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Leadership at the Top

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“Just hop over that rock and rappel down.”

From my position near the top of Mount Washington (elevation 7,794 ft (2,376 m)), “that rock” blocked my view of its other side. I was incapable of leaping into nothingness. It wasn’t fear of the 400 foot drop; I simply couldn’t let go and blindly jump.

Every day, business authors, bloggers, and corporate leaders encourage us to “leap into the void,” “take risks,” and generally terrify ourselves into bold action. Read More

Sergey Neves

Create Your Tempest

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“We should have gone to Vegas to see that Tempest.” The play had ended over a year ago, but its concept gripped my millennial daughter’s mind: superb source material (Shakespeare’s Tempest) co-directed by a Shakespearean (Posner) and a magician (Teller). I agreed, we should have taken the trip. A month after our talk I saw that it was to play in Chicago. This time, we went.

Everything should be like that Tempest.

We sat down before show time and marveled at the set design and lighting. Minutes later a somber and silent Ariel arrived and set the mood, performing sleight-of-hand interactions with the audience. Read More

Think Like a CEO

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“150 minutes a week, heart pumping, working like an athlete; more than a brisk walk, break a sweat,” my friendly neighborhood neurologist suggests as the best thing we can do to preserve our cognitive ability. Though I’m familiar with studies showing the benefits of exercise for cognition, the 150 minute guideline and intense exertion were new to me.

It got me thinking about levels of cognitive effort we apply professionally. Have we come to feel that moderate effort is enough – in fact, beneficial? I mean cognitive effort: not just working hard, but thinking hard. If you had a FitBit device for your professional cognitive output, how would your tracking graph appear?

You might amble along with low to moderate cognitive output, peppered with periodic jolts of higher activity, and an absolute lack of intense effort. This level of effort may even put you above your peers!

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But think what this means for your life at work. Beyond mere career stagnation, low cognitive effort may indicate a missed opportunity for significant engagement and fulfillment on your part, and the intrinsic rewards that come from putting your heart and brain into your work.
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