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How Most Subs Give Anything But a Sub-Par Performance

When you hear “substitute,” what comes to mind? I think about substitute teachers. When I was a kid, a substitute teacher was not really asked to teach—he or she was more of a caretaker, someone called in to babysit a … Continue reading

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Lincoln, Lincoln, I Been Thinkin’. . . .

Before the results of the November 6, 2012, general election were known, I wrote this note to you in the spirit of neutrality, as a political observer of the whole scene upon our field of competition. Even though I hold … Continue reading

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The U.S. Open Tennis Championship Gives Us Two Striking Patterns of Success

Wouldn’t it be something if we truly understood what causes some to succeed beyond all expectations, while others fall short of their dreams and aspirations?  Talk about a sure-fire best seller—the book that spelled out that answer! Just trying to … Continue reading

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Effort-Based Results – The Olympics, Your Company and Your IQ

Recently Ken Bain wrote a fascinating article based on his forthcoming book, What the Best College Students Do (August 27, 2012).  Dr. Bain explains that most people think of intelligence as a sum-total game, one in which each of us … Continue reading

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The Truth About the “God Particle” and Other “Genius Discoveries”

Last week, numerous press pieces heralded the near certainty that the elusive Higgs boson exists. Theoretical physicists confirmed that this discovery is one of the great moments in scientific history. Wow! A statement like that includes a lot of discoveries, … Continue reading

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In Baseball as in Organizations, Players, not Tactics, Win Games

Recently I read a review article about a new book on baseball managers. The author was comparing several managers to answer the question: “Who is the better manager? Someone steeped in strategic acumen, the type of guy who constantly shuffles players … Continue reading

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Win or Lose, Coach K Is Surely a Winner!

The NCAA tournament is a high-stress crucible. And when emotions run high, be it in the midst of a sporting event or a daily event in our lives and in the workplace, we always find much to learn within that … Continue reading

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Undercover Bosses Learn to “Manage Through Their Fingertips”

Have you watched the TV show Undercover Boss? The plot is simple. The CEOs of well known companies assume fictitious identities.  Posing as workers-in-training, they are introduced to co-workers–most often those engaged in tedious, entry-level jobs in the boss’s own … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Choices by Panera

I just read a wonderful news article about the Panera Cares Café. Here is how it works:  after a customer places an order, the café clerk tells the customer the suggested price of the meal; the customer can pay that … Continue reading

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Celebrations, Life’s Bookmarks to Revel in the Accomplishments of People and Businesses Alike

Today was a memorable day, indeed—one of those celebration opportunities for me. I attended a ceremony at which ten World War II veterans were awarded the French Legion of Honor, the highest award that the French government can bestow.  Other … Continue reading

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