Tribal Immunities

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When an organism detects the presence of a foreign body, its immunity system kicks in to destroy the invaders. When the human body becomes infected with a virus or bacteria, a healthy immune system dispatches a variety of white blood cells to attack the threat. Most notably, B-cell lymphocytes attack external threats (viruses, bacteria, etc), while T-cell lymphocytes defend against the …

Who Scores the Points?

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Teamwork … collaboration … synergy … nearly every organization these days talks regularly about the necessity (not just the virtue) of working together to seize opportunities, fix problems, and accomplish the organization’s larger mission. But when open positions need to be filled, or budget resources grow short, everyone knows that all positions — and therefore the people that fill them — …

Your Next Move

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The phenomena of influence is is too often thought of through the single linear lens of cause/effect. We judge our level of influence on the visibility of outcomes we can trace back to our influential act. Where at least two children are interacting, this concept can be seen in its purest from: ME: “Why are you screaming up there?” DAUGHTER: “Because …

Hardcore Excellence

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In our modern, high-speed, short attention span, 140-character world, the conventional wisdom for building a successful content platform — be it a blog, podcast, etc — is generally the same: Keep the content short and easily scanned/read/listened to in relatively bite-size servings (30-60 minutes per episode for podcasts, 500-750 words per post for blogs) Keep the content fresh with a …

Holiday Tomatoes

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Gold foil wrapper … snowflake graphics … “LIMITED EDITION” … of course you’re buying those special Christmas cherry tomatoes over the ones in the nondescript green plastic basket, right? If you think both the question and the packaging effort are ridiculous because there’s nothing particularly Christmas-y about cherry tomatoes, you’re quite right. And you’re missing the point. The logic of a …