Challenging One Another

It was a typical primate conflict over dinner in a fancy Italian restaurant: one human male challenging another—me—in front of his girlfriend. Knowing my writings, what better target than humanity’s place in nature? “Name one area in which it’s hard to tell humans apart from animals …

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Planet Watching

I love stories about time travel. It’s easy to quibble about the physics of time machines or to balk at the various paradoxes that come up. But there’s something appealing about the idea that we might somehow find a trick that will open up the past and future …

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Back On Track

Occasionally, you may fall off your plan. If you have the resilience to get back on track, you can still steer yourself toward your goal. The key is having a Conversation for Accountability with a colleague you trust in order to discuss what has gone wrong and how you can …

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Talking About Everything

Communication in relationships is essential. When couples have problems in a relationship, the first thing to stop is communication. It is often easier to be calm than crazy. In building love and marriage, just as communication was the first to finish, it must begin first. These days garage doors can …

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Investment Decisions

When people follow their natural instincts, they apply faulty reasoning to investment decisions. Throughout our evolution as a species, we've developed cognitive shortcuts to evaluate evidence that requires a great deal of mental energy. Rather than think through a problem, particularly when it's complicated or unclear, our brains prefer to …

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Mexican Immigration

For the immigrant, the road across the scorching temperatures of the desert is a devil’s highway. In the process of leaving Mexico, crossing the border, and entering into the United States, undocumented Mexican immigrants experience nothing short of a walk across a border of death. Even when they do …

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Closing A Sale

Let's start with a surprisingly insightful sales statistic: A staggering 92% of salespeople report giving up a perspective after hearing "no" four times. In contrast, 80% of the perspectives report that they say "no" four times before saying "yes". An overwhelming majority of people (80%) give the seller at least …

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Make Sure You Get A Life!

Before the pandemic, I led time-management workshops at a number of all-virtual companies’ in-person annual retreats. We studied schedules together; we hashed out improvements. I soon noticed something. People with kids or other caregiving responsibilities were much better about observing an end to the workday. This makes sense: someone has …

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A Trip To The Highlands

The wild landscapes of Scotland’s Highlands and islands offer the ultimate escape – one of the last corners of Europe where you can discover genuine solitude. Since the 19th century – when the first tourists began to arrive, inspired by the Romantic movement’s search for the sublime – the Scottish Highlands …

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Physical Actions

Some people think that they can make it a habit to choose to be happy no matter what happens. And then they get depressed. I have seen that happen to friends of mine. They thought they could will themselves happiness and positivity. Ask your seo expert what type of strategies …

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Thinking Like An Investor

Locating in the investor’s viewpoint the matrix from which assetization makes sense highlights an alternative viewpoint that is increasingly sidelined—namely, that of the entrepreneur. Both personas certainly feature as proxies for complex institutional formations, and both represent central characters in the narratives that dominate the jargon of value …

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Management Is Always Resource Constrained

One of the unfortunate truths of management is that managers often find themselves resource constrained, stuck making difficult decisions about what not to do. Not funding important projects, not hiring much-needed staff, and not purchasing useful equipment are painful choices, yet being forced to say “no” in situations like these …

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India’s Post-Imperial Ascent As A Global Power

Since independence, India has renamed several of its major cities. The names Bombay, Calcutta and Madras were heavily associated with the inauspicious colonial era, when Europeans used these coastal cities to ship goods out of India. In the 1960s Madras was renamed Chennai, and its state changed to Tamil Nadu …

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Your Not Alone

I cried when I read your letter. I cried for you. I cried for me. I cried for all the girls this has happened to.Because we’re not alone. Sometimes when I’m walking down the street, I try to process the statistics. I try to see it in …

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Can You Go Back?

All my life I have been exploring relationships, even though it took me a long time to realize it. In the past I had all sorts of goals, plans and dreams, but very often, even when I was pursuing them with all my heart, things didn’t turn out the …

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Supporting Success

Success derives from the broader context that surrounds the players in a team. Individual players must cross a threshold of talent, whether that talent is a genius for comedy, natural athletic ability, or mental dexterity. But continuing success is not a matter of raw talent. Winning on the playing field …

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