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Questionable Career Advice

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It started in high school. I began to hear bits of advice ("If you want to be a doctor, you should study German") that turned out to be so far off the mark that I wish I'd jotted them down.

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Novels for Leaders

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It could be the ultimate "bad boss" novel

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Today's To Do List

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Stack the deck in your favor. Remember that time is limited

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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[Photo by Casey Allen at Unsplash

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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The Beauty of Paper

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FutureLawyer, whose reputation as The Techie of All Techies is unquestioned, has now kindly posted an amusing picture showing the advantages of paper - paper! books. Each of the advantages is true. I recently thought of a few while jotting in margins and dog-earing a book.

Getting Back to Basics

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There are decent and intelligent people who voted for Hillary Clinton. There are decent and intelligent people who voted for Donald Trump. All of them are our fellow Americans and they deserve, as a minimum, some basic respect and even - dare I say it? some friendliness.

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Perfect

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Take some time today and check out Cultural Offering's list of perfect albums. After studying the list, compile the Top Ten. If none of the following made your list, review your work. Abbey Road Blood on the Tracks Brothers in Arms In the Wee Small Hours Kind of Blue Red Headed Stranger Revolver

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Weekend Leadership Reading

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Wally Bock has assignments for us. Photo by Michael D Beckwith at Unsplash

Problem or Inconvenience?

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I think the oddest thing about the advanced people is that, while they are always talking about things as problems, they have hardly any notion of what a real problem is. - Chesterton [Photo by Sebastiaan Stam at Unsplash

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Attention: All Beatles Fans

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Nicholas Bate - consultant, blogger, author, Man Who Never Sleeps and major Beatles fan - should check out this trailer for the new film "Yesterday." Clever. Photo by Umberto Cofini at Unsplash

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Always Worth Checking

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The Sovereign Professional combines classic wisdom with what's happening out there right now. Photo by NICO BHLR at Unsplash

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As the Weekend Approaches

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Notes to coaching clients. Billing. Preparatory test for some surgery. Dog to groomer. Finalizing a briefing on Arizona's leadership. Thank-you notes that are long overdue. Book suggestions requested by clients. Resolving a question about a board's policies. Reading two novels about French Indochina.

Modern Times

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‘Let the jury consider their verdict,’ the King said, for about the twentieth time that day. ‘No, No, no!’ said the Queen. Sentence first — verdict afterwards.’ Stuff and nonsense!’ said Alice loudly. The idea of having the sentence first!’ - From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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Words and Wishes

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"It was a long while ago that the words God be with you disappeared into the word good-bye , but every now and again some trace of them still glimmers through." - Frederick Buechner [Photo by Cristina Gottardi at Unsplash

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"A Tale of Teens in Two States"

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Political Calculations compares California and Texas. An excerpt: Here, we see that both states start out in a similar place, where from 2003 to 2005, the share of the teen population with jobs in California and Texas was about the same.

Happy Valentine's Day

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Time

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If respected, an ally. If neglected, an adversary

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There is a Quiet Joy

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There is a quiet joy when preparing a class that has so many good things that the challenge is in deciding what to leave out

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Business Travel

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Kurt Harden at Cultural Offering discusses the difficulty/impossibility of getting a decent night's sleep at a hotel. I have the same problem. The closest I've gotten to a solution is to bring my own pillow but that only improves the situation while not removing the overall problem. Let's face it.

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Learning from Policy Governance

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The Policy Governance Model developed years ago by John Carver and Miriam Carver is a very savvy way of fostering positive relationships between a non-profit board and the organization's Chief Executive Officer.

Novels for Leaders

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And Speaking of Lincoln

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Novels for Leaders

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“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded.

Memorable

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Brian Keith as Theodore Roosevelt in "The Wind and The Lion

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Quick Look

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The trailer for "Lincoln

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Presidents' Day

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President Warren G. Harding in a natural pose Let us remember and honor the giants

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The Counterinsurgency Novel

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"It's difficult to explain exactly, but it's rather like bridge as compared to belote. When we make war, we play belote with thirty-two cards in the pack. But their game is bridge and they have fifty-two cards: twenty more than we do. Those twenty cards short will always prevent us from getting the better of them. They've got nothing to do with traditional warfare, they're marked with the sign of politics, propaganda, faith, agrarian reform. What's biting Glatigny?" "I

The Why of Drucker

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Harvard Business Review: Alan Kantrow on "Why Read Peter Drucker

When Slow is More

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There is an odd prejudice in favor of speed. The idea that faster is better makes no sense in many situations, especially those related to pleasure.

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Nominate an Album

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Cultural Offering has the nominees for Perfect Album. Any additions? Photo by Jamakassi at Unsplash

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Nominee for Perfect Album

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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[Photo by Ray Hennessy at Unsplash

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Recently Arrived

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Time Travel: LA

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A fascinating video of a trip through Los Angeles in the 1940s. Shades of Raymond Chandler. Some day in the future, people would love to see a clip of the everyday trips we take through our neighborhoods

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Weekend Leadership Reading

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Wally Bock has some assignments for us. Photo by Jack B at Unsplash

Self-Portrait

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East or West coast? West London or New York? London Dog or cat? Dog Red or white wine? Red Summer or fall? Fall Hammett or Chandler? Chandler Nixon or McGovern? Nixon Lee or Grant? Grant Mozart or Handel? Handel Drucker or Peters? Drucker E-book or paper? Paper Aristotle or Plato?

Just Because

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A few reasons to make a daily visit to A Layman's Blog

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Case Examples

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I love using case examples when teaching. People like stories and the case examples permit them to see how key principles fit into the real world.

Novels for Leaders

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If you want a look at a very different world

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Novels for Leaders

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Well-written, thrilling, and with a clear eye on how power can corrupt

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TV Back Then

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Alfred Hitchcock Presents: " Escape to Sonoita." Photo by Joshua Ness at Unsplash

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No Problem

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FutureLawyer on how to stay productive when there is a snowstorm