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Of Lions, Gazelles, and Job Security

“‘Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or

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Posted in Careers

What makes an excellent performer?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve gotten together with a number of friends and former colleagues to chat, catch up, and talk shop. Because of the time of year (performance evaluation season!) and other developments (my team is expanding, so

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Posted in Careers, Leadership, Management

Chris Hadfield’s advice

In a recent interview with CBC Radio, Commander Chris Hadfield gave his three secrets for becoming an astronaut: Keep your body in shape and eat well Challenge yourself with education, and push yourself to learn things you barely expect to

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Posted in Everything, Math and Science

Time for a change?

“The immortals step out of their comfort zone in order to expand it.” – Lee Jenkins in SI Reading some basketball news the other day, I came across a remarkable story over at Sports Illustrated, Right Turn: There are makeovers,

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Posted in Leadership, Sports

The Running Man

A few years ago, I hated running.  Now I’ve changed my tune: I grudgingly respect its existence, and occasionally hang out with it. When I was a tallish skinny youth, someone made the mistake of telling me, “You’d be a

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Posted in Everything, Sports

Fergie’s Way

“For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘Well done’.” – Sir Alex Ferguson For 27 years, Sir Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United.  In that time, he changed the culture of a

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Posted in Everything, Leadership, Management, Soccer, Sports

Building a Championship Team

I take team-building very seriously: in the recreational sports world, poor teams lose and members go home without championships; in the business world, poor teams are weak links that can bring down organizations and cost people their livelihood – there’s

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Posted in Everything, Leadership, Management, Soccer, Sports

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