every four years since 1801, Washington D.C. has had the privilege of hosting a presidential inauguration. And it’s more than just a big celebration for those on the winning side of an election. It’s a peaceful transition of power from one commander in chief to another, often across party lines, and I think it speaks volumes about the longevity of the oldest democracy in the world. But whether it’s an [read more]

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Ambition: How to become an adult, raised on your childhood dreams

<Play podcast> Renaissance artist Michelangelo once observed, "The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” I’m convinced that’s true, and perhaps best example of what happens to someone when they set high goals, even if they don’t reach them, is Bob Woolley. The Ambition Ever since the 1960s, countless young boys and girls have spent their days dreaming of becoming an astronaut, orbiting Earth in the [read more]

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Choose your friends wisely. It could save your life.

<Play podcast> When Vijay was a young boy growing up in Chennai, India, his grandmother shared with him a piece of wisdom that most readers will be familiar with, regardless of where you grew up. She told him that if you put one rotting mango in a basket of good mangoes, soon the entire lot will spoil. In the United States the metaphor chosen is often an apple, and I’m sure other fruits are used in other countries. But the message is the same. Choose your friends wisely, because they [read more]