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Improve Relationships, Teams, and Communication with Radical Candor

“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.

Calumet “K”, by Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster

America was built by energetic, industrious people—honest, competent, persistent creators who triumphed over the harsh conditions of this new world. Such underappreciated heroes are celebrated in the novelette Calumet “K” (1901), by Samuel Merwin and Henry Kitchell Webster.

Five Benefits of Reading Groups

When was the last time you read a book and discussed it in detail with others? Reading can be enormously valuable, giving you new ideas, perspectives, and information, but discussing what you read with others who are reading the same material can greatly enhance the rewards.

The Fountainhead Reading Group with Andrew Bernstein

Here’s an opportunity to enrich your life with a deep dive into Ayn Rand’s soul-fueling novel The Fountainhead. It’s the story of Howard Roark—an independent thinker, architect, and innovator, who refuses ever to compromise his principles—and his battle against the...

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How to Read More

If you want to read more, you may stumble upon specific tips such as getting a Kindle or listening to audio books. These are shown to help, but they don’t tackle the essential issue. There’s a philosophical problem going on. You have to adopt a certain mindset.

How The Lean Startup Method Can Save You Time and Money

If I could summarize the main lesson of Eric Ries’s The Lean Startup in one sentence, it would be something like this: When launching a product, start small, get it to market as quickly as possible, and then use this market feedback to adjust and move forward. Ries...

For Maximum Success, “Eat That Frog”

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with a project or task that you don't even know where to start? This often leads to procrastination. But if you sit down and think about the project, writing step by step what you need to do, things become clearer. How can we make...

David Goggins’s Key to Perseverance

I now understand why former Navy Seal and ultra marathoner, David Goggins, earned the nicknames the “toughest man alive,” the “sultan of suffering,” a “connoisseur of pain,” and a “disciple of discipline.” Listening to the audiobook of his life story, Can’t Hurt...