It had been a busy day. Joan had been running since early morning; it was now late afternoon. She was anxious to get home. She whipped onto the parkway and almost ran into a parked car. Ahead of her, three cars were stopped in the middle of the road. In a hurry to pass, she swung around the car in
In the book Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell explores why we are so ready to believe people we don’t know. In the chapter on Bernie Madoff, he describes an interview between SEC investigator Peter Lamore and Madoff. Madoff explained that “essentially he could see around corners; he had an infallible ‘gut feel’ for when to get out of the markets just
Harvey Mackey tells the story of a friend who was flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles. There was a 45-minute delay in taking off and then the plane had to make an unexpected landing in Sacramento. The flight attendants announced people could get off the aircraft if they would return in 30 minutes.
Every organization needs radical honesty. The leaders who run them juggle innumerable demands, take massive action and push their limits every day. Being responsible for keeping a business solvent, people employed AND healthy is more challenging than ever. We often think it means we need to put on a show of strength, keeping our own struggles and insecurities to ourselves. But
Procrastination. The single biggest killer of a working day. Procrastination is the art of delaying action on something that needs our immediate attention: 88% of the workforce admit to procrastinating at least one hour a day. Some college students procrastinate for weeks. The result is people don’t reach their full potential.