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Past articles by Shane:

A simple rule to get yourself to do anything

Sometimes we jump off that diving board and land in a bellyflop. But we live. In fact, after you flop a few times, you realize it's not that terrible. → Read More

How to be good: A theory about virtues & values

What most get wrong about values, most groups get doubly wrong. Gaining a strong underpinning of what values mean could help people like me feel better. → Read More

How to hire the elusive Culture Add

When we emphasize conformity, we discourage people from making discoveries and from being themselves. That's not great from a sanity standpoint. → Read More

Doing the “right” thing v.s. doing the “safe” thing

So let's step up, in our companies, our families, our communities, in favor of the smart thing to do. The big-picture right thing to do. → Read More

What Gallup's “most admired people” list tells us about forgiveness

We humans love a good redemption story. Perhaps we should get in the habit of giving our peers—not just our heroes—the chance to have one. → Read More

Can working less be good for productivity?

Post 60 hours, and you may as well go home; you'll achieve about the same in 70 hours as you would in 60 (when the marginal productivity goes negative! → Read More

3 lessons from Bruce Lee on getting through hard times

I’ve found a few bits of solace — and life lessons — in Bruce’s story. I thought I’d share three of these lessons with you, my friends. → Read More

3 key elements your company story needs

According to Sinek and some smart thinkers like him, like the legendary folks at SYPartners, what you really need is a mission that embodies three things: → Read More

A simple, almost magical formula for getting any startup or product to work

Analyzing what I did wrong led to a pretty simple framework — a sort of startup magic formula I’ve been using ever since. And it works! → Read More

A value isn't a value unless it costs you something

Regardless of what we say, it's what we sacrifice that reveals what our values truly are.Most "values" we talk about (and neglect) are actually virtues. → Read More

How to have a productive debate

A productive debate can involve any number of participants, so long as they participate fully and thereby don’t leave potential ideas on the table. → Read More

This counterintuitive mindset will make you more innovative and successful

This trait is a key ingredient in the formula that leads to breakthrough innovation, and goes often unrecognized. It's hard to come by. → Read More

Forget Culture Fit. Your team needs Culture Add

And yet in business circles, the conventional wisdom on teamwork is absurd. We bust our assets trying to recruit people identical to those on our teams. → Read More

Why I decided to ditch all the apps and go back to a paper planner

A month after going back to paper, I feel better about the way I spend my time. → Read More