Tag: Ronald Reagan

[Life Back West] Early Autumn 2014 – The Big Reset

English: Value function in Prospect Theory, dr...

We might sell our Dolores Park area home, a house we’ve lived in for 20 years. But then again, if the price isn’t right, we might not. We might pare down early – accelerating a plan 10 years out – and buy a place in Stanley Saitowitz’ minimalistic 8 Octavia in Hayes Valley. But then again, if […]

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De Nile is not a River


Face it, we all do it: The job we’re hopeful we’ll land has no chance of ever showing up in an offer letter. That diet (mine in this case) that we think worked well has the regular 36″ waist size slacks still too tight. The company that’s getting it’s lunch handed to it in the […]

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Just Say No.

Life, careers and work are full of decisions. Sometimes, though, the hardest yet best thing to say is one simple word: “No.” We know from research (channel Ronald Reagan: “Facts are stubborn things.”) that all those little decisions we make every day take a toll and turns out it’s a big one. Carmel macchiato with […]

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[Life Back West] September 2011 – Guess What Predicts Your Success?

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Character counts – at least that’s what most of us are told as kids. But does it really? What if – as the headline of this week’s New York Times Magazine blared – The Secret to Success is Failure, and not your GPA or even the schools you attended but rather your CPA – character […]

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Unconventional Leadership: How Did Vulnerability Become Powerful?

Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan aboard an Ameri...

It’s an interesting world we live in. “Show No Fear” and “Take No Prisoners” form the budget bargaining approach we get from the present Speaker of the House – John Boehner – who also cries at the drop of his hat. Is the ability to evidence toughness and vulnerability in style? Are emotions the new black? […]

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Talent Wars: The “A” Player Hoax

The cover of The Legion of Super-Heroes (vol. ...

We love easy solutions: take a pill and lose weight; go to the right schools and become a zillionaire; hire the right “A” player new talent while clearing out the “C” deadwood and make your business a great success. But life (mostly) is not that way. As Ronald Reagan said, “It’s simple, but not simplistic.” […]

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