Learning

We love our electronic devices. They make our lives better, right? Connected life is richer, more fulfilling, more efficient. Ok, you know that is not necessarily true, but having a laptop in a meeting or a lecture surely increases your ability to record and remember what occurred and therefore are helpful, right? Wrong. A growing...
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Happy Monday from Dubai UAE. Last week I was in Zion National Park with 9 other business leaders for a time of rest and rebuilding. I returned home Saturday and then left Sunday for Dubai. 3 planes and about 17 hours in the air and 4 hours in airports we are here in the Middle...
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What do you get if you multiply six by nine? “42” That answer is correct in Base-13. It is also the “ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything” in the Douglas Adams novel Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.2 The problem in this novel was they forgot the question, so they settled for randomly pulling Scrabble...
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In 1915, Albert Einstein was living in Berlin and working on his theory of general relativity while his estranged wife tended his two sons in Vienna. In a short note to his 11-year-old son Hans, we see Einstein in a less familiar light—that of a caring father who uses forceful simplicity to offer young Hans...
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There are approximately 16,000 tree species in the Amazon rainforest. However, 227 “hyperdominant” species (1.4% of the total) are so common that they account for half of all the trees. Of the 16,000 species, 11,000 only account for 0.12% of trees. Why? In nature, as well as in human society, we are often faced with...
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I find it sadly interesting that most of the futures we imagine are dystopian. Really, I challenge you to think of a movie or a book about a distant future where the general sense is that things are better, people are more fulfilled, and overall we are happier. Many of these dystopian futures involve a...
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Several times in the past couple of weeks, the subject of listening has come up. One instance was during a meeting where someone shared how listening to the concerns of other stakeholders in a process is vital to them being willing to join the effort and has an equal benefit of bringing a lot of...
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I will not attempt to address the issues, methods, theories, or oddities of this year’s presidential election. I thought maybe I would, but the more I read and the more I think, the more certain I am that I am wrong. While I don’t mind being wrong, I would rather not write it down. What...
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Let’s talk about change. More specifically, the changing of things that were “built around systems designed to respond to the social structures and technologies of the industrial age” and “ought to be fundamentally rethought for the one we live in now,” according to Tim Brown, president and chief executive of IDEO. In The New York...
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I read this really great essay by Bonnie Priebel Blaylock: https://getpocket.com/a/read/1432577576 Toward the end she says, “If I’m holding with white knuckles to those things I’ve lost, or am afraid of losing, my hands are too full to accept all the other great gifts waiting for me.” I have lost a lot in my life....
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