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Top Ten Things to Do in Phoenix—and a Little Extra
May 4, 2023
Phoenix is Arizona’s largest city—a place where the spirit of the West continues to inspire in the modern age. For those attending LevelUp 2023, here are ten suggestions of things to see when you have some spare time.
Will AI Help or Hurt Artists?
Apr 27, 2023
Artificial Intelligence-based image generators like DALL-E 2, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion are just a few of the recent advancements stoking fears about AI, and not without reason.
Level Up in Life Like Never Before
Apr 20, 2023
If you’ve attended TOS-Con in the past, you know the soul-fueling power of our conferences. But LevelUp 2023 will break the mold.
Vacation with OSI in Sedona after LevelUp!
Mar 30, 2023
After sharpening your mind and fueling your soul at LevelUp 2023, what better way to extend the fun than by joining Objective Standard Institute for a vacation in Sedona?
What People Say About Our Conferences
Mar 12, 2023
LevelUp 2023 could be the highlight of your year—and the time to register is now! Early-bird pricing, which will save you 20–50% on registration, ends March 15.
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Improve Relationships, Teams, and Communication with Radical Candor
By Angelica Walker-Werth | Sep 8, 2022
“Care personally, challenge directly.” These are the basic ideas that management coach Kim Scott suggests for being what she calls “radically candid,” a method of being honest and compassionate, especially when it comes to giving feedback. Her book Radical Candor is aimed at corporate managers, but most of its advice is applicable to any relationship.
LevelUp 2023: TOS-Con’s New Name, Date, and Location
By Craig Biddle | Sep 7, 2022
Objective Standard Institute’s summer conference—previously called “TOS-Con”—is now “LevelUp Conferences.” Level Up 2023 will be in Phoenix, Arizona, June 21–24. The venue is the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa.
Five Great Life Lessons from the Music of Rush
By Thomas Walker-Werth | Sep 4, 2022
Music can be a powerful tool for enriching our lives. It can bring us joy, or provide solace during tough times. It can inspire creativity and spark passion. Some music can also teach us valuable life lessons. This is the case with much of the work of the Canadian progressive rock band Rush.
Pushing Forward with “Extreme Ownership”
By Thomas Ricucci | Aug 4, 2022
Are you experiencing leadership challenges at work–with employees, supervisors, or peers–and seeking examples of what excellence looks like? Or maybe you’re looking for motivation or inspiration to get you through difficult moments in your life, or simply to keep pushing forward. If so, then perhaps “Jocko Podcast” is for you.
Ella Enchanted: A Fun Celebration of Freedom
By Angelica Walker-Werth | May 10, 2022
Imagine a Cinderella story that’s about something deeper than just a girl being swept off to become a princess. Ella Enchanted, a 2004 film starring Anne Hathaway, is exactly that: a fun film set in a medieval-style kingdom with fairies and elves that demonstrates the importance of freedom.