July 2016

90 minutes of focused activity, followed by a 10-minute interval of conscious rejuvenation, maximize productivity.

Yes, that’s the 90/10 principle.

Who came up with that, you ask? Professor K. Anders Ericson and his colleagues at Florida State University have studied elite performers, including musicians, athletes, actors and chess players.  (more…)

My friend Marc Rubin and I tease our colleague Tina Governo.

You seem to be working harder than ever, we chuckle during a phone chat with her.

Tina just switched from a demanding full-time corporate leadership role to a part-time position. She has been on the road more than ever, it seems. Yeah – I chuckle and empathize. When I look at the pace of my life over the last 6 weeks I think to myself come on, really? Like, REALLY? (more…)

Yes, I’m biased. I’m a former theatre guy.

I think of this as I stumble on an article about improvisation in, of all places, the Wall Street Journal (7/8/2016). From a young age on we’re taught to master impulse control. It’s what grown-ups do, right? We manage our emotions. Avoid distraction. Aim for a zen-like focus, a sense of control. (more…)

It happened last week while I was in Europe.

Soccer fever fired up my heart. The European Championships in full bloom.

My 91-year-old mom and me, howling at the tv screen in her living room, cheering the German team. The joys of soccer run deep in my family. Decades of tv watching with mom and dad and my brother Thomas. Yup, sweet. (more…)