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Hurricane Scale

Born in 1917 in Brooklyn, NY, this man grew up to be a civil engineer. At the age of 30 he went to work for Dade County, Fla., updating the local building code. Important work to be sure, but nothing glamorous or historic. But one thing would set this hidden gem apart. He had developed […]

Nobody Wanted Him. Now He’s a Star

You can bet that more than one Division I basketball coach would love a 6-foot-6 guard/forward with a scoring touch. Well, hundreds of coaches had a shot at just such a player — and passed. Meet Raiquan Clark of LIU Brooklyn, leading scorer in the Northeast Conference. He’s a star. Four years ago, in search […]

How Much of Making the Hall of Fame Is Pure Chance?

No matter how much talent is involved, making the Hall of Fame can also depend on pure chance.

The Worst Hiring Decision in NFL History

The New York Giants could have had Bill Belichick as their coach. But George Young, the team general manager at the time, saw reasons not to hire the man who may be the greatest football coach in history.

What Made Jerry Garcia Great

He didn’t try to make music that everyone would like. He tried to make music that he liked.

When a Hire Just Doesn’t Work Out

Of the millions of hires made each year, some people just never fit in, others get sick and can’t deliver, and still others wind up as little performers with big resumes.

What’s Your Response to Criticism?

Everyone gets criticized one time or another. But when you’re attacked, it helps to have a sense of worth that comes from having accomplished things.

Why Does Rejection Hurt So Much?

Science helps explain why so many people are afraid to get turned down in business, love and anywhere in life.

Times Square’s Lesson on Making Great Hires

If you want to make a spectacular hire, look for the person with a sense of wonder. Look for someone who’s excited and not afraid to show it.

What’s the Funniest Thing That’s Ever …

It never hurts to be able to laugh at yourself. It makes you attractive to those around you — even the ones who may be giving you a job.