Death to the Hierarchy

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I picked up a magazine on an airplane last week. I opened to a page that read, “Dissent in the ranks. Difficult employees should be brought in the fold or shown the door.” What fold? The world as it was is no more. I believe that the root problem in our struggling economies is not…
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Why People Don’t Hear You

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Do you believe in the fantasy that other people should listen when you talk? Maybe your parents listened eagerly when you garbled your first words. After that, it’s amazing how many people just don’t seem to hear or understand you. The truth: We used to think that information we speak entered people’s ears and then…
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The Top 3 Sources of Communication Breakdowns

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FACT: All external input—what you see, hear, taste, smell and touch—is filtered through the emotional center of the brain before you are able to use your cognitive brain. RESULT: All information is distorted, no matter how logical you think you are. OUTCOME: Three major causes of communication breakdowns: 1. What You Assumed Would Happen (assumptions)…
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How to Get High

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Most people love feeling good, and seek this sensation in many ways. There are four methods we can turn ourselves on: 1. Artificial Drugs 2. Adrenalin 3. Endorphins 4. Serotonin Most artificial drugs (including caffeine), cause fast-acting shifts in our moods. Unfortunately they diminish our own natural process for creating pleasure. For example, although nicotine…
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The Burden of Greatness

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He looked tired, sad and smaller than I ever remembered him to be. I wanted to shake him, to shock him, and to tell him to stand up and fight like he had always taught me to do. Yet every time I started to argue with him, he turned off his hearing aid and said…
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