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Reasons People Drown in Chronic Stress

Today, I heard a repeat of a 2011 segment on the NPR show, Here and Now, called “What You Don’t Know About Drowning.” Francisco Pia, who used to lifeguard at Orchard Park in Western New York, observed that the popular conception of someone in the throes of drowning is the opposite of what real...

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Bicycle Love

I’ve always had the attitude that my bike is just a workhorse:  usually a second-hand vehicle to get me from one place to another, maybe not a perfect fit for me, but there when you need it.  When necessary, I’ll fix a punctured tube and put a little grease on the chain. Being someone ...

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What is Effectiveness?

Every once in a while I hear or read comments that “effectiveness” is just another fancy catchword or meaningless lingo for your resume. When I do I get a frown on my face. The reality is that effectiveness is of utmost importance in our personal lives, careers, and how organizations fun...

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Throw Yourself in the Mix

A few days ago, I was asked by a new grad where I got the confidence to start my own business. My answer at the time was that over the past 24 years of working for other people, I’ve gotten a lot of experience as an intrapreneur: getting new things started, turning lousy situations around, [&helli...

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Who Am I? Really?

It’s really difficult to look at yourself with any objectivity when you’re you. It’s why we don’t easily take the lessons learned from others and say: “yeah, that’s exactly what I’m going through so I’m gonna take that advice you’re so kindly off...

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Innovative AND Fun!

For a couple of hours on some Thursdays, I volunteer at the Advice Booth at Venture Cafe. The Cafe is housed in the Cambridge Innovation Center at One Broadway, on the 4th floor. After registering when you arrive, you can meet a wide variety of like-minded people who are passionate about innovation,...

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Time Management or Values Management?

My clients are some of the most well-educated, accomplished, and interesting people out there. They know about self-discipline, hard work, and staying focused. In fact, they’ve been doing it through their youth, in school, and in their work. They’ve succeeded in their businesses or in th...

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Stretch Adventures for a New Year

I don’t subscribe to the idea of starting new things at the new year because it generally implies that you’re putting off starting earlier. The new year can act as an artificial barrier to jump-starting what you may as well begin right away. Another way to look at it is: is there any goo...

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The Art of Building Capacity

When we run out of ideas or energy, we can’t always pull the lever and get more. Or can we? You won’t get good at doing this overnight, but yes, one can expand the internal capacity to generate more ideas and re-energize. Here’s something to get yourself started. Notice that you...

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What’s that Twinge I Felt?

Confession: I made a series of misstep today. First, I left my house and didn’t realize that I forgot my cell phone. Second, I stay at one meeting later than I meant to because I didn’t have my phone to check the time. Then, I showed up really late for my next meeting with someone [&hell...

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