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You may be a fan of Prince or may never have liked him much, but today is not just about music and not only about playing guitar, either. This post is an invitation to think about two questions: what [...]

Limit-situations and limit-acts: a free guide for turning obstacles into motivation

This post is a collage of two inspiring ideas from two smart people. At the bottom of the page, you will find a link to a free guide I created to help you make the most of these guys’ ideas for [...]

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Half of a Good Plan: A Blueprint for Incremental Work

Today I’m happy to share a new resource with you. It’s a list of 30 questions which form a blueprint for incremental work – in managing, coaching, self-coaching or teaching. You can [...]

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