I recently finished HHhH, Laurent Binet's unusual novel about Reinhard Heydrich and subsequently found a Nazi video of his funeral. The "HHhH" is a German abbreviation for "Himmler's brain is called Heydrich." Heydrich, of course, was a coldly efficient manager of the Holocaust and there was speculation that one day he might succeed Hitler. Show More Summary
In the Celebrity Deathmatch between Madonna and Michael Jackson, Michael turns into a hamster and Madonna is the easy winner. Likewise, in the world of assessments, there are clear winners and losers. What’s amazing to me is how few people ever write or speak about this subject. Show More Summary
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Every political consultant in the nation must show this clip to clients when briefing them on how NOT to answer basic interview questions. The same lesson can be drawn for anyone preparing for a job interview: Candidates often spend a great deal of time getting ready for the complicated questions. Show More Summary
This video at Cultural Offering of President Obama and Vice President Biden sparks some thoughts about leaders, dignity, and the need for an inner voice that says, "Wait a minute." Consider President Kennedy, on the last day of his life, politely declining to put on a Stetson hat. Show More Summary
The WSJ Law Blog looks at religious freedom bills. Spiegel Online: Turmoil in Venezuela. Wes Anderson: American Express commercial. LawLytics: Can lawyers be happy? Althouse features some well-expressed skepticism at the sculpture of Steve Jobs. Show More Summary
One video letter from my quarterly mailings. Every three months, I ship out a box of wonderful physical products, along with a video “letter” explaining how I found them and how I use them. One such video letter is above. The theme of these quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I can’t get out of my […]
The trailer for "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Does the thought of yearly goal setting make you want to run? You don't have to be a good planner to set your goals to paper -- or even like it. Here are five simple ways to plan your life goals so you can increase your chances of success.
Capitalist Note: We're on-site next Monday at a favorite client to deliver our first module of the Kinetix Leadership Development Series. The working title for the module is "POP THE HOOD: How To Build Better Teams Via Talent Assessments". This...
This trailer is representative of the fine movie-viewing fare that was available at the nearest drive-in theater back in the good old days.The special effects are stunning.
The theme for "The Magnificent Seven." Opening song from "The Ballad of Cable Hogue." The main theme from "The Big Country." The theme from "Lonesome Dove." The main theme from "How The West Was Won."
A memorable scene from "The Departed." [NSFW]
Charlie Hoehn was a full-time employee of mine during the making and launch of The 4-Hour Body. It was an intense period. In this post, Charlie will share his M.E.D. (Minimum Effective Dose) for overcoming anxiety and managing workaholism. There are six techniques in total. If you haven’t already, be sure to read his previous post […]
A revealing clip from "The Lives of Others." One of the best films ever made about totalitarianism.
This is a guest post by Judith Orloff . The workplace is filled with difficult personalities–bullies, know-it-alls, rumor mongers… Our fallback reaction when faced with problem people at work is to either assert ourselves or walk swiftly in the other direction. But there’s a middle ground, a way of communicating that’s more effective, because it’s [...]Show More Summary
Reka has the ultimate "boulder smashes through Italian farmhouse" photo. Michael Barone: Problems with the disparate impact theory. The trailer for "101 Proposals." Political Calculations does some number crunching on Obamacare. Homer and Jethro: "She Thinks I Don't Care." The Daily Beast has the 1975 Playboy interview of Mel Brooks. Show More Summary
Historian Richard Norton Smith discusses George Washington.
There are few pieces of music that I would gladly hear every day. This is one of them. I've posted it before and will no doubt do so again.
Fred Astaire: "The Way You Look Tonight." James Taylor: "Something in the Way She Moves." Richard Burton: "Camelot."