Tag: perseverance

[Early Spring 2015] The Envelope, Please

It’s a time of year when even the most distant observer notes that winners are separated from something referred to as losers. Who you are can be confused with what you’ve won (lately). College bowl games, Super Bowl, Golden Globe, Writers Guild of America, Grammys, Oscars – all proclaiming who is/was hot, and maybe by inference, who […]

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RIP Walter Breuning: Smarts & Wisdom – and Why You Need Both

Picture of Walter Breuning, taken on April 8, 2010

“The young man knows the rules but the old man knows the exceptions” suggested Oliver Wendell Holmes. Holmes, one of the 20th century’s most influential public figures, was on to something. While youth (and fresh eyes) serve well with certain types of situations – think Emperor’s New Clothes, quant analysis, or the brilliance behind the Apple’s […]

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Your Goal? Good Stories About Tough Times

Cover of "The Blessing Of A Skinned Knee:...

Wendy Mogel, author of New York Times bestseller The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children was in the City this week. I caught her presentation at the Hamlin School along with a bevy of parents from various independent schools. Mogel has great on-stage presence and funny charm, fitting for […]

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Your Career: How to Make a Comeback

Comebacks, from Carly Fiorina (and Jerry Brown), to Mickey Drexler, Henry Blodget, Martha Stewart, and even Steve Jobs, are in full form and fashion these days. What do all these people tell us? They tell us that you can make mistakes, get sacked, and like the nine-lived cat still return to center stage another day. […]

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[Life Back West] December 2009 – The Darkest Days

In earlier times, people in the northern hemisphere marked the winter solstice – the time of the year when daylight for the hemisphere is at its shortest – with rites and rituals. Even today those traditions live on with things like the California Revels and their event productions held in Oakland. This time of year […]

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[Life Back West] May 2009 – The Ties that Bind

This Sunday approximately 3,500 people, many of them strangers, will hop on their bicycles or take up their ride support stations and start a 545 journey that will last seven days from San Francisco to Los Angeles for AIDS LifeCycle 8 . It’s the 16th such undertaking dating back to the mid-90’s to raise money […]

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[Life Back West] April 2009 – The Hummingbirds Return

My thoughts for the future, though, have stayed somehow optimistic. It’s in part having lived a few decades to have seen some ups and downs, and in part it’s personal temperament: if you can figure out a way to do something, it’s simply a matter of execution. While it’s a quality that can come across as overconfidence, it’s really a matter of having figured something out. To crib a line from a Buddhist saying, “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.

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[Land O’Spin] What Can Genentech’s Art Levinson Tell “Britain’s Got Talent” Susan Boyle?

What often makes great leaders and business managers possible is that they are “right time, right place, and right skills” for that moment, and at their impactful best when they have the fortune of being able to signal by appearance or manner that change is imminent. If they can get traction – rather than being derailed early – great things are possible. Great leaders are rarely like their predecessors because conditions are seldom static.

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