“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch


“The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch

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Randy Pausch’s book “The Last Lecture” stood out in my mind as I thought about about purpose and passion. His life embodied both, and Pausch was a great model for us all. And so I thought I would write about him and his now immortalized lecture.

Randy Pausch

A professor of computer science, human-computer interaction, and design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pausch’s lecture was ironically scheduled as part of a last lecture series in which professors would pretend this was their final time at the dias and impart their most significant lessons. For Pausch, however, it would truly be his last lecture, as he had been diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer and given six months to live. [Read more…]

How Great Leaders Inspire Action — TEDx (Puget Sound) Talk by Simon Sinek


How Great Leaders Inspire Action
TEDx (Puget Sound) Talk by Simon Sinek

Listening to Simon Sinek explain what he calls “The Golden Circle” is fascinating. He begins with questions. “How do you explain when things that do succeed defy all of the assumptions? Why is Apple so innovative year after year,” he asks, “when they are just like everyone else? Same assets, talents, agencies.” Using three little words — why, how and what — Sinek explains why some leaders and organizations are able to succeed and others are not.


Simply put, all of the great and inspiring leaders and organizations in the world think, act and communicate the exact same way. And it is the complete opposite to everyone else. Let’s think about his Golden Circle.

The outer circle is WHAT. Every single organization on the planet knows what it does. Apple, as an example, “Makes great computers.”

Next is HOW organizations do what they do. Some do know how they do it; others do not. Citing Apple again: “We make great computers. They’re beautifully designed, simple to use and user friendly.” [Read more…]

Crucial Conversations: Tools For Talking When Stakes Are High

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS: Tools for talking when stakes are high

By Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler

crucial conversations

This is a terrific book! It delivers practical skills that will help you succeed with any crucial conversation in your life, whether personal or professional. Most people avoid having really important conversations because they fear a negative outcome. This is particularly true if the talk is with someone of importance in your life or it is a particularly difficult and meaningful topic.

Crucial Conversations will [Read more…]

Want To Help Someone? Shut Up And Listen! – TED Talk by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli

TED Talk by Dr. Ernesto Sirolli

The title of Dr. Ernesto Sirolli’s TED Talk might sound a bit harsh, but he learned from experience the importance of listening. It was shaped by seven years as a young man in Africa where every project he worked on for his nonprofit failed.

One example of a lesson learned: Currently a sustainable economic development expert, the then-young Sirolli and his colleagues decided to teach the Zambian people how to grow food. They lived in a magnificent, fertile valley close to a river and so it seemed to Sirolli’s group they should have agriculture. “How could they not?” they asked. “We must save the Zambian people from starvation,” they declared. And so, [Read more…]