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Duke University’s coach Mike Krzyzewski has won more games than any other men’s college basketball coach in history.  He’s the big cheese.  The top dog.  The head honcho.  His leadership skills have produced unparalleled success and he’s had a tremendous influence on the world of sports. One of Coach K’s key rituals is to declare […]

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Aim Up, Compare Down

To me, it’s not about comparing yourself to other people or being boastful. It’s about comparing “down” to a previous version of you.

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The Front Page Test

Now I’m no prude and I’m all for artistic expression. But peddling obnoxious trash to audiences in order to sell more records can’t be making the world a better place. Sure, these “artists” are scoring a bunch of cash. But at what cost?

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My 11 Principles

My 11 guiding principles for graduates, dropouts, young guns, and seniors alike.

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About to be Nested?

That’s right… the Nest sells for ten times the price of the find-anywhere industry standard thermostat. And they are sold out everywhere you look.

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Can’t or Won’t?

If you are pursuing anything worth doing, they heat is likely to get really hot. Before you forfeit your dreams, perform a careful examination to see if you are really in a “can’t” dead-end or just a “won’t” situation.

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On Space Aliens and Perspective

Try approaching your next challenge as a detective from 16th century London. Or a heroin-drenched jazz musician from the early 50’s. Or your seven-year-old nephew. Or the warden of a maximum-security prison. Or Kim Kardashian. Or Darth Vader. Or the Octomom.

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The “Oh Shit” Moment

That dreaded “oh shit” moment will likely crop up when you least expect it. The next time it does, don’t run from it. Seize it. It’s simply an opportunity for you to shine and grow.

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Grit: The New Killer App

Turns out that good old-fashioned grit has been statistically linked to being the number one indicator of high performance.

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Five Disaster Moves to Botch Your Pitch

After hearing a pitch where the daring hero outperforms Groupon and Apple in their second year with trillions of revenue and six billion customers, I’m ready for a shower instead of a closing dinner.

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How to Become The 1%

We can point fingers, complain the world isn’t fair, and swim in a pot of victim soup. Or we can push ourselves and our organizations to achieve the coveted 1% position.

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Distinctive

The sole of every single Louboutin shoe is painted bright red. Pantone 187C to be exact.

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Four Powerful Questions

Send the critic out for a long walk, ask the right questions, and get busy with manifesting your true potential. Everyone else’s is already taken.

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Keeping Score

Personally, I have a ton of work do to on my new scorecard. Do you?

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Are You a Firebrand?

Whether you’re working to drive your company or career, the key to unlocking your full potential is creating a story that is unique, captivating, and irresistible. A Firebrand.

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Vu Deja

We’ve all experienced déjà vu. Turns out the most successful and creative people flip this around and consciously practice Vu Déjà.

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The Riskiest Move of All

All our lives we’ve been taught to avoid risk. Look both ways when crossing the street. Don’t touch the hot stove. Don’t talk to strangers.

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Feedback is a Gift

Why is direct feedback so awkward in the business world? When you politely nod your head in agreement while thinking that your colleague must be smoking crack, you are not helping anyone. In fact, holding back your insight is an injustice to your organization and yourself.

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Escaping the Sea of Sameness

The world is full of me-too players. Half the cars on the market are nearly identical. Detergents, sodas, and potato chips are pretty much all the same no matter what the ads say. When was the last time you went to a restaurant that was so different that you really noticed? Competitive advantages of the […]

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The Long List

When developing ideas, we’re always told to shoot for quality over quantity. Here’s a powerful technique that flips the model, and drives higher quality by way of quantity… In my undergraduate work at the University of Florida, I was an Advertising major. One time, I was in a course about creating magazine and newspaper ads. […]

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The Poison of Labeling

Jenny, a 1st grader, shows up to art class and doesn’t do so well with her first project. She feels embarrassed, stupid, rejected, and sad. Later she goes to music class and has a similar experience. She didn’t pick it up as quickly as the other students, so she is once again stung by negative […]

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Choosing the Best Ideas: Value Mapping

Once you’ve brainstormed a long list of powerful new ideas, the challenge becomes choosing the best ones to pursue. We all know that great ideas without execution is about as productive as protesting the rules at the DMV. One of my favorite techniques for idea selection is *Value Mapping*. In this case you are scoring […]

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Now That’s a Prezi!

Bad Power Point presentations have reached the same punch-line status as lawyer jokes, yet most of us still use this ubiquitous tool. Some have moved to Apple’s Keynote, which has cool transitions and flaming bullet-points, but it is still essentially the same thing – a linear presentation system. A hot new company called Prezi finally […]

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The Mind of a Jazz Musician

Jazz musicians are a curious breed. They study for years to master the rules, only to break them as quickly as possible. They approach their craft with intensity and purpose, but then can let it go and just groove when the feeling is right. I’ve known musicians that are bold and expressive on the bandstand, […]

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