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June 1, 2015

Creating moments with your children

How often do you say ‘Just a minute’ to your children?  My wife and I found ourselves saying it a lot, as we prioritized our terribly important busyness over our…
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December 16, 2014

Sloppiness is a gender issue

I work with a leader who is sloppy: a bit disorganized, he forgets things and at times drops the ball. He is also extremely successful and admired. The thing is,…
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October 31, 2014

Strategic Idleness

In a recent survey in the US, 83% of people said they had no time for 'relaxation or thinking' at all. In a knowledge economy, what hope can we have…
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September 29, 2014

Embarrassed about being busy

‘How are you?’ The chances are high that your response would be ‘busy’. Most of us today lead hectic lives, crunching through emails, racing between meetings and juggling competing demands.…
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May 19, 2014

The Busyness Law

If you saw a man collapse in front of you, in a clearly distressed state and needing help, would you stop and help? The answer is that it depends. In…
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May 13, 2014

Big problems and busyness

In the 1940s Enrico Fermi was listening to other distinguished physicists discuss the possibility of extra-terrestrial life. Given an enormous universe, it seems scientifically unlikely that life has only occurred…
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