In Search of the Good Life

“Happiness is what you get right before you want more happiness.” – Don Draper, Mad Men As humans, we are not very good at predicting how future events will impact our life. We tend to overestimate the degree to which misfortune (divorce, loss of a job, death of a loved one) will set us back.[…]

Leadership & Solitude: Scheduling Time to Think

On August 11, 1984, the USA Men’s Olympic Volleyball Team faced off against Brazil for a gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics. The coach of the U.S. Team, Doug Beal, arrived at the arena hours before the match. Joining him was his assistant coach and best friend, Bill Neville. The players would arrive later,[…]

Deep, Long-Lasting, Meaningful Work

How do some athletes and artists stay dedicated to their craft over many years, even decades? And throughout that time, how do they continue to improve, and turn in game-changing performances and create break-through works of art? In their book, Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness explore how some individuals are able to find[…]

Avoid ASAP and Urgent in Your Deadlines

“A.S.A.P” and “Urgent” aren’t specific. Neither deadline appears on a calendar nor do they reflect an actual date or time. This, ironically, marginalizes the sense of urgency associated with them.There is a sense of urgency attached to everything we do today. Unfortunately, the most common “deadlines” associated with this sense of urgency – A.S.A.P and[…]

Mind Your Message

When we communicate, what are we really saying with the words we use? Consider these common phrases: no problem, at the end of the day, manage expectations. What do these clichés mean? When we use them, are we effectively communicating? Or are we just using these expressions to fill a void? There’s no judgment here[…]