Book Review #3: Think Again by Adam Grant

Last week I wrote a long post about my perspective on America’s epidemic of gun violence and then shortly afterwards, I had the opportunity to visit a gun range with some friends. I felt like it was my duty to challenge my assumptions about these weapons, to try to understand the passion people have of…

The Guide to Strategic Procrastination

I have an assignment due, but I really don’t feel like doing it. I still have time. That’s okay. I work better under pressure. Besides, I am more creative if I have a deadline. How am I going to get this done in one night? Why do I always wait until the last minute? If…

Five Lessons from Seth Godin’s Book Linchpin

As legendary start up lore would have it, Richard Branson, the founder of the young empire, Virgin Records, was stuck at an airport in Puerto Rico in 1984. He was trying to get to the British Virgin Islands to meet his girlfriend. Frustrated by the situation, and perhaps his lack of control, Branson looked around…

Stop Waiting For the Right Time… that Time is Now

By many accounts, Democratic Illinois state senator Alice Palmer, an African American educator and politician, was good at her job. She represented the 13th district, a diverse constituency that encompassed the poorer Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods from Hyde Park to the South Shore and from the wealthier neighborhoods of lakefront west to the Chicago Lawn.…