When the paradox of choice is only a pair

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Psychologist Barry Schwartz’s The Paradox of Choice poses the premise that when confronted with too many choices, we fail to choose. Strawberry jam or blackberry jam, easy. But festoon the shelves with all manner of exotic and intriguing flavors, and we stare at them numbly. With a name like Smuckers, it has to be complicated.    The notion that too …

The Rest of Life

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With my wife out with her regular group of friends, I had the night to myself. It had been easily three years since I really played my guitar with any intentionality, so I dug out a James Taylor CD and played along to one of his songs, “Copperline.” (I always sound much better when accompanied by Mr. Taylor, rather than when …

What Comes Around

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“Paul, I remember something you told me probably ten years ago…” I was talking with an old business friend when he said this, and he then exactly recited whatever it was — some philosophy or principle of life, or whimsical observation. Maybe nothing profound, just something in the moment that seem to fit his situation. It’s probably been, well, ten …

Doubting to learn

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Many years ago in my corporate career, someone who knew me well told me: “You’re not always right, but you’re never in doubt.” It took me a while to realize that the observation probably wasn’t a compliment! (And here I thought it was just my intellectual determination at work!) How do we feel about being “in doubt?” Ego, at its most …

When the hits come

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They say it happens in a split second. When you’re going 75 miles an hour, a split second is all the time it took for the 120-pound deer to show up in the path of my motorcycle while riding on the freeway two months ago. The deer is no longer here to explain its action nor reflect on its decisions, …

The Sand Is Still There

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It is one thing to peer at the grainy, monotone photographs and films of documentaries and news programs this week, or to wince vicariously at the brutal opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. It is altogether a deeper visceral experience to stand on the wind-swept beaches and try to imagine what happened on that theater of slaughter.  You almost forget to …

Exercising Love

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Over the last two decades serving as a leadership coach, at some point in our conversations I have asked nearly all of my clients to recall someone who has had a lasting positive impact on their life and career.  Many people paused and went to a different place emotionally in rummaging up the name and the memory. The answers were never …