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Are You Preparing to Fail?

Garret Kramer | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Garret Kramer

Jamming your head with information about an upcoming event or contest is never in your best interest. The human mind always works better when it's running on empty.

Design Brief -- Prescription Without Diagnosis Is Malpractice

Soren Petersen | Posted 09.23.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

In-depth interviews with designers revealed that they often lack a clear sense of their clients' wants, while the clients clearly look to designers to demonstrate their wants and it becomes a classic "chicken or the egg" dilemma.

Tragedy, Tributes, and Triumph: Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds

Bart Motes | Posted 09.16.2013 | New York
Bart Motes

If Griffin Farley's Beautiful Minds taught us anything, it must be that even the worst things can lead to some good. More bluntly, we'd have to be awfully narcissistic and myopic to think of ourselves unfortunate after attending a celebration of the life of someone who died far too young.

Deciding Where to Honeymoon

Amanda Waks | Posted 08.11.2013 | Weddings
Amanda Waks

If you feel like you're spinning your wheels trying to pick a place, you're not alone! Here is how we narrowed down our list and finally decided where to go on our dream honeymoon.

3 Steps To Turning Your Dreams Into Reality

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 07.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

Do you have many dreams you'd like to make come true? If there's so much you want to do but in reality, so little time to do it, the feeling of overwhelm itself can actually hold you back from accomplishing any of your major goals.

Prioritizing for Productivity

Dr Monique Y. Wells | Posted 07.07.2013 | Small Business
Dr Monique Y. Wells

Have you noticed that solopreneurs and small business owners everywhere are talking about being overwhelmed these days? And everyone knows, whether consciously or subconsciously, that being overwhelmed is the mortal enemy of productivity.

Executive Directors Need to Dream Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Without a clear vision for the future, executive directors are doomed to making marginal changes that do not truly move their organizations forward. And without a bit of dreaming, it is difficult to create this vision.

In Praise Of Not Planning

Terry Newell | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Terry Newell

I have taken pride in my ability to plan. Whether the plan is big (when and how to buy a house or get a graduate degree) or small (where and when to go on vacation and the details of what to do), planning plays to my strengths. Scope it out, write it down, follow the script.

How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 2 of 2

Minh Chau | Posted 05.31.2013 | Travel
Minh Chau

This is part two of "How to Plan for Your Next Great Adventure." Part one dealt with figuring out your itinerary and finding the right price. In this follow up, we'll take a look at other things to consider (travel insurance and unexpected costs) as you prepare for your trip of a lifetime.

How to Plan Your Next Great Adventure - Part 1 of 2

Minh Chau | Posted 05.28.2013 | Travel
Minh Chau

Having completed a round-the-world trip across 3 continents, 8 countries and 19 cities, and getting ready to hop around Latin America for a couple of months, I've learned a few "best practices" to make the planning phase smoother and less of a pull-your-hair-out experience.

We Draw Our Own Maps

Mary Walker Baron | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Mary Walker Baron

Here's the bad news: We have to draw our life maps ourselves. No one else can. That's also the good news.

How To Prepare and Plan Without the Stress

Tara Marino | Posted 04.02.2013 | HuffPost Home
Tara Marino

My resistance to planning is something that I used to struggle with. I had a bit of a love/hate relationship with planning.

Six Economic Steps to a Better Life and Real Prosperity for All

Gar Alperovitz | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Gar Alperovitz

When traditional systems falter and fail, new ideas spring to life. Little noticed by most observers, handholds on processes of potentially important new forms of change have been quietly developing around the country.

Why You Shouldn't Fill Up Your Calendar This Year

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 03.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

If used mindfully, the calendar is a wonderful tool with which you can measure your year before living it -- intentionally pacing yourself with a rhythm that suits and honors your life spiritually, mentally and physically.

3 Steps to Your Best Year Yet in 2013

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 03.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jinny Ditzler

Here comes 2013. What changes do I want to make? How can I choose among all the possibilities? Which ones matter most?

Planning: An Art or a Science?

Leslie Reece Schichtel | Posted 01.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Reece Schichtel

In the same vein as any work of art, appreciate plans for what they are and leave room for spontaneous creativity. What initially strikes us as a violation of or departure from the grand plan may become the focal point of the next.

Throw Out Your Plans for 2013: Business Is a Journey

Dov Seidman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dov Seidman

A journey takes two directions. It's a deep internal examination of our values, and an external demonstration of those values. Both require new thinking, and here are some ways to start.

20 Tips To Prepare Your Family For Hurricane Sandy

Kathy Carter Woods | Posted 12.29.2012 | Parents
Kathy Carter Woods

Some of these tips saved time and money. Others saved my sanity. So after you've gathered the canned foods, batteries and water, consider these.

Are You Committed? Should You Be?

Todd Brown | Posted 11.16.2012 | Business
Todd Brown

What determines how much I have to do? Peter Drucker, one of the finest business thinkers of the last century, said that as knowledge workers we define both our work and its results. This would imply that we somehow have control of what's to be done.

Control: A Function Of Management That Prevents The System From Failing

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business
Rayanne Thorn

To CONTROL Function 4 of Management Take a step back now... Can you see, in full view, the tireless work involved in good management? Many think...

Next Up To Bat? Motivation -- Function 3 Of Management

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business
Rayanne Thorn

The desire to win, the direction taken to make it so, comes from within and it is achievable.

Planning Begats Organization

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 10.10.2012 | Business
Rayanne Thorn

Practice does make perfect. Preciseness breeds preciseness. Preciseness bears excellence. We're halfway there, don't give up on your plan, don't let laziness and lack of attention foil your ability to organize and stick to it.

Planning: A Vital Part Of Business Success

Rayanne Thorn | Posted 10.07.2012 | Business
Rayanne Thorn

How do you plan for your day? Your week? Your month? Your year? For your business? For a particular project or departmental goal? For a company objective? Depending upon your job function, planning is most likely already a part of your work life.

Awareness Brings Its Own Reward$

Jinny Ditzler | Posted 10.06.2012 | Money
Jinny Ditzler

In our home we call it the Money Game because the better we play that game, the more money seems to come our way. You may laugh, but we've been doing it for over 30 years, and it's paid off big time.

Implementation or the Lack Thereof

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.21.2012 | Home
Michael Kaiser

I know asking for money can be uncomfortable; I know looking for board members or planning an institutional marketing effort can be time-consuming and challenging. But unless one acts on a board development, marketing or fundraising plan, the effort to develop it is wasted.