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Why is finding “purpose” so hard?

The encouragement to “live your purpose” is all around us all the time. Every time I look at social media, I am inundated with posts and quotes encouraging me to live my purpose and examples of people living their purpose. It seems so easy. So… why is it so hard?…

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Why Cognitive Diversity Will Make Your Team Stronger

How many times have your teachers, professors and even bosses asked you to form your own teams to produce some output—whether it be a presentation, report or something more abstract? I’ve been asked that question in practically every classroom and work setting since I was in kindergarten. And in spite…

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Astrid Chirinos on Social Capital

Astrid Chirinos is the Chief Development Officer for the Latin American Economic Development Corporation. In this video, she shares her thoughts on social capital and the importance of moving beyond transactional relationships to building trust. https://youtu.be/MvLsszEQ-wA

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Soft Skills are Really Hard

I recently led a training on how to effectively communicate in difficult situations, and the person introducing me to the participants referred to the training as focusing on “soft skills.” As I hear these words (not the first time), I feel a visceral frustration well up in my gut. These…

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Social Productivity

In college, I would get back to my room well after midnight not realizing that my whole night had been taken away by a conversation with a friend. I would then decide it was time to be “productive”. The next morning, I would feel regret for the long conversation the…

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