Monthly Archives: December 2014

The stages of developing empathy and compassion

on December 31, 2014 in Exercises

You can learn to improve your empathy and compassion skills. You can do so deliberately by practicing exercises that work. If you’re reading this, you know the value of empathy and compassion to yourself and people you interact with. I don’t claim to be the best in the world but I do better now than before. I’ve also seen students and coaching clients do it. I found the pattern goes[…] Keep reading →

The value of technique in leadership

on December 30, 2014 in Art, Education, Exercises, Habits, Leadership

An actor told me about a time he forgot his line on Broadway in front of about a thousand people, some who paid hundreds of dollars for their seats. He was in his forties and had acted for decades. Still, sometimes you forget your lines. What do you do when a thousand people are watching you and you don’t know what to say? Most of us have faced not knowing[…] Keep reading →

My next seminar, January 12 at The Yard in NYC!

on December 29, 2014 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Exercises, Leadership

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Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Your World Cup Ethical Questions, Answered

on December 28, 2014 in Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicist, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is a take on today’s post, “Your World Cup Ethical Questions, Answered.” The column doesn’t have a new post today, so I guess the Times gives the writer a vacation, which seems odd for a once-a-week column with only a few paragraphs.[…] Keep reading →

How you lose weight

on December 27, 2014 in Exercises, Fitness, Models, Nature

Have you ever wondered about when you lose weight what happens to the mass you lose? I didn’t think of it either. My first thought was that you excrete it. You lose some water and salt to sweating, but I figured that got replaced so didn’t figure into long-term weight loss. I didn’t wonder how the mass you lose would get to your kidneys or bowels. I read recently that[…] Keep reading →

A reader asks about integrity and self-control

on December 26, 2014 in Habits, Leadership

A reader asked, about my post “Three years of burpees,” Integrity is a interesting concept. Its the same thing for me, after having developed some strong daily habits, which are different from yours. It has made developing harder habits, much easier. How is integrity different from self-control? Isnt self-control the same as doing something when nobody is watching? The way I think about it is, that developing any habit requires[…] Keep reading →

Protecting the environment improves your life

on December 25, 2014 in Models, Nature

The dominant mainstream mental model I see about protecting the environment associates it with deprivation. I think most people associate helping the environment with driving cars with poor acceleration, eating food they don’t like, and wearing clothes made of hemp. I find this message counterproductive and inconsistent with what works. It’s counterproductive because it repels most people. I find it inconsistent because to me the basic elements of protecting the[…] Keep reading →