Getting Better

Sure, you can walk in someone’s shoes, but why not learn to speak their language?

What do you call the sunlight that passes through the leaves of a tree? Or the long reflection the moon casts on a lake that looks like a pathway? If you want to understand another person, goes the advice, learn her language. I usually think of that advice in terms of a foreign language but… Read more Sure, you can walk in someone’s shoes, but why not learn to speak their language?

Want to be more productive? Take a rest from intense work? Try these steps

Tim Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek,” is also a podcaster. His interviews with high performers in a variety of fields (art, athletics, business, military, you name it) offer tips and personal approaches these experts use to excel in their work. In addition, he “experiments” on himself a lot, trying different approaches from workouts to… Read more Want to be more productive? Take a rest from intense work? Try these steps

Do you remember the decisions that changed your life? This woman’s rings remind her

I wrote a while ago about a ring I wear that helps me remember to maintain equilibrium in my life. I’ve got several rings like that — ones that remind me to focus on something at a certain stage in life. So I look at my fingers more than most people might. A friend of mine also… Read more Do you remember the decisions that changed your life? This woman’s rings remind her

What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders

I seem to be quoting The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan a lot these days. A few weeks ago, she had an excellent column suggesting that leaders need to think more like artists than economists. This past week she reviewed a collection of speeches by the historian David McCullough, who has much to offer leaders of any… Read more What historian David McCullough’s new book can teach Idaho business leaders

Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change

The new book by Tom Friedman, columnist for The New York Times, has a crazy title but smart idea. “Thank You For Being Late” refers to how he likes others to be late for appointments, because he has learned to appreciate and use the unexpected minutes. The book is one long reflection on future challenges,… Read more Why I have trouble keeping up with the pace of technological change

How to avoid leaping off a retirement cliff (whether you’re a lawyer or not)

A longtime academic colleague recently admitted that he saw retirement as leaping off a cliff, and that was unnerving. When an opportunity emerged to be a dean in an overseas university, he jumped at it. Now he’s counting the days until his contract expires. Bad decision. So when Business Insider Editor David Staats reminded his… Read more How to avoid leaping off a retirement cliff (whether you’re a lawyer or not)