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Malcolm Gladwell Knows What He’s Talking About

Rosemary Lawlor was a newlywed, but was she just a newlywed? In the “Strike an Intentional Tone” section from his MasterClass video on writing, Malcolm Gladwell begins with a quote from the first chapter on the “Limits of Power” section in his book, David and Goliath. “When the Troubles began in Northern Ireland, Rosemary Lawlor […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on October 14, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Light Bulbs and Ceiling Tiles

I ruined Mother’s Day for my wife. Her favorite special treat is breakfast for dinner. Every year for Mother’s Day, my wife looks forward to waffles, eggs, and all the bacon she can have for dinner with the family. As an added bonus, while everyone else is waiting in line for thirty minutes to an […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on October 7, 2018 2 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Multi-million-dollar game of telephone

In board rooms, war rooms, and locker rooms everywhere, a common problem exists. Leadership conceives of a plan, and then communicates the plan down through various levels of management until it ultimately reaches the people – the boots on the ground – who have the responsibility to execute the plan. In the best of worlds, […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 30, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Easy For Them, Not For You

Raise your hand if you LOVE to reach an automated attendant when contacting a company’s customer service number with a problem. I don’t see very many hands raised, and most of them are standing in the back, close to the exits. There are very few things more despised than navigating through a call-tree, yet they’re […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 23, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Art of Listening

The 2008 global financial meltdown. Hurricane Katrina. Pearl Harbor. 9/11. These are only a few examples of disasters that might have been significantly less horrific, and in some cases maybe even outright prevented, if people had listened to those trying to sound the warning. The intelligence failures of Pearl Harbor, repeated again during 9/11 have […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 16, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
Sunday Notes: Work Like A Cartoonist

Charles Schulz – the creator of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang – taught me how to read when I was three-years-old. These were the days when most people got their news from a combination of the daily newspaper and Walter Cronkite. Every day, after the grown-ups were done with the news, I […]

By MWD Posted in Sunday Notes on September 9, 2018 0 Comments Continue reading
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