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William James

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The Thing That Will Kill Any Team

Casey Stengel, who managed the New York Yankees to seven World Series titles, said, “The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.” Stengel knew that just one or two players can poison a whole group. That applies to any team, whether it’s in an […]

When People Don’t Appreciate You

There’s a saying that no good deed goes unpunished. You do your best, and there’s always someone there with criticism, second-guessing or blame. What do you do, especially since William James, the father of American psychology, says the deepest human need is to be appreciated? You can take some advice from Mother Teresa. Wait a […]

A Key to Motivation

Few paragraphs could ever teach more about motivation than the following one, written by Geoff Colvin and appearing in the acknowledgments section of his book, “Talent is overrated.” This book would not have been written if my “Fortune” colleague Jerry Useem hadn’t walked into my office and and asked if I wanted to write something […]