You Don’t Need Permission

Through the years, entrepreneurs, consultants, and inspirational speakers have turned over ideas about the value of collaboration. The benefits and best practices of working together have been the subject of many a corporate initiative and TED Talk, and the default...

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Work Doesn’t Have To Be So Stressful

The workplace can be unforgiving at times.  We have co-workers, clients, and bosses with expectations of us that don’t wait for our feelings to pass. We have schedules, meetings, and structural rigidity within our organizations that don’t always align...

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Don’t Assume That You’re the Same

Decision-making can be based off intuition, or evidence. Most decisions are informed primarily by the former, as sound evidence can be difficult (and often expensive) to gather. Truly, there is nothing wrong with making decisions based on hard earned experience....

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Ideas Are Like Pistachios

In the context of creative work, ideas are like pistachios.  It takes a little effort to unshell them, and some can be particularly tough to crack open.  The harder we try on a stubborn pistachio, the harder it seems to open, and once we finally get our hands on the...

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The Semblance of Certainty

When you pay for research, you’re buying “insight” (at least if your vendor is competitive in their use of jargon).  But perhaps insight should be sold with a disclaimer:  “Certainty sold separately.”  Or perhaps more honestly: “Certainty’s not for sale.” Too often in...

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Don’t Disrespect the Details

In the age of buzzfeed articles, facebook echo chambers, and the 140 character limit, oversimplification is rampant. While the tendency to simplify isn’t inherently problematic, the rate at which social media churns out broad generalizations is so dizzying that anyone...

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People Interested In People

It’s an oft recited mantra in many industries that “business is all about relationships,” but what does that mean? The word “relationship” loses some of its weight when it’s used in business to signify any association between people in which money changes hands. Let’s...

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