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An exercise in willpower

By Personal development

I just came back from my morning run and I mean this quite literally: I came through the front door a few minutes ago, went up for a quick shower, grabbed my computer on the way down, flipped it open and started writing the sentence you’re reading. The topic came to me two blocks out (working title: How Do You Make It Stop?) and I had the whole thing outlined in my head by the time I got back.

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A turning point for corporations?

By Leadership, Social responsibility, Corporate culture, Business ethics

Social distancing measures have been in full effect for weeks and legions of people have retreated – more or less happily – to the relative safety of their homes. Workplaces and public spaces that used to teem with people lie eerily empty and many employees – fortunate ones for whom telecommuting proved possible – have carried on with their professional lives in a strange virtual world where newly disembodied organizations large and small continue to operate.

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We’re trying to put the economy in a state of hibernation. It’s never been done before.

By Business ethics, Leadership, Social responsibility

What we are attempting, as far as I know, has never been done. Some microorganisms such as yeasts, fungi and bacteria can go completely dormant for periods of time that can stretch over thousands of years, a phenomenon known as super-long anabiosis: a glacier moves in, the bacteria go into a deep freeze; the glacier pulls back ten thousand years later, the bacteria go back to their business.

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A short story about Purpose, Excellence and Beauty

By Culture of judo, Social responsibility, Corporate culture

I had lunch, a little while ago, with a friend who had recently vacationed in Japan for a few weeks. As we were waiting for our food to arrive, the sushi chef working close by behind his counter, my friend told me the story of a successful Japanese restaurant owner who had been asked if he had any plans to expand his restaurant—to get a larger space and add more tables.

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