The Obstacle Is the Way
Through the ages, people have relied on the philosophy of Stoicism to conquer their difficulties. In addition to ancient Greeks and Romans, proponents included Frederick the Great, Michel de Montaigne, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Adam Smith and Theodore Roosevelt. Every year, former US president Bill Clinton studies the writing... Read more
The Sports Gene
Can Malcolm Gladwell’s famed “10,000-hour rule” – which defines the length of time a person needs to master a skill – explain Donald Thomas? He’s the world champion Bahamian high jumper who triumphed despite his lack of experience, his indifference to training and his rough technique. As sports journalist... Read more
The Culture Map
A German human resources manager arrives right on time for your meeting, but the Nigerian executive is 20 minutes late. Your Japanese hosts invite you out for a night of drinking – do you have to go in order to do business? Feedback from a candid French manager leaves... Read more
Overworked and Overwhelmed
Many professionals feel burned out due to increased responsibilities at work, a corporate downsizing or restructuring, the constant onslaught of technology, or other aspects of modern life. Leadership coach Scott Eblin shows busy executives how to develop mindfulness through awareness and intention. He created the “Life GPS” model to... Read more
Agile Selling
Companies give most businesspeople the time they need to learn their jobs. However, sales professionals rarely get that opportunity and often must learn everything on the fly. Companies often expect salespeople to produce right away, but that isn’t always possible or prudent. Veteran sales expert Jill Konrath explains how... Read more
Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success
Life is a matter of choices. You can repeat the same dull routine every day for years or decide to look within yourself for the special gift that will unlock your potential. Let comedian and talk-show host Steve Harvey, a rags-to-riches victor himself, inspire you to reach for the... Read more
Present Shock
Decades ago, futurist Alvin Toffler said change would accelerate so fast that people would experience “future shock.” Tech expert Douglas Rushkoff believes today’s problem is “present shock.” Phones beep constantly with tweets and text alerts that are immediately outdated. Firms make decisions based on short-term gains. Rushkoff argues that... Read more
Sacred Success
Barbara Stanny, a coach specializing in women and finance, merges the importance of personal fiscal knowledge with the spiritual messages of A Course in Miracles by Helen Schucman and William Thetford. Stanny discusses four steps women can take to fulfill their true purpose – though she recommends gaining financial... Read more
Show Your Work
Learning and development practitioner Jane Bozarth “shows her work” in this beautifully illustrated manual. Most people agree that in general the journey is as worthwhile as the destination. But when it comes to your work, other people generally see only your destination – your final product. People largely ignore... Read more
Selfish, Scared and Stupid
Don’t be self-centered, cowardly or dumb – well, of course not, you may think. After all, such well-meaning admonitions drawn from conventional wisdom are almost universally accepted. Yet according to behavioral researchers Dan Gregory and Kieran Flanagan, being “selfish, scared and stupid” has been and still is a primary... Read more