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Leading in Different Times #1: Set the Tone

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This is the first in a series of Play notes about leading well during different times such as this one. Tone is a simple, subtle, and extremely powerful leadership tool. We need to set the right tone every day. Tone is the fundamental perspective we use to make decisions and act. The wrong tone makes […]

Light Up

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At times like this, it’s good to remember: one of us shining a light helps hundreds, thousands, or millions to step away from the dark. Should we find ourselves or others stuck and focusing on the problem, we know we can always shine the light on our ability to pause and choose to feel good […]

Impostor Syndrome?

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Generally, we’ve come to believe that there’s a right path, pattern, or process for success. Nope. There may be some helpful principles but otherwise we all–from our most successful hero to our least successful schoolmate–are making it up as we go. This is wonderfully freeing, yes? From this perspective, you simply can not be an […]

This is Success

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What does it mean to be successful? Most of us don’t really know. We kindasorta think it is about ticking certain boxes. We don’t know who set them out to be ticked or exactly which boxes we should tick. But we suspect they have something to do with having money, position, smarts, strength, safety, beauty, […]

Wrong Net

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If life is a game, then most of us are racking up points…on the wrong net. Even the most enlightened of us fixate on getting more money, recognition, and safety. We believe that we should maximize these so that we can–at last–have more happiness, freedom, and growth. “When I have this many dollars/this position/this situation, […]

Don’t Change the World

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Whether when musing about the news or choosing our next job/project, we can trip up thinking that we are here to change the world. We’re not. There’s something more delicious for us to do: change our world. The world is too distant, distracting, and depressing. It’s full of spiky obstacles, shiny objects, and competing ideologies. […]

Natural Confidence

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A recent social media post that reminded me of my son Adam’s natural confidence. Whatever you do today, do it with the confidence of a 4-year old in a Batman shirt. He was that 4-year old and happily remains confident as young man. To some of us, confidence may seem a bit selfish or egotistic. […]

What’s Truly True?

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Albert Einstein, on being congratulated that an experiment had confirmed a prediction in his theories of relativity, said, “No amount of experimentation will ever prove me completely right, but one new fact can prove me completely wrong.” Certainty should be reserved for things which are eternally, unquestionably true. Not much meets this criterion. Let’s adopt […]

In Our Own Minds

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Our only limitations are those we set up in our own minds. Napoleon Hill Hmm. All in our minds, eh? We can certainly find plenty of evidence that says our problems are out there, not in here. We might be right but is it helpful? Try this. Ask, “What’s the worst that could happen if […]