The Freedom of Discipline

Barry Schwartz, a social scientist at Swarthmore, has written a book called The Paradox of Choice. In his view, our nearly unlimited options in cellphones, salad dressing, toilet paper, even careers...

A Technique for Greatness

Most people are mediocre. I don't want to put too fine of a point on it but that's the definition of the word – mediocre: the median, the average, the ordinary. So how does this sit with you? Care to...


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Cogitus Interruptus

Cogitus Interruptus is the disease of the modern workplace. Its symptoms are familiar to any executive: the inability to complete a thought or a task without losing focus under the onslaught of...

The Honeymoon is Over

Well, the big day has come and gone. Jen and I got married this summer and enjoyed a wonderful summer honeymoon in Greece and Israel. Unfortunately while we were gone the world didn’t slow down much...

The Myth of Multi-Tasking from Dan Markovitz

In their seminal book Lean Thinking, Jim Womack and Daniel Jones state, “things work better when you focus on the product and its needs, rather than the organization or the equipment.” This is a simple and deceptively...

A Technique for Greatness

Most people are mediocre. I don't want to put too fine of a point on it but that's the definition of the word – mediocre: the median, the average, the ordinary. So how does this sit with you? Care to...

The Freedom of Discipline

Barry Schwartz, a social scientist at Swarthmore, has written a book called The Paradox of Choice. In his view, our nearly unlimited options in cellphones, salad dressing, toilet paper, even careers...

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