Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?

Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?

I heard from a CEO recently, with whom I’ve met and had dinner, but have not worked. He included this sentence in an email after a brief introduction: “So much is up in the air at the moment. Ugh. Whoever...
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7 Ways to Differentiate between a Bright Idea and a Bright Light

7 Ways to Differentiate between a Bright Idea and a Bright Light

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” ~ Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens’ famous opening sentence continues “It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was...
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How many of these excuses have you heard?

How many of these excuses have you heard?

There's no doubt that the lack of Accountability is the issue that rises to the top of the list in every conversation I've had with CEOs. "TWENTY TIRED EXCUSES" One of the first clues that your team or organization is...
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How is your smeller?

How is your smeller?

The Smell Identification Test is a comprehensive test that includes 40 different aromas. It is reportedly the most reliable with the correlation between the test and retest = .94. Many folks have made it fun by trying it in a...
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Holding your phone wrong?

Holding your phone wrong?

Photo: carballo (Shutterstock) I don't know about you, but this never crossed my mind. How else should we hold our phone?Apparently, there's an issue called "smartphone pinkie", because the smaller size of the pinkie won't "tolerate the pressure and the...
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Will the Workplace ever be the same?

Will the Workplace ever be the same?

Remote Work is the Order of the Day "The old model of work wasted people's time." Matt Mullenweg Tweet He's the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. They have 1,876 employees in 97 countries that work on an "asynchronous" basis,...
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Are you sure you’re NOT quitting?

Are you sure you’re NOT quitting?

If you're watching the Beijing Winter Olympics, you've seen that this theme is NOT the attitude of an Olympic Athlete. They are not quitters. Yes, they fall or make a slight error that costs them a spot on the podium,...
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Let’s Take a Look Around the Web ….

Let’s Take a Look Around the Web ….

Not good. Teachers are leaving and few others are entering the field. Schools have been banning books for more than a century. Recently, Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was banned from a Washington State...
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Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?

Why would anyone aspire to Leadership?

I heard from a CEO recently, with whom I've met and had dinner, but have not worked. He included this sentence in an email after a brief introduction : “So much is up in the air at the moment. Ugh....
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What you can learn about Team-Building at the Winter Olympics

What you can learn about Team-Building at the Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Beijing are in full swing and it's exciting to see the camaraderie and kinship shared by so many, within the individual teams as well as across national boundaries This year, the power and challenges of team-building...
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Are you producing Olympic-quality teams?

Are you producing Olympic-quality teams?

The Winter Olympic Beijing 2022 games begin tomorrow, and promise to be the most complicated Olympics in history. The complexity ranges from the protests against the country for its alleged human rights abuses, rising geopolitical tensions, warnings about cybersecurity and a...
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Who are you counting on to succeed?

Who are you counting on to succeed?

The Navy SEALS have earned a well-deserved reputation for many things. One of them is their “never-say-die” attitude … their determination and perseverance. One mantra they proudly wear on T-shirts is a powerful reminder of where you should LOOK FIRST...
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Why James Bond Likes His Cocktails Shaken, Not Stirred

Why James Bond Likes His Cocktails Shaken, Not Stirred

You may have forgotten that the James Bond movie franchise first appeared in novel format. That’s why I included it here but it could easily be under Movies as well. In short, Ian Fleming, the author of the novels and...
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Nanotechnology? More mind-boggling that ever.

Nanotechnology? More mind-boggling that ever.

I knew that nanotechnology involved very small atomic-level activities, but I forgot that nano means “one-billionth”, an incomprehensibly small piece of anything. There’s a lot of nanotechnology providing conveniences and capabilities already, but what’s coming is truly mind-boggling.
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The Science of Health

The Science of Health

It’s sometimes difficult to tell the difference between health facts and myths, particularly around complementary and integrative health. Becoming familiar with scientific topics related to health research can help you better understand what you hear and read and make well-informed...
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Computing Power in Sports

Computing Power in Sports

It’s no surprise that computing power is moving into the sports world with increasing speed… from Microsoft tablets in the NFL to supercomputers that have defeated the greatest chess players. But, that’s not all. In the Digital Demi-Gods of Dice, a...
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State Reserve Funds at Record Levels

State Reserve Funds at Record Levels

It’s a little hard to get your head around how, with so much turmoil, pain and the unpredictable job market, that so many states are thriving with boatloads of money in their coffers. Along with the tax rebates and bonuses,...
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Job Creation is a Powerful Influence

Job Creation is a Powerful Influence

I’m an active user of Amazon, so I’m not in the hater’s club. These folks in a small town in England aren’t either … with a reminder that job creation is a powerful influence.
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Historical Marker

Historical Marker

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These provocative quotes are worth considering.

These provocative quotes are worth considering.

Sometimes, there are just too many quotes to pick one. This week, I’m sharing several of them with you. Each of them is provocative, so take a moment to consider their meaning for your life, particularly in the workplace. Winston...
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First Four TV Options: Limited Series

First Four TV Options: Limited Series

Last week, I shared with you the “final” six of my favorite “regular series” that I watched in 2021. This week I have the First Four of the “Limited Series” programs that appeared in 2021. While all of them were introduced...
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Is 90% of Everything CRAP?

Is 90% of Everything CRAP?

Marc Andreessen, general partner of Andreessen Horowitz, speaks at a technology conference in San Francisco, June 14, 2016. Each week, we’ll ask a question to get your best idea on a particular topic. The following week we’ll share your best...
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Those kids …

Those kids …

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This Literature Clock is pretty cool.

This Literature Clock is pretty cool.

What a clever idea! When you visit the literature clock, it takes note of your local time, then delivers a passage from literature that matches the time. When I added this to Sword Tips a few days ago, it was 5:45pm...
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Accountability. What Does It Really Mean?

Accountability. What Does It Really Mean?

This quote, among the many in best-selling The Oz Principle by Craig Hickman, Tom Smith, and Roger Connors, hits the nail on the head: “The majority of people in organizations today, when confronted with poor performance or unsatisfactory results, immediately begin to...
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You’ve probably heard someone shout this somwhere ….

Hooah is the phonetic spelling of the military acronym HUA, which stands for “Heard. Understood. Acknowledged.” It’s a word particularly favored by U.S. Army Rangers but heard widely throughout the military. When a Ranger is told to march, to fight, to...
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Why do we have eyelids or tears? Why do we blink?

Why do we have eyelids or tears? Why do we blink?

Go Back to Sword Tips Newsletter | Jan 27, 2022 The solution to keeping our eyes moist is having eyelids and using them to blink. This makes sense — fish and most aquatic animals don’t have eyelids and don’t blink...
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