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You should write a book

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Dan Pink when he spoke at a lunch event here in St. Louis. While we were eating lunch waiting for the main event, my friend Gene said to me, “You should write a book.”  Like many people I know, my initial reaction was along the lines of, […]

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FIRST and the sports model – is it getting out of hand?

Dean Kamen’s vision for FIRST is simple to state: To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes. Simple to state, but not nearly so simple to achieve. The FIRST organization have chosen to use the sports model as the […]

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Some early thoughts on Linchpin

In the letter that he sent along with the early review copies of his new book Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, Seth Godin asks us to “read it through (twice if you can)” before we review it. I get the impression from his letter, and from his introduction to the book, that he expects many people won’t like […]

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Jack of all trades, master of one

In his recent Zen Habits‘ article How Passion and Focus Will Rock Your Career, guest blogger Corbett Barr poses what he calls the “jack of all trades” question: Is it better to be a Renaissance man or woman and be good at a lot of different things or to be laser-focused and really great at one specific […]

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My life is my masterpiece

Just inside the entrance to the Art of Living Building in Downtown St. Louis is the following quote: A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his WORK and his PLAY his LABOR and his LEISURE his MIND and his BODY his EDUCATION and his RECREATIONS. He hardly knows which is which. He […]

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Learn from all experience, not just the failures

It was not quite 3 years ago when the New York Times announced that James Cameron had signed on with 20th Century Fox to direct Avatar.  I wrote the following not long after that announcement. = = == === ===== You can – and most definitely should – learn from your mistakes and the mistakes […]

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Don’t judge a new book by an old cover

Is Google making us stupid, as Nicholas Carr and others have told us? I don’t think so. Instead, it is making us differently intelligent. Carr, et al are simply judging this difference, the new type of intelligence, against the old standards. In his article The War On Flow, 2009: Why Studies About Multitasking Are Missing […]

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Use it or lose it (or, The importance of continuous practice)

Talking with a friend this morning about the idea of “use it or lose it”, I told a story about a conversation I had a couple of years ago with my son on the subject of lunar eclipses.  I wrote about that conversation not long after it happened, and since it came up I thought […]

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Cynefin, concept work, and the role of deliberate practice

Over the past week or so there have been several blogs that have helped me pull together a bunch of things I’ve been trying to connect in my mind for a while. First was Harold Jarche’s post Working Together, in which he looked at Shawn Callahan’s ideas on group work against the backdrop of Tom […]

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You don’t get better at writing essays by writing more essays

Though perhaps a bit more rigorous in his approach, what Geoff Colvin has to say about deliberate practice in Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else is not unlike what George Leonard says about “practice” in Mastery or how Josh Waitzkin describes his process of mastering chess and T’ai Ch’i in his […]

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