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Category Archives: Models

The leader as accompanist

posted by Joshua on December 15, 2016 in Education, Leadership, Models

The mainstream view of the leader is as the quarterback or command-and-control general. It’s changing, but those views seem the most common. Different models for leading work better for different situations. Alternative models that I find work more often are that The leader serves his or her followers, see “Lessons in leadership from Frances Hesselbein,[…] Keep reading →

It pays to blow your mind sometimes

posted by Joshua on December 8, 2016 in Awareness, Models, Nature, Nonjudgment, Perception

Flexibility in your beliefs and mental models is a key part of intelligence and leadership. Your beliefs influence how you see the world. Only being able to see things one way confines you to a mental jail and keeps you from solving problems. Think of the 4-minute mile. When everyone believed breaking it was impossible,[…] Keep reading →

What I do

posted by Joshua on July 8, 2016 in Education, Leadership, Models

A friend read my book, ReModel, and asked me: Josh, what’s your model about yourself? He clarified: You wrote about how people can be Cathedral-Builders instead of being miserable. What’s your equivalent of being a Cathedral-Builder? “Cathedral-Builder” refers to the parable of The Three Stonecutters: Many years ago, a passerby saw three workers cutting stones[…] Keep reading →

I don’t think of diet, exercise, and behavior as preventing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes

posted by Joshua on July 6, 2016 in Fitness, Models, Nature

I was reading some articles on how diet, exercise, and behavior like not smoking can prevent cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. The story on cancer summarized from one study: Using sophisticated modeling techniques, the researchers argued that less than 30 percent of the lifetime risk of getting many common cancers was because of intrinsic risk[…] Keep reading →

The myth you believe about yourself that causes you to fail

posted by Joshua on June 14, 2016 in Awareness, Choosing/Decision-Making, Fitness, Models, Nature

I pointed out to a friend that he interrupted me nearly every time I spoke. He apologized and added, “I will never do it again.” I believe he felt sincere when he said it, but I work in developing people and I’ve heard people say similar things too many times to expect he could do[…] Keep reading →

The Beijing Sky, Ancient Rome, Mel Brooks, and personal responsibility

posted by Joshua on June 13, 2016 in Awareness, Models, Nature, Visualization

Have you seen the Beijing Sky lately? It looks more clear sometimes, but often like this: That’s not fog, that’s smog. We have a whole planet’s worth of atmosphere, and we manage to make a city’s air look like that. Beijing isn’t alone. Plenty of cities around the world look the same, as you know.[…] Keep reading →