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What have you already voted for?

October 9, 2008

We all know it’s election time.   But you don’t have to be into politics to be already voting… A short article from our Outside the Lines newsletter.

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10 technologies that can change the world

October 8, 2008

Perhaps a little off the beaten track for a conversation about Great Work in organizations. But this post on alternative technologies from Curious? Read blog is inspiring for the practical imagination inherent in the solutions. Great Work starts with a

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Momento mori

October 7, 2008

When a conquering emperor returned to Rome he was often granted a triumph.  Crowds.  Loot.  Bread and circuses. The conquered enemy displayed and humiliated. Legend has it that the emperor had in his chariot a slave who, as well as

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Do you have a Trail Angel?

October 6, 2008

I spent some of August hiking in Newfoundland, a wonderful, inspiring and exhausting time. We were walking some of the International Appalachian Trail, and our guide Paul is the champion of the Newfoundland section.  (That’s me looking exhausted with Paul

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Strive for Adequate aka The Curse of Excellence

October 3, 2008

Most of what you should be doing is adequate. No more. No less. Adequate isn’t bad. Adequate = sufficient. And when you figure out the multitude of small things that can be done adequately rather than excellently, you’ll find (after

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How to remember your Great Work

October 1, 2008

The other day a friend of mine was bemoaning the difficulty of staying focused on Great Work when he was continually side-swiped by the urgency of the day to day. There is, sadly, no easy answer to this. But here’s

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Two characteristics of extraordinary partners

September 30, 2008

I was talking with my coach Ernest the other day about building and refining the team that supports Box of Crayons.  He helped me notice that I’m looking for three types of people, depending on the work that’s required. The

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