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Why Skepticism is Often Healthy

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After having studied history and organizations for decades, I have concluded that it is very dangerous to assume that the leadership team truly knows what it is doing. Photo by Daniil Selantev in Unsplash

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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Not the Version with Bruce Willis

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The trailer for Handel's Messiah. Photo by Jan Tielens at Unsplash

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A Novel of the Vietnam War

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And very difficult to put down. Extraordinary

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Time Better Spent

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Bock's Reading Assignments

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Wally Bock has some weekend leadership reading for us

The Protesters of Paris

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Writing in City Journal , Claire Berlinski describes the two groups of protesters she found in Paris. An excerpt: But it isn’t hard to understand how this mistake was made.

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A Few More Years Should Do It

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Anderson Layman's Blog has it figured out

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The Romans

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The trailer for "Meet the Romans" with historian Mary Beard. I've been reading her history of ancient Rome ["SPQR"] and it is fascinating

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Modern Slang

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That's okay. I bet they don't know what hornswoggle means. BestLife has a list of modern slang terms many of you are not using and probably should not use. Photo by Simona Todorova at Unsplash

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Perfection and Reality

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I don't know where many young people get the idea that they and the world are supposed to be perfect but that is a cause of paralysis in the first case and delusion in the second. Let's start with the first. Being reasonably good in most jobs will put you close to super-star status.

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Recruitment Game

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Applicant: "I'd like to apply for Specialist III." HR: "I'm sorry. Specialist III requires six years of experience and I see from your application that you only have five. We have no openings for Specialist II. Specialist I, however, doesn't require any experience."

Sick Bed

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I'm still recovering from what may be a sinus infection. There is a certain wariness to making predictions of a recovery date since around a year ago I had similar symptoms and just when recovery seemed near, awoke to a swollen neck that made me look as if I were auditioning for Elephant Man.

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Rules for Writers

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Accurate Forecast

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The forecast of this morning's status began yesterday afternoon when I remarked, "I think I'm coming down with something." Aargh. Beware. There are many bugs out there. Photo by Kelly Sikkema at Unsplash

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Short Memory

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"How was this handled six years ago?" "I I can't recall and I'm one of the most senior people." "I I suppose no one would know how it was handled 10 years ago." Carol might have known about that, but she retired." "Is Is there any written history of some of these decisions?

Paris and the Yellow Vests

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"Though the Gilets jaunes were initially peaceful, their actions contained an element of intimidation from the outset.

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Art Break

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Art Contrarian looks at the work of Haddon Sundblom

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Best Smartwatches of 2018

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If you are in the market for a smartwatch, FutureLawyer - an avid smartwatch buyer - has some thoughts on the choices. Although quite happy with my old-fashioned Seiko, a handsome and sturdy instrument that could be used to hammer nails, I confess to being open to the idea of a smartwatch.

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Bring It Home

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The Independent reveals that there is always a new realm of offense. Photo by Casey DeViese at Unsplash

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Age is a Matter of Mind

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29-year-old of the future Cultural Offering has news on the 69-year-old man who wanted his age legally reduced to 49. Photo by Nathan Dumlao at Unsplash

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The Don'ts

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The don'ts followed today may be more productive than the do's. Photo by Jeff Sheldon at Unsplash

"The Blogfather" Quits Twitter

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Glenn Reynolds (a.k.a The Blogfather), law professor and Instapundit, explains why he quit Twitter. Poison and shallowness have something to do with it. Photo by Jon Tyson at Unsplash

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The Best Moments

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"The best moments we any of us have as human beings are those moments when for a little while it is possible to escape the squirrel-cage of being me into the landscape of being us." - Frederick Buechner [Photo by Bruce Tighe at Unsplash

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Learning to Learn

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Tanmay Vora provides analysis and a sketch note on how to learn slowly. Photo by JESHOOTS.COM at Unsplash

Weak Links

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If you think there is no weak link then that assumption may be a weak link. If you sense something might not be a solid link then it is highly likely that item is the weak link because weak links emit signals. Too often we ignore them.

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Billie Holiday

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Cultural Offering has the essential mixes. In addition to a bunch of other things, the man knows music. Photo by Umberto Cofini at Unsplash

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Digital Time, Real Friends, & What We Care About. List

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Your thousandth social media friend won't make you any happier. Your fourth real friend will. Uninterrupted time is life's most valuable limited resource. Most news isn't news. Envy isn't good therapy. Rage isn't good therapy. Working out is good therapy.

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Memorial

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FutureLawyer with a memorial and an important reminder

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Find Something Beautiful Today

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[Photo by Ray Hennessey at Unsplash

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A Good Time to Revisit the Gell-Mann Amnesia Effect

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[Photo by Matthew Henry at Unsplash] Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business.

It seems like the last December was three months ago

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[Photo by Michal Pechardo at Unsplash

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An Extraordinary Man

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Richard Brookhiser discusses his new book on John Marshall. [I I recently heard part of a radio interview of Brookhiser and immediately put the book on my Christmas list

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Bring Me Down to Earth

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Although all of us have encountered people who are far too negative and to whom the glass is not simply half-empty but dirty as well, blind enthusiasm and hasty support can be even more harmful. Here's a request that should be made more often: "Now tell me what's wrong with it."

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Art Break

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Art Contrarian looks at the work of Edwin Davenport

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Bock's Reading

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Wally Bock has some weekend leadership reading assignments for us. Photo by rawpixel at Unsplash

Virtual Reality: Consider the Dangers

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I went to this trailer for Oculus Go after reading FutureLawyer's post about a current bargain on its goggles/mask/device. This is all very impressive but what will be the long-term effects on a society in which Virtual Reality has wide usage?

Business Model

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An old 60 Minutes episode on the unconventional model of the Saint Paul Saints. Fun is a key component

The Beauty of the Essay

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Notting Hill Editions publishes essays and only essays

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Doing The Day

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"Urgent and Important" tasks? Easy choice. Those get tackled first. Not Urgent But Important?" Spend as much as possible of your remaining time on these.

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Grad School Hells

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Several years ago I read Peter Robinson's book about his experience in Stanford's MBA program. [It It seemed very similar to what I encountered in law school.] In short, the environment described by Robinson was high-pressured and highly unpleasant.

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7 Novels with Lessons about Ethics

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If I were to pick a small group of novels containing powerful insights about ethics, these would be on the list: "The Warden" by Anthony Trollope. No, it's not about a prison warden. It is about a church warden; a very good man who finds himself accused of unethical behavior.

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Does It Involve Condos in Costa Rica?

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Martin Feldstein on how to save social security systems

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