A Dog Named Hari

Blair Braverman is a big deal in the world of adventure dogsledding. One of her dogs is named Hari (after Haricot Vert). He is an Alaskan Huskie, bred to be strong, fast and incredibly healthy. But one of the few afflictions that can affect this breed is blindness. And at the age of three, Hari […]

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In The Blink Of An Eye

Happy New Year! I hope you had a good holiday and were able to enjoy some time off. My own holiday was something of a mixed bag this year. A planned outing at my brother’s house was cancelled at the last minute when Santa brought with him a virulent strain of vomiting bug that took […]

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Ask For What You Want

Recently, I heard a story about a man who worked at the UN. After 27 years of service, he was finally taking retirement. At his exit interview, he was asked by a Human Resources Manager for “feedback” on working conditions in his department. Was there anything that could be improved? The man thought for a […]

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Join the Dance

Life is unpredictable. Haven’t you noticed? Just when things look like they’re finally settling down, just when you’re getting a handle on it…BAM! The whole thing up and changes again. Hey, No Fair! you scream and shout. At least five times a day, I hear some version of this in my office. And I am […]

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The Social Network

According to research, about 85% of all jobs are filled through some form of personal referral. Understanding this simple fact is essential for making progress in your career and in your life in general. Back when I worked in recruitment, we used to have a saying that “People hire people.” And it’s as true now […]

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Shadowboxing

Growing up, my father worked two jobs to support his growing family. It was unglamorous work, the kind that requires sturdy boots year round and insulated overalls during freezing winter months. After work, he liked to unwind with a couple of beers while he sloughed off the day. As a child, I was sometimes fascinated […]

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The Art of Make Believe

Not long ago, I found myself listening with fascination to a radio piece on NPR about a family growing up in Chicago during the 1980s. The father, Jim Steinfel, had been in the Navy as a young man. Now married with 12 children (yes, that’s right, twelve children), he invented an elaborate game in order […]

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Four Walls of Freedom

Yesterday, I sat on a beach watching my son as he filled a bucket with briny slop, his face a study in concentration. Then a wave came crashing in and swept the bucket away from us. After righting himself and collecting his bucket, he then set about his task again with a singular focus – […]

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Adaptation

While I am not usually drawn to military memoirs, I found I could not put down General Stanley McChrystal’s Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement For a Complex world. The book is an easy read, even for military know-nothings like myself. He does a masterful job of telling his own story, while extrapolating from […]

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