Le Bucket List

I’ve added to and published my bucket list. Nothing like some transparency to create accountability. Universe, meet dent. Do you have a bucket list? What will you look back on and wish you had done? You also might enjoy: My 2011 Reading List The Spark of Cirque Giving Small Talk a Facelift My Summer Vacation […]

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Diamonds and Elevators

Funniest line to appear in my inbox recently: “Signing off until the next edition, which we promise will come sometime in the next 2 to 17 months.” Who from but the fabulous Heath Brothers with their wisdom-rich nuggets and great sense of humour. I finally read one of the articles they suggested (hint: it’s about […]

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Q or A: Pick Your Tribe

Seth Godin doles out brilliance daily. If he were Mary Poppins his spoonfuls would be of pants-kicking instead of sugar. Like this one on questions or answers: You can add value in two ways: You can know the answers. You can offer the questions. Relentlessly asking the right questions is a long term career, mostly […]

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Giving Small Talk a Facelift

Many years ago I read about retiring the standard small talk question “What do you do?” You know the scene: you meet someone at an event, introduce yourselves and within moments one of you will ask that question. And while it does promote social civility, it doesn’t do much for helping the conversation progress into […]

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Do You Know Your Purpose?

Last week a group of managers and I chartered the territory of Dan Pink’s TED talk on the surprising science of motivation. I’m always a little nervous about what their reaction is going to be (so far there hasn’t been a mutiny against me!). In the discussion after the video we end up at the […]

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