Qarrtsiluni

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This is the Inuit word for “sitting together in the darkness, quietly, waiting for something creative or important to occur.”Of course, this works.The only difficult part is doing it. We’re buzzy people, inundated with noise, using it to hide from the important work that’s ...

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The right answer

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Which is better: Feeling like you were right the first time or actually being correct now?When we double down on our original estimate, defend our sunk costs and rally behind the home team, we’re doing this because it’s satisfying to feel as though we were right all along.On the...

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If it were easy…

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Then everyone else would find it easy as well. Which would make it awfully difficult to do important work, work that stands out, work that people would go out of their way to find.When difficulties arise, it might very well be good news. Because those difficulties may dissuade all the people wh...

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The incoming

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Standing at my desk this summer, it had just turned 10 am, and I realized that I’d already:Heard from an old friend, engaged with three team members on two continents, read 28 blogs across the spectrum AND found out about the weather and the news around the world.Half my life ago, in a simil...

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The gift of results

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When Ignaz Semmelweis pioneered statistics in order to save countless women from dying in childbirth, his fellow doctors refused to believe him. They ignored his work, didn’t wash their hands and it was another twenty years before his insights on the spread of disease were adopted.We live...

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Second cousins

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Being smart often has little to do with being persuasive.And yet we often assume that one leads to the other.We spend years and years educating people to do well on tests in the belief that this will make them smart.And we assume that they’ll figure out the persuasive stuff on th...

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