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Have you read the wonderful, deeply counter-cultural lecture on solitude and leadership delivered by William Deresiewicz in spring 2010 to the West Point plebe class? I just found it via David Brooks, and can hardly recommend it enough. Part of what makes the lecture seem so important is the audience hearing it. West Point students are the kind of people who could have gone to Wall Street or started a company two years out of school but instead will soon find themselves face down in the dirt of Afghanistan on Christmas day, scared and cold, leading people they’ve just met, under circumstances that would overwhelm folks like me.
3,568 in Share Jump To Close By Dieter Bohn and Ellis Hamburger Something strange and remarkable started happening at Google immediately after Larry Page took full control as CEO in 2011: it started designing good-looking apps.
The most successful people in business work differently. See what they do--and why it works. Getty
Research firm Forrester understands that everyone who’s been listening with even one ear knows that mobile, social, cloud, and data are big freight trains of change that are crashing through old business models and old business practices. But let’s face it: That train is in the station. What’s next?
by Greg McKeown | 10:00 AM August 8, 2012 Why don't successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call "the clarity paradox," which can be summed up in four predictable phases: Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Losing things stinks and there are few gadgets that actually allow you to use your iPhone to recover something you've lost. That's why we we're excited to run across the StickNFind on crowdsourcing site Indiegogo. The StickNFind works by placing a small Bluetooth sticker onto a remote, pet's collar, or even your child's backpack.
It's not just about your product or service. Customers want you to be the type of person they can trust to get the job done. DreamPictures/VStock
Early birds get all the credit. Research indicates that morning people tend to be more active and goal oriented , and such larks as Steve Jobs, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and 25-year old David Karp, founder of the Tumblr blogging platform suggest that climbing the ladder of success is easier before breakfast . So does that mean night owls are at a disadvantage? Research by Satoshi Kanazawa and colleagues at the London School of Economics and Political Science suggests no. The group discovered significant differences in sleep preferences and found that people with higher IQs are more likely to be night owls . They found an evolutionary shift from being active in the day towards nightly pursuits and that those individuals who preferred to stay up late demonstrated "a higher level of cognitive complexity.”
Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school. But many successful people schedule themselves a kind of grown-up home room every day. You should too. The first hour of the workday goes a bit differently for Craig Newmark of Craigslist, David Karp of Tumblr, motivational speaker Tony Robbins, career writer (and Fast Company blogger ) Brian Tracy, and others, and they’ll tell you it makes a big difference. Here are the first items on their daily to-do list.
Some of you may have tried to reach me this morning and found that I was unavailable. That’s because I was knee high in muck with my husband and some friends. We were out having what I call clamming wars, here on Cape Cod. I have to admit, my team was quite vocal everytime we scored a clam, which by my count was many.
The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think--and why it works. Getty
by Peter Bregman | 11:00 AM May 27, 2009
Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests.
The best problem solvers see a complex problem through multiple lenses. Here's how to become a better strategic thinker and leader yourself.
by Tony Schwartz | 8:53 AM March 14, 2012