August 15, 2018 - 11:00 am
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Over the years, I’ve seen two or three copies of the above letter posted in creative workplaces. But I never knew its origins until I came across it recently while meandering my way through Letters of Note (an excellent

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May 3, 2018 - 9:57 am
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Here’s a little history lesson that has plenty of present-day applications. President James Garfield was shot in 1881 but held on for 80 days before dying. During those days, Americans kept hoping Garfield would somehow survive, because few folks

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August 17, 2017 - 5:53 am
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If you saw “The Descendants” film, you almost certainly remember the closing scene, where George Clooney’s character and his daughters sit silently on the couch, passing ice cream back and forth. In that moment, not a word was spoken,

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April 5, 2017 - 12:02 pm
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For centuries, childbirth was a major cause of death for women. But around 1630, Peter Chamberlen, a British doctor, invented a special instrument to assist women in labor. Nobody knew what that instrument was, because Doctor Chamberlen and his

Regrets 2
March 28, 2017 - 2:48 pm
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Do you sometimes dwell on mistakes or failures? Or do you kick yourself endlessly for decisions you made – or perhaps didn’t make? In A Touch of Wonder, Arthur Gordon tells of the method a psychiatrist friend used to

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March 20, 2017 - 4:20 pm
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“There ain’t no future in the past.” That line from a Vince Gill song has it right — especially when it comes to fresh ideas. Creativity lives in today and aims for the future. Even the guy who wrote

Trust
March 8, 2017 - 3:40 pm
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A recent New York Times editorial piece references this excerpt from the book, The Speed of Trust: “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy and civilization throughout the world –