Category: Manners and Morals

Adam Grant — Successful Givers, Toxic Takers, and the Life We Spend at Work

08:04 on people who are generous, being the most likely to fail big and be successful…big.


The organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who many know from his New York Times columns, describes three orientations of which we are all capable: the givers, the takers, and the matchers. These influence whether organizations are joyful or toxic for human beings. His studies are dispelling a conventional wisdom that selfish takers are the most likely to succeed professionally. And he is wise about practicing generosity in organizational life — what he calls making “microloans of our knowledge, our skills, our connections to other people” — in a way that is transformative for others, ourselves, and our places of work.

I could not disagree more

“I could not disagree more with Governor Hogan’s request to cease the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Maryland.
Turning our backs on refugees fleeing the same senseless violence we witnessed in Paris is not just heartless, it is a betrayal of America’s values.
Preserving the safety of Maryland’s residents and providing refuge for Syrians fleeing violence are not mutually exclusive; we can and must do both.” -Councilman Representative Elijah E. Cummings

On Scheduling

From a recent Time article:

 When you schedule things, you are forced to deal with the fact that there are only so many hours in a week. You’re forced to make choices rather than add something to a never ending to-do list that only becomes a source of anxiety. And you can’t just schedule important work and creative stuff. You need to schedule time for rest and recovery and mundane things like email.

The Public Speaker – The Importance of Visual Communication

The Importance of Visual Communication – MP3

Have you noticed the trend toward more and more visual communication? Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker, will tell you about an informal year-long experiment where she pitted words against pictures.

What does this tell us about communication? First, people really like visual presentations! Second, people really like short presentations!  Although QDT episodes are already short (about 6-9 minutes), the slides decks can be consumed in one-two minutes. Undoubtedly, a short visual presentation will encourage some people to go on to read or research more, but many people will not. That’s OK. You’ve still communicated key ideas with those people. You’ve planted a seed. And it may grow, and they may come back for more. – See more at:

“We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers.” -Eulogy for the Martyred Children

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