The Atlas

Game theory, scarcity and practicing the journey

Two of my favorite authors -- Brene Brown and Simon Sinek -- have several fundamental principles in common. Today, I discuss Simon's latest book, "The Infinite Game" and how it ties to Brene's points on Culture of Scarcity, and what happens if we change our focus from the destination to the journey.

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Skill & will are table stakes; but the killer is judgement

I spend a lot of time talking about the empowerment of teams, and the value of coaching your people and giving them room to make mistakes and learn from them. The truth is, however, this assumes a few key elements are in place to make that work: skill, will and judgement.

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Full-time, freelance and models of work

If you are going to change from full-time to self-employed (freelance), what are some key things you need to address to make the leap?

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Those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it

Last Thursday my former business unit was all but shut down. Almost all that remained of the team I loved beyond measure was laid off. And the small handful who were not laid off were put in the horrible position of being the 'last man standing' to deal with clients, a complicated transition and more work that is realistic for such a tiny number of people. My phone started exploding around 7:00 a.m. and went on well into the night.

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The 16-year Anniversary of my first Radical Reinvention

My first and most significant "radical reinvention" was my weight loss surgery at the age of 28. But it wasn't in the ways I had expected.

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Con mucho amor de Medellin

It's now been a month since I got to Medellin. As I expected, I absolutely love the city. The people are hospitable, the climate is fantastic, the city is dog-friendly, clean and easy to navigate via the Metro (supplemented by taxis and Ubers when needed), business and infrastructure are remarkably strong, and while there are some American/European brands here, Colombians are still distinctly their own and global, watered-down monoculture has not taken root here.

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Making time for the things that didn't used to matter

As someone whose work centers around major live pivots for people (typically) over the age of 40, it should come as no surprise that I study a lot about the unfortunately-named concept of the "mid-life crisis."

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Planning a change, playing from strengths and shoulding all over yourself

Instead of feeling guilty for wanting to make a change in your life, start by assessing your strengths objectively and outside the context of your career. Once you can identify them, then you are on your way to building a narrative around your ability to contribute value in a new space.

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