Tag: Personal Development

Learning to be a great boss

  |   Boss

Today, Jeff Immelt is the CEO of General Electric, but once he was a boy whose father worked on the line at a GE plant. In 2005, Fast Company asked Immelt if his dad behaved differently at home when he had a bad boss. Here’s Immelt’s answer. “Yeah. He came home in a bad mood, uncertain about the future  »  Read More

What’s a win?

  |   Personal Development

“Hey, Wally, it’s Barry from your deep, dark past. I’d love to catch up. Call me.” I stared that the phone, as if it could explain things to me. The last time I talked to Barry, he was heading off to college and I was heading to the Marines. Before that we’d competed in all kinds of pick-up  »  Read More

The stories they tell about you

  |   Personal Development

I love the stories we tell about my parents. The stories about my father are usually about creative ways to get something done. For my mother they often deal with how she dealt with her cancer. Laughter plays a big part in the stories about both of them. They’re still here with us when we tell those stories, even  »  Read More

Productivity and Me

  |   Productivity

I read Ben Franklin’s Autobiography for the first time when I was in my late teens. That’s when I started a practice that he followed: reviewing my performance every day. Franklin wrote the autobiography when he was older and he took some time to reflect on what he learned from a lifetime of evaluating  »  Read More

Learning from a Great Teacher

  |   Personal Development

Bill is a great teacher. His principal says so. So do his current and former students. So do other teachers. If you want to become a great leader, you can learn a lot from Bill and his life. Bill’s been a teacher forty years, since he was 22. I asked him how long it took before he was good. He said that it took him  »  Read More

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