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The prospect of premature death didn’t make me change so I tried this instead

“Take this pill, every day, for the rest of your life,” my doctor said. I sighed at this obvious sign of decline, envisioning the 7-day pillbox that all old people seem to have. “Already?” I asked. Approaching 40 years old, … Continue reading

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25 books that changed me

When you think about it, a book is a truly magical thing. For the cost of a lunch, you can have an experience that can change your life. And that experience can be made even more profound when the book … Continue reading

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Taming the hamsters in my head

“Are you okay, darling?” My wife heard me cursing to myself in the shower and she was concerned. It was a normal day and a normal shower. But I was so busy thinking about things that made me angry that … Continue reading

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Changing the habit of hurrying

Do you ever feel you don’t have time to do the things you really want to do? Or you’re so busy doing that there’s no time for enjoying? Do you ever say, wistfully, “Where did the time go?” I used to … Continue reading

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36 times an hour

“It’s terrible,” she said. “I can’t focus any more. I can’t even read a book.” I was talking with a smart, successful woman who’s an investment analyst, and we were talking about how she works. The best times to do … Continue reading

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The prisons I build myself

“Daddy, dance with me!” We were at an outdoor blues concert on a beautiful summer evening. My 5 year old daughter, Hanako, was dancing to the music when she asked me to dance with her. “No, darling,” I said. “Dance … Continue reading

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Stepping off the hedonic treadmill

Something was wrong. It was a crisp, clear September night. I was walking along the Hudson River, heading home through the park after a nice evening  with friends. And I was unhappy. Instead of focusing on a beautiful walk home … Continue reading

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Changing habits: a personal experiment

Over the past few months, I’ve been researching how to change habits at work. (I captured some of those ideas here, here, and here.) But before I can change the habits of an entire company, I need to do some … Continue reading

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“Building a purposeful social network” – a course update

If you want to systematically improve diversity, mobility, and employee engagement within your firm, then a good place to start is teaching people how to shape their reputation and build relationships at work. (More on that here and here.) Towards … Continue reading

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A framework for changing habits at work

You went to a good school. You work in a big company. You’re making much more than the average American family. And yet, you’re no better than Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory.  The emails and meeting requests keep … Continue reading

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