Advice For New Parents

February 24, 2009

Molly and I had our first son last August. It’s been great. Nothing is more fun for me than spending time with my family. It’s also been challenging. I’m a fanatic planner/preparer. Before Ejay arrived, we went to the classes, read the books, watched the videos, etc. etc. All that helped. But babies are very […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Wrap Up

January 14, 2009

I first read How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1996.  I did all the stuff it said, made a lot of friends, got along better with people, etc. etc.  But after a while I began to get tired.  It was taking too much energy to be positive all the time.  I got tired […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 12

January 1, 2009

Session twelve of the Carnegie course was graduation.  Guests were invited (I brought Molly).  We each spoke about: What we originally expected from the course How we’ve applied the principles and how they’ve helped us Where we see ourselves in six months Our instructor spoke some kind, encouraging words about each of us in turn. […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 11

January 1, 2009

In session eleven of the Carnegie course we worked on inspiring others.  We each recounted an incident where we’ve used Carnegie’s human relationship principles.  We used the persuasion magic formula (there I was, if you will x, the benefit will be y) to describe the incident, how we handled it, and what our classmates can […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 10

January 1, 2009

In session ten of the Carnegie course we covered how to disagree agreeably.  We began by creating a list of things people disagree over.  No hot button issues like gun control or the death penalty; these were mild subjects like casual Fridays, smoking at work, speed limits, etc.  (I suggested the Federal Reserve and monetary […]

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Munger’s Mental Models

December 30, 2008

Recently I was reading about Charlie Munger, and I came across a speech he made before the USC business school in 1994. The subject of the speech was what Munger called “Worldly Wisdom.” Munger suggested that we all need a set of mental models at our disposal, and that we should apply these models to […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 9

December 21, 2008

Week nine of the Carnegie course focused on demonstrating leadership and developing flexibility.  In the first half of the lesson, we each gave a talk about how we’ve practiced leadership at work.  We practiced employing the persuasion template – ‘There I was…’, ‘If you will…’, ‘The benefit will be…’ that we learned in lesson four. […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 8

December 21, 2008

In session 8 of the Carnegie course, we focused on giving and receiving positive recognition.  We divided into small groups, and every person in a group recognized something positive about every other person in the group.  I took away several things from this exercise: It can be challenging to offer praise and compliments, but it […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 7

December 20, 2008

Session seven of the Carnegie course focused on gaining others’ cooperation.  We emphasized Carnegie’s principles of influence.  We discussed each of the principles and various techniques for applying them.  One technique that I learned and liked was the leading question.  That is, instead of ordering – “Do X”, or even suggesting – “Let’s do X”, […]

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Dale Carnegie Course Review – Session 6

December 20, 2008

In the sixth Carnegie session, we focused on two things: giving clear instructions and thinking on our feet.  For the first exercise, we each demonstrated and explained some procedure for performing some task.  The focus was on providing clear instructions followable by a person unfamiliar with the task.  We learned about painting, hair braiding, valve […]

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