Your Maps Are Wrong

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Almost a century after Columbus is credited with defying the conventional wisdom that the Earth was flat (which wasn’t actually the case), an inventive mathematician and cartographer figured out a better way to map the Earth by flattening it. In 1569, Gerardus Mercator developed his cylindrical map projection, which enabled him to map the globe in a way that longitude …

Cloudy with a Chance of Insight

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Yesterday Ryan Hawk released his 50th episode of The Learning Leader Show, and he marked the milestone with a truly world-class leadership guest: Dr. Henry Cloud. Having been a huge fan of Dr. Cloud’s work for so long, I was nevertheless excited to live vicariously through my friend and hear what a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Cloud on Leadership would …

Paper Chase

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When you are hiring a leader for your organization and you limit your search to only those applicants with the right credentials from the proper business schools, do note that the following people will not be qualified to work for you: Paul Allen Richard Branson Mark Cuban Michael Dell Larry Ellison Steve Jobs Herb Kelleher Think about that… On the other hand, checking the …

Who’s Smiling Now?

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On Saturday, a Bay-Area reporter with a penchant for writing about Amazon.com and a Brooklyn journalist who “writes about gender, politics, and other topics” teamed up to target one of the Tech World’s most successful giants, Amazon. Armed with a reported 100+ interviews of current and former Amazon employees, David Streitfeld and Jodi Kantor took aim at one of the …

Like A Virgin

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It’s always interesting to hear the dichotomy between how the successful, rule-breaking, convention-busting Leaders describe their success and the way Conventional Wisdom keeps dismissing their simple ways as not workable, not realistic, unique to them, etc. To wit: Thinking differently doesn’t necessarily cost any more — it just takes a commitment to not doing more of the same. While no …