Why I Carried a 7-Pound Dictionary for 2 Years

A "transformation" is a powerful experience. I've experienced at least one. That transformation took about three months. Through it, an idiot became an honors student. ..

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The Right Solution to the Wrong Problem

Ever applied a great solution to the wrong problem? Years ago I joined friends for a guys' sailing weekend out of Bayfield, WI. As I was leaving, Wendy asked me to buy her something nice from a Bayfield gift shop. The weekend over, we sailors loaded the van for the return to Minneapolis. I remembered Wendy's request. Imagining the teasing I'd get from the guys if I said "wait, I need to stop at a gift shop so I can get my sweetie something nice," I kept my mouth shut. Bad idea. ..

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Problem Performers “Cruising” Denial

This is the second in a series of posts looking at the sticky combination of two elements.  Element #1 is a problem performer.  Element #2 is a big-hearted leader. In the first installment, I cited Daniel Gilbert’s summary of what factors trigger human beings to recognize danger.  With that brain “wiring,” poor performers probably will not realize they’re in danger of getting fired. In this post, I'll add another wrinkle:  denial. Cruise Ship Denial In 2012, the Italian cruise ship ..

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