Category: Motivation

The Missing Dash

It has been said that a person’s tombstone marks three things: the beginning of life, the end of life, and a dash to represent everything in between. As we go through life cramming as much as we can into our dash, other people have dashes that cross over into ours as well. Regardless of the length …

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Cynicism Is Also a Basis for Ethics

This article originally was posted on May 10, 2013 under the title “Corralling, Conquering, and Cultivating Cynicism.” To say that this was edited for the series on ethics would be too kind… it has been butchered, disassembled, and put back together again. Cynicism is one of the basic foundations of how we think and is …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Rage Against The App

Managing expectations is the first rule of politics, marketing, diplomacy, and any other form of messaging between people. My father taught me that people should always know that my word was my bond… and this is not a subset of that philosophy but the very heart of it. Building and maintaining trust means that people …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Flattery Without Fakery

One of the most difficult things to do is to give someone a sincere compliment without sounding a little bit cheesy. Even the everyday words we teach our kids to say reflexively are tinged with slight hypocrisy because they happen by brainwashing rather than actually thinking about it. “Tell your sister you’re sorry.” How about, …

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Off the Grid: Not Necessarily HR – Run-Flat Tires

The last time I went shopping for a new car, I almost didn’t select my first choice because it only came with run-flat tires. I had seen the commercials where a mother and her young child were on the side of a deserted road with a flat tire… in the rain of course for added …

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