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What Would Make You Eat a Rat?

Is courage genetic, or can it be formed through power of will?

Can You Trade a Baseball Player for a Box of Cigars?

Baseball history shows that the trade you make today can affect your organization — for better or worse — for years.

The Sixth-Grader No One Saw Coming

Right now in a sixth grade somewhere sits a person who one day be the best in the world at what they do. And no one knows who that person is.

Why Persistence is Relative

Persistence wins. But a person can persist in some areas, and quit in others.

How Eleanor Roosevelt Can Help You Hire

A quote by the famous first lady may give you important interview questions.

How a Failed Farmer Changed the World

First he tried to coax a living from the soil. He wound up coaxing secrets from the universe. This is the story of Isaac Newton, whose mother aimed to make him a farmer. It didn’t work. Thank goodness. Being sent to the farm was only one of the many trials Newton had to survive on […]

What We Don’t Know About Greatness

We know that massive effort in any field can lead to greatness. What we don’t know is why some people are willing to work hard and others are not.

The Invisible Gem Who Invented the Curveball

To all outward appearances, Arthur Cummings seemed a typical boy. But his persistence resulted in an invention that changed the game of baseball.

What Happens When You Hire a Dream Team?

You have heard of dream teams. There was the 1960s-70s folk rock group Crosby Stills Nash and Young, made up of star musicians. There was the American Olympic men’s basketball team of 1992. And then there was the team of lawyers who represented O.J. Simpson in his epic murder trial. In all three cases, lots […]

Faces Change, Personality Types Don’t

Let’s say you’re a teacher or a coach. You look out over a group of 12. We choose the number 12 arbitrarily, because it’s the size of a basketball team or a volleyball team, or the amount of students in a small class. You meet them on Day 1, and as time goes by, you […]