The Memorable Story of Ulysses Grant’s Memoirs

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Ulysses Grant’s personal memoirs are a classic. Historian Ron Chernow described them as “The foremost military memoir in the English language.” I read the memoirs several years ago and I’ve dipped into them from time to time since. But it was only recently that I learned the story of how they came to be  »  Read More

Writing to Accelerate Your Development

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There are many shiny new personal development tools these days. We’ve got e-books and webinars. There’s AI-assisted learning and all manner of Zoom-connected tools. They’re all great, but one of the most powerful development tools has been around for centuries. Writing is one of the most powerful learning and  »  Read More

Creativity is a Choice

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If you’ve ever been around a bunch of 6-year-olds, you know they don’t have any trouble coming up with ideas. Ask for ideas and each child becomes a fountain, spraying ideas out into the world. That’s a human trait. We get good ideas all the time. What separates us from those 6-year-olds is that we don’t share them  »  Read More

Writing a Book: Keep Good Going

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I don’t know exactly how many people start a book but don’t finish it, but I bet it’s a big number. If you don’t want to fall by the wayside, here are some ideas about how you can keep good work going. Two Big Challenges Most of my clients are mid-career professionals. They face two big challenges. They’re  »  Read More

Chasing Perfection

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When Ben Franklin was in his 20s, he embarked on what he called “the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.” He made a list of the virtues he wanted to practice and then set about keeping score. He marked out every instance of a violation of a virtue every day. There were several every day. I tracked  »  Read More

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