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Monthly Archives: November 2013

How would you behave during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

posted by Joshua on March 31, 2015 in Art, Choosing/Decision-Making, Leadership, Perception

The movie Thirteen Days illustrated how John Kennedy and the executive branch handled the Cuban Missile Crisis. I recommend the movie (and Robert Kennedy’s book of the same name). I edited some parts to highlight one aspect of the situation—the personal perspectives and behavior of people closest to the President. While you won’t likely face[…] Keep reading →

You don’t have to overcome adversity to achieve a lot

posted by Joshua on March 30, 2015 in Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Perception

I keep hearing people say that if only they lived in a time of greater crisis, they could have achieved more. They look at George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and other famous leaders and notice they emerged through crises. I read a Harvard Business Review article implying people have to go through[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Must I Drive My Friend to Have an Abortion?

posted by Joshua on March 29, 2015 in Choosing/Decision-Making, Ethicist, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicists, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is a take on today’s post,”Must I Drive My Friend to Have an Abortion?” My closest friend just got pregnant and is in no way ready to[…] Keep reading →

Know your antagonist

posted by Joshua on March 28, 2015 in Art

The art of telling stories is one of the great communications skills that spans all cultures and time. Learning to tell them effectively helps nearly all relationships. Every story has a protagonist and an antagonist. When I studied storytelling, I learned that although we root for the protagonist, we usually find the antagonist more interesting.[…] Keep reading →

The great masters of speaking with authentic voices

posted by Joshua on March 25, 2015 in Awareness, Exercises, Freedom, Humor, Leadership

Following up yesterday’s post’s exercise for how to speak authentically, I wanted to give a couple more examples illustrating mastery of speaking authentically. People who speak authentically can say things others can’t, meaning they have more freedom. We respect them not for their technical mastery of some craft but that they speak without that. A[…] Keep reading →