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Don't Forget

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[Photo by Aaron Burden at Unsplash] The team members who always do what they say they will do. The person who spoke up for you while others remained silent. The colleague who listened to all perspectives and then was able to identify what everyone else had missed.

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A Prescription I've Been Longing For

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Following this morning's skin-carving procedure - no photos will be provided - my dermatologist prescribed a regimen for which I've longed. She said, "Be lazy for a couple of days." I thought, "I can handle that." It reminded me of a story I've mentioned before about one of my aunts.

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Is It Numb?

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[Photo by rawpixel at Unsplash] My forehead and I get to spend some scalpel time with a dermatologist this morning; penance for my having had a childhood in Phoenix in the days when a tan was desirable, sunscreen was unknown, and swimming was a big part of life. Back later. Old Lizard

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And Now for a Minor Rant

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This is for all of the techies out there. Many of us far-from-tech-savvy folks continue to be perplexed by the lack of simple commands and procedures in software. It seems that what is "intuitive" to techies is not intuitive to the rest of us.

Some Little Moment

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[Photo by Jeffrey Blum at Unsplash] Some little moment, some slight facial expression, word, tone, comment, hesitation or gesture that was not here seconds ago but by now has arrived and gone and you know, for good or ill, you will remember it the rest of your life

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On My List

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The trailer for "The Hollow Crown

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It's International Talk Like a Pirate Day

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[Photo by Vladislav Todorov at Unsplash] As if I needed to tell you. You've probably been planning for weeks. Of course, Robert Newton set the standard

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Genius

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[Photo by John Moeses Bauan at Unsplash] The trailer for "Magician: The Astonishing Life & Work of Orson Welles

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The Kavanaugh Hearings

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Noah Rothman in Commentary Matt Ford in The New Republic Dick Polman in The Atlantic Andrew C. McCarthy in National Review

Seeing Your Neighbor

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[Photo by Timothy Barlin at Unsplash] To love your neighbor is to see your neighbor. To see somebody, really to see somebody, you have to love somebody.

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Perspective

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[Photo by Wang Xi at Unsplash] Take a walk. Read a classic novel. Delve into some philosophy. Call an old friend. Write a thank-you note. Watch a great film. Listen to some classical music. Avoid being consumed by the crisis of the moment.

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First Paragraph

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[Photo by Cristina Gottardi at Unsplash] The beginning of the Peloponnesian War is now 2,436 years in the past. Yet Athens and Sparta are still on our minds and will not go away. Their permanence seems odd.

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The Chain

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TED Talk: Bob Davids on leadership without ego

Coming Out in December

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"The Girl from Ipanema"

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Her song is at The Hammock Papers

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"The Last Man on Earth"

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[Photo by Leio McLaren at Unsplash] Cultural Offering reviews the series and then outlines what he would do if he were the last man on earth. A sound plan. I'd add ammo to his list but I know he already has plenty of it. Here's the trailer for the series

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Modern Times

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[Photo by Maria Darii at Unsplash] The dogs bark and the caravan moves on. Arabian proverb

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Self-Assessment

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[Photo by Mel Poole at Unsplash] Don’t forget to take a break from planning your elaborate Halloween costume to ask yourself how things went this wrong for you. - Tim Siedell

One Damned Thing After Another

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[Photo by Jason Briscoe at Unsplash] If life is one damned thing after another, then let that be your strategy and take them on one at a time. Not two or three at a time. Just one. And then another. And another

Two Things about Problems and Solutions

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It is important to remember that one explanation of why a problem has continued to exist is that it may be a solution to another problem. Also remember that solutions, however bright and shiny they may be, can create new problems

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Lest We Forget

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The trailer for "United 93

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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Slow Learning

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[Photo by Annie Spratt at Unsplash] Tanmay Vora explores the advantages of "slow learning." I've long enjoyed the benefits of slow reading. Savor the words

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Bock's Assignments

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[Photo by Viktor Kiryanov at Unsplash] Wally Bock has some weekend leadership reading assignments for us. Always thought-provoking stuff

Always Timely

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This animal is very bad; when attacked it defends itself. - Old French song

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Highly Recommended

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I am still in the process of reading this but will put in an early recommendation. It is one of the most interesting books I've read in years. There is a reason why The Peloponnesian War is studied at West Point and I now see why historians such as Lord Bullock stressed reading Thucydides in order to understand the modern world. Victor Davis Hanson does an outstanding job of providing a perspective that is often missed.

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Gabriel Allon Fan

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I am slowly completing the entire "Gabriel Allon" series by Daniel Silva. Truly excellent. Check it out

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The Dumbest Management Fad of All Time

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magazine describes a serious contender. [HT: HT: Hilary Wood

What Not to Wear on "Casual Friday"

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[Photo by Valerie Elash at Unsplash] Several opinions: Julee Wilson in The Huffington Post Catherine Iger at Fittery. Debbie Mayne at The Spruce. Stephanie Vozza at First Company dressed up when working at home. Cultural Offering curbs our enthusiasm

What is Most Worth Seeing

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There is an astute observation on this subject at The Hammock Papers

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Some More Hans Zimmer

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The main theme from "Interstellar

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True

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It's the Weekend

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[Photo by Tyler Hendy at Unsplash] I like work/life separation, not work/life balance. What I mean by that is, if I'm on, I want to be on and maximally productive. If I'm off, I don't want to think about work. When people strive for work/life balance, they end up blending them.

What You Feel Like When You Reach a Certain Age

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The "Without Glasses" Policy

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They insisted that I remove my glasses Around a year ago I had a passport renewed and received the sad news that I could not wear eyeglasses for the passport photo despite the fact that, being as blind as the famous bat, I wear glasses almost all of the time.

A Blog for Stoics and Other Thinkers

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[Photo by Ksenia Makagonova at Unsplash] The Sovereign Professional has lots of great stuff

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Rest in Peace

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Random Thoughts

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[Photo by Mike Petrucci at Unsplash] Barbarians have one area in which they completely lack candor: They never admit to being barbarians. ~ You may not be able to sweep back the daily waves of paperwork but you'd better figure out how to make the tide recede.

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The Out-Basket

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[Photo by Jonathan Richard at Unsplash] One of the seemingly smallest and yet quite important questions in a manager's workday is "What happens after I put something in my out-basket?"* This was quite jarring back in 1984 when I started a one-person consulting practice.

The Best Day for a Meeting

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[Photo by rawpixel at Unsplash] Mondays and Fridays are bad. People are either recovering from or anticipating the weekend and an increasing number of organizations work longer hours from Monday through Thursday so Friday can be taken off. So that leaves Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Bock's Summer Read

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[Photo by Roberto Nickson at Unsplash] Wally Bock reveals what he read this summer and it is an impressive list

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Expectations

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A sizable number of people have unreasonable expectations of themselves or of others. One of those expectations: sainthood

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What Would You Ask?

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The trailer for "An Interview with God

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