Knowledge Blocks



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Hooked, The Social License, and What to Do When It's Your Turn
December 2, 2014, 12:40 PM
The Social License, and why the name Macondo, in hindsight, was the perfect moniker for the oil and gas prospect in the Gulf of Mexico.




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Linchpin & The ShipIt Workbook
November 12, 2014, 1:08 AM
Seth Godin's Linchpin is a brilliant book, but it is a companion piece to that book that I'm pulling today's thought from.



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KnowledgeBlock Redux
November 10, 2014, 4:15 PM
With the launch of this here website, it is time to kick the rust off the KnowledgeBlocks project and start it up again.




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Daily Block for 05/20/2014
May 20, 2014, 8:00 PM
Cheapskates know that we must become our own top financial advisers. It's too important a job to trust to someone else or to rely on formulas.



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Daily Block for 05/19/2014
May 19, 2014, 5:00 AM
A successful, healthy retirement is about coordinating all aspects of your life, while continuing to pursue your passions and your family life. Financially you need to know "when" you can retire. And knowing your retirement number, which Social Security option to take, or seeing up a tax-efficient cash flow are all-important components.




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Daily Block for 05/09/2014
May 9, 2014, 10:00 AM
First...ask questions about yourself. All of us fall into unproductive habits, sometimes unconsciously



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Daily Block for 05/08/2014
May 8, 2014, 5:00 AM
I ask probing questions because my people want to look good and I want them to look good. The goal is to get them to learn on their own. Whatever they want to accomplish is what I help them do.




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Daily Block for 05/06/2014
May 6, 2014, 5:00 AM
A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something–and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change.



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Daily Block for 05/05/2014
May 5, 2014, 5:00 AM
Humble Inquiry maximizes my curiosity and interest in the other person and minimizes bias and preconceptions about the other person. I want to _access my ignorance_ and ask for information in the least biased and threatening way. I do not want to lead the other person or put him or her into a position of having to give a socially acceptable response.




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Daily Block for 05/02/2014
May 2, 2014, 5:00 AM
Tightly focused attention gets fatigued--much like an overworked muscle--when we push to the point of cognitive exhaustion. The signs of mental fatigue, such as a drop in effectiveness and a rise in distractedness and irritability, signify tat the mental effort needed to sustain focus has depleted the glucose that feeds neural energy. The antidote to attention fatigue is the same as for the physical kind: take a rest.



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Daily Block for 05/01/2014
May 1, 2014, 5:00 AM
The good news is the benefits of mindfulness training are already naturally generalizable or, put another way, easily incorporated into all areas of our lives. For example, your attention naturally gravitates toward things that are either very pleasant or very unpleasant, so if you can train yourself to keep your attention on anything else. Your breath is like New York City for your attention--if your attention can make it here, it can make it anywhere.




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Daily Block for 04/29/2014
April 29, 2014, 5:00 AM
The work of developing leadership presence through mindfulness begins by recognizing how much time we spend in a mental state that has come to be called _continuous partial attention_. If you're like most of us, you probably take pride in your ability to multitask, to be incredibly efficient by simultaneously listening to a conference call, writing a few e-mails, and eating your salad at your desk.