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To Be, or Not to Be…

Today at my local Toastmasters Club I reprised, in part, the role of Prince Hamlet by enacting the famous soliloquy from act 3, scene 1.  This fulfilled the requirements for the advanced speech project, “The Monodrama,” taken from the Toastmasters … Continue reading

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Carpe Diem? Not Really.

Robin Williams, in the character of English teacher John Keating, popularized the phrase, “carpe diem,” in the 1989 movie, The Dead Poets Society, when he said, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Popular culture took it … Continue reading

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Fractals and Performance

Benoît B. Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, known for describing the eponymous Mandelbrot Set, died Friday, October 14, 2010, at age 85. It’s likely you have seen computer-generated fractal art, a testimony to the widespread cultural influence and popularization of … Continue reading

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The Price of Gold: 2.9013

2.9013 No, this is not the U.S. postal zip code for Beverly Hills, California, 90210, it’s the price of gold, 2.9013. Memorize that number. 2.9013 is statistically significant and scientifically grounded. 2.9013 is the “Losada Line” named for positive psychologist … Continue reading

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The Road to Wisdom

The Road to Wisdom? — Well, it’s plain and simple to express: Err and err and err again, but less and less and less.  (Piet Hein, 1905-1996, The Road to Wisdom) The efficient and insightful poetry of Piet Hein (which … Continue reading

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Complex Organizations are Work Groups

The work group is the building block of even the most complex organizations, which means that LDTL can arise, be practiced, and propagate from anywhere within an organization.

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Work Process Elements: Obtain, Enhance, Deliver

I have suggested previously that any job task can be viewed as a work process.  Fundamentally, for any task, resources are Obtained, Enhanced, and then Delivered (OED; Think Oxford English Dictionary, perhaps the first and largest “OED,” as an easy … Continue reading

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