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The Tremendous Value of The Long Form

the value of the long form

Consider the difference between Edward Norton appearing on a late night talk show for 6 minutes to his podcast interview with Tim Ferriss that went on for 2 hours. One gives you a flavor about some snippet of his work and personality. The other gives you a deep dive into one of his most ambitious projects, a sense of the wide range of his accomplishments, and a clearer picture of his creativity and business savvy. In the full story of his most recent project we learn how Norton met a young writer named Jonathan Lethem who gave Norton a draft … Read more

Time Alone is Essential to Great Teamwork

Strong Individuals Make Strong Teams

Paul McCartney and John Lennon were a great songwriting team. Their time together produced magic—but only because of the important work each did alone. One of them would create an idea or even an entire song before bringing it to the other, allowing the best of individuality and togetherness to shine through in the final product. I saw how time alone can make time together work better when I was teaching a marketing class at Bentley University. The same few students would always participate in class discussions. If I called on anyone else at random, they would struggle to respond. … Read more

How to Create a Team of Leaders

how to create a team of leaders

Team success comes from planning. But the leader can’t do all the planning. A team working on a project of any size or complexity needs multiple people to contribute. Each person brings specific knowledge and experience to the table. The team leader’s job is to use everyone’s input to get the best results. That means developing plans, but also turning those plans into action. The team needs to build momentum, get to work, and be able to overcome obstacles along the way. To do this, the team needs to be committed to success. That starts with each individual. And the … Read more

Overcoming the Self Discipline Struggle to Reach More Goals

overcome the self discipline struggle to reach more goals

If there ever was a real super power, it’s got to be self discipline. Imagine if you could will yourself to follow a nutrition plan flawlessly. And to complete a daily workout routine without fail. Maybe you would apply self discipline to your finances and investing wisely over the long term to build enormous wealth. You might even decide to earn more college degrees or learn a new trade or skill. With self discipline you can do anything. It’s one of the biggest super powers actually within human reach. I buy into all of that. I find the vision of … Read more

A Great DIY Hack to Engagement at Work

A Great DIY Hack to Engagement at Work

Imagine spending your day energized, excited, and optimistic about what you were doing. Wouldn’t that be a nice way to go through the workday? It might be so nice for you, in fact, that other people in your life would probably notice a little extra spring in your step, expressions of enjoyment on your face, and a pleasant tone in your voice. You might be thinking that this sounds good–and also unlikely. After all, you will need to somehow find an organization with a compelling mission, fantastic people, and a great culture. You will need to find a great boss … Read more