Category Archives: Thinking and Speaking

Friendship, LLC

How do people navigate the tricky boundary of mixing friendship and business? Most people say that you should never do business with your friends or your family. That mentality is captured in the old proverb, “Blood’s thicker than water, but … Continue reading

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Optimism, Pessimism, and Realism

If I read another Facebook post where someone describes themselves as a “realist” I might start pulling out my beard hair, which would really hurt. We live in a cosmopolitan society where lots of different people and opinions bump into … Continue reading

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Provocative Passion: Lessons from Steve Jobs

Do you ever find a book so intriguing that you cannot stop reading it and talking about the material? Everything about the characters feels like a mystery to be unraveled and you find yourself enamored with their personal characteristics, accomplishments, … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Blowback

Rhetorical Blowback When a speaker successfully uses the canons of rhetoric to craft a compelling message and influence an appropriate target audience, that message often falls on deaf ears. Why does this occur?  One reason has to do with the … Continue reading

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No Time to Think

I recently made a discovery that was personally disturbing, and although it arises from very simple and anecdotal observations, from what I have read it seems to hold true across entire societies regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. … Continue reading

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