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Books for the Summer

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Do you have your summer books stacked and ready to read? I do. I typically go into the summer with an ambitious pile of books to read that usually carry over into the fall and the end of the year. For my entire adult life, I have kept a three-subject […]

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Turning 30

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On March 2, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sprained his ankle for the third time this season. On March 8, he sprained it again. On March 14, he turned 30. Any connection? When you’re in your 20s, 30 seems like such an adult number, which is another way […]

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4 Metrics of Childrearing

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A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining whom to hire out of this program, he looks for only three capabilities: Work ethic Problem solving ability Relational skills […]

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Watch Out For Snowballs

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He could have told the truth the first time a reporter asked the question. He had multiple chances. He could have come clean during his famous Larry King interview. He could have owned up when a former teammate came forward. But . . . he didn’t. Over and over he […]

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7 Characteristics of a Great Manager

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As I’ve outlined elsewhere, managers drive results and deliver outcomes through the skillsets of others. That may sound manipulative, but the best managers are coaches, not manipulators. Accordingly, managing is a bit of a dance. I’ve been studying, thinking about, talking about and writing about managing for a few decades […]

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Turning 40: The Old Age of Youth

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There’s an imaginary line that runs along the Rocky Mountains and from time to time, it’s marked by signs like this one: Every drop of rain that falls on the right side of the sign ends up in the Pacific Ocean. Every drop that falls on the left side makes […]

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How to Add More Time to Your Work Day

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Delegation can be tough. It’s gut-wrenching to give up decisions or projects you care strongly about, and then it’s doubly gut-wrenching when it goes wrong. See what happens when one city manager delegates the task of selecting a new city slogan. In reality, of course, delegation is a necessity if […]

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