June 30, 2014

How can we speak powerfully to make change in the world?

Julian Treasure shows us how

Julian Treasure teaches us the art of speaking powerfully in his inspiring and very entertaining 10-minute TED talk, which helps us positively and effectively change what we say and how we say it. Here are some excerpts.

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April 15, 2014

How to Survive Success

Elizabeth Gilbert on success, failure, and the drive to keep creating

We enjoyed Gilbert’s Ted talk a lot, because our experience proves it’s true. Success can be as disorienting as failure, and can derail you just as easily too. And not uncommonly, the challenges of success can be more confusing, lonelier, and riskier ones to work through.

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November 26, 2013

Who isn’t drawn to someone who thanks us and acknowledges our contribution?

Leading with gratitude

Many people, primarily in the U.S. and Canada, are celebrating the annual holiday of Thanksgiving this week, which in the U.S. began as a feast of thanksgiving in the early days of the American colonies almost four hundred years ago.

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September 23, 2013

Why end the summer holiday?

Michael Paterniti describes 13 years living under the spell of a tiny Spanish town

As summertime comes to an end, we found this delightful story by Michael Paterniti about how he turned a trip to Guzman, Spain into something much more–for his life, his work, and his family.

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August 21, 2013

What do regret, monkeys, and kindness have to do with great leadership?

George Saunders’s Advice to Graduates

Another academic calendar and the start of classes are around the corner, and graduation season is long past, but I just discovered that George Saunders gave the convocation speech for the Class of 2013 at Syracuse University.  It centers on the need for kindness, what gets in our way of being better at it, and why it’s so important.

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