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Using Mental Models to Become an Expert

What separates true excellence and expertise in any profession from the masses of both good and mediocre performers? What separates Simone Biles from the hundreds of thousands of pretty good gymnasts? What separates Richard Feynman from the hundreds of thousands of pretty decent scientists? Many people think that the answer is innate talent, but scholar [...]

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Being “In the Zone” in Work and in Life

With the Rio Olympics starting, I am getting ready to log some serious hours watching my favorite sports and athletes hit the global stage! What I love about watching top athletes (such as Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt) is their consistent ability to remain “in the zone” both physically and mentally again and again and [...]

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Time Well Spent: The Art of Time Management

How are you? Busy! Would you like to join us for…? Can’t! Too much to do! How was your week? All work. No time for (family, exercise, reading…) Ah, time! Where does it go? Why does it so often feel like it is “running out?!” And, why are we (modern humans) so obsessed with using [...]

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Learning to Seek Inspiration and Serve Others

Lesson from the Father of Apple A few years back, I read an article about Steve Jobs that pointed out his (obsessive) love of beauty, simplicity and design. Throughout his life, he actively studied and surrounded himself with external examples of each of them. And, perhaps most importantly, he intentionally brought these qualities to all [...]

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Learning to Give and Take Criticism Like an Astronaut

At NASA, where the organizational culture focuses so explicitly on education, not just achievement, it’s even easier to frame individual mistakes as teachable moments rather than career ending blunders. – Chris Hadfield Given my line of work as a learning designer, I like to study how people train and tackle challenges across a variety of [...]

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Mastering the Mindsets of “a Creative”

I’ve never considered myself to be “a creative.” Connector, organizer, operationalize-er, facilitator, listener, planner, mother, lover, sister, daughter, coach, yogi, learner, consultant, world citizen, traveler… Sure! But, “a creative”… well let’s just says that I leave that title for people like Steve Jobs, Mindy Kaling, I.M. Pei, Paulo Coelho, Walt Disney… and my partner Chris! [...]

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The Art of Self-Coaching

My 2016 To Do List (“Resolutions”) _ Get in peak shape. Contact personal trainer. _ Cement life and relationship goals. Contact life coach. _ Identify annual business goals. Contact business mentor. _ Identify personal professional SMART goals. Ditto. _ Eat more sensibly. Contact nutrition expert (my mother). With “new year’s resolutions” being the hot topic [...]

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Learning to Live Full Throttle

We jumped. We shuffled. We whirled. We kicked. We fell down. We laughed. We breathed. We paused. We smiled. We danced. During a recent 5Rhythms session I participated in, members of the group were invited to dance alone, in pairs and in triads. As I observed myself going in and out of dancing partnership, I [...]

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Featured Learning Tool: Embracing a Beginner’s Mind

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki About three months ago, our son (now 13 months) figured out how to walk. After months of laying on his back, then sitting, then pulling himself up on anything he could, he decided to skip crawling altogether [...]

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Featured Learning Tool: Transform Office Presentations and Lessons from Mediocre to Awe-Inspiring with Storytelling

September 1989 – A young man is sitting in his office when he receives a strange call from a woman overseas. She questions him aggressively, “Are you Dr. Lombardi?… Are you an infectious disease specialist?… Would you consider yourself to be an expert in viral hemorrhagic fevers?” The man responds, “Who are you?!” She said she [...]

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