Monthly Archives: August 2010

The slow walk off a cliff

Last month I was in the Strand bookstore and bought two books by Haruki Makamuri, What I Talk about When I Talk About Running and The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.  When I got to the register, I was surprised how … Continue reading

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Feeling a little tired and sore after getting a yellow fever and typhoid  shot for an upcoming trip, I stopped off at a local NYC deli and ordered a fresh carrot juice.  The woman who fed carrots into the industrial-strength … Continue reading

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Real Heroes

The other day I was talking to a guy who, among many pursuits, is heavily involved in an inner-city charter school.  He said that his dream is to build, around the school and in the neighborhood, a Heroes Project so … Continue reading

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Do you understand the words…

Listening is probably the most important and least developed skill for creating strong relationships and connecting with people. I’m reminded of the great moment in the movie Rush Hour, in which Chris Tucker’s character shouts at Jackie Chan, “Do you … Continue reading

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Changing a Dinosaur’s Mind

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the “inefficient” nonprofit marketplace that asked two questions: whether the nonprofit marketplace is any more inefficient than other markets (mutual funds, cosmetics); and whether improving the quality of information available about … Continue reading

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Swagger Wagon – just for fun

Mostly, this just made me laugh out loud.  A handful of you – who happen to be the exact people Toyota wants to buy the Sienna – will laugh out loud too, and the rest of you may not which … Continue reading

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Rocky roads are…rocky

Say you need to make a big change. If that’s the case (and it isn’t always the case, but sometimes it is) then what?  Once you know you need to make a major change, once you decide that what you’ve … Continue reading

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The work of blogging

The days I’m not ready to write, the days I don’t feel like I have something to say, the days that I have to burn the midnight oil, the days I have to scramble….those are the days I’m doing the … Continue reading

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Circles of humanity

Want to persuade, make a connection, motivate someone to DO something? Dive as deep towards the center of your humanity as possible, and share that. Like so many other things, this is the opposite of what we’re taught in professional … Continue reading

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The other day my six-year-old son talked me into an impromptu weekend trip to Grand Central Station.  The ultimate destination was (obviously) the new Lego store at Rockefeller Center (it’s fabulous) but we made the requisite stop at the MTA … Continue reading

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