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Steven Nichols

Some projects have a way of growing on you, like pasta dishes or German Shepherds. Challenges that initially look simple can soak up half a day without a conclusion, or stay on your to-do list for months on end. Either these projects look easier, shorter, or simpler than they actually are, or they grow in […]

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The day before “discovering” the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus did something rather modern. He called a meeting. The trip to dry land had been longer than either Columbus or his crew had expected, and he was facing the real possibility of mutiny. He promised the crew that if they hadn’t discovered land within two days, […]

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Do you have a second?  Can I steal you for a moment?  Ring!  It doesn’t take much to break someone’s concentration, and restoring it can take longer than the interruption itself. Some interruptions are important and welcome.  Everyone needs an occasional mental break, and avoiding all office small talk is bad for morale and cohesiveness. […]

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