Archive for June, 2010

Don’t Talk About Doing — Do

We have so many ways of enabling ourselves to avoid doing what we could do with our talent.  My favorite is preparing.  I can prepare by reading.  I can prepare by talking with others.  I can prepare by planning, worrying, speculating about the potential reactions of others, fearing failure. At bottom, the only way to [...]

Gen Y’s Fears Are Ours

Gen Y is not all that different from the rest of us.  Sure, they may be more connected, but we should not go out of our way to find differences — let alone explain them by spurious historical “facts.” Gen Y, like all generational constructs, is imprecise, but Wikipedia defines the generation to include people [...]

Determining Values

What values really guide your behavior?  Not simply what you like to tell other people about what you believe, but deep inside? If we were all introspective and clear-minded, this might be a purely academic question.  But we aren’t, so this isn’t.  I’m including myself here. This means that many of us go through life [...]

Toward Understanding Our Values

Identifying one’s values can bring substantial clarity. I know this from personal experience, but there is research support for the notion that self-insight about values can enhance personal and professional success. Working with values is, in my opinion, one of life’s best practices. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that someone who [...]

On Black Swans — and Giving Books

Things are uncertain.  Just how uncertain?  We generally don’t know, and as humans we are not particularly well-suited to deal with this. That is the message of two books by Nassim Taleb, Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan.  My friend Jim White from Rust Consulting, who has superb taste in books (more on that [...]

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