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Dan Erwin
St Anthony, MN
Interests: opera, theater, water sports, hiking, reading, biking, skiing, chamber orchestra
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Ignore listening harder, but build your listening quotient. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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It's a big mistake to think that listening harder is the key to better listening. Actually, effective listening goes below the words and operates on two or three different tracks. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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David Brooks: Moral fervor can be focused on the innocent purity of the victim--or by the desire to confront what you fear. Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Sometimes research shows clearly that our best mental model and theory are wrong. What do you do then? Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Books on people, careers and leadership along with a great and hilarious one on mathematics. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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The key question for big data is "what am I missing?" But it's a question of high value across all problem solving. So why isn't it used? One word: vulnerability Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Highly effective teams have 3 manageable characteristics according to research at MIT. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Surprisingly, personal vulnerability offers many positive advantages. And it's not solely an emotional matter. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Do employees really want the boss to tell them how to vote? And how should the employee respond to such input? Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Keeping your "enemies" closer has a number of important values. And it should never be ignored. Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Are you using networking as a leadership tool? Here are six strategies. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Approaching conflict from the perspective of how to fight is more important for success than what the conflict is all about. Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Underlying all the leadership skills are four basic competencies: trust, meaning making, focus, and self-management. Those competencies are always applicable. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Trusting Gen-Yers in digital media work can be dangerous. Their expertise is typically overestimated and their abilities to assess emotionally laden situations is limited. Those limitations are no different than any generation's youth. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Will China eventually pass the US economy? Should we fear the future? American foreign policy mistakes. Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Without interpersonal sensitivity, project management won't go very far. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Sometimes the best employee for a job is the least worst employee. That's reality and the best managers understand the problem and make the decision. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Job growth does not imply wage growth. Why? Organizational hubris is the culprit. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Is delayed gratification (willpower) innate or learned? It's actually a deliberate practice. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Do stingy benefits matter? And what can we expect from the politicos. Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Deep thinking drives personal and organizational success. But deep thinking is a new set of practices. Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Mark Zuckerberg says that making mistakes is part of success. The best leaders know how to learn from mistakes. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Music can be a means of dealing with tragedy. Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Beliefs in the lone genius, like Einstein or Zuckerberg, just won't wash. Genius is learned and collaborative. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Dan Erwin
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Misunderstanding is not all frustration. It's also a means of growth. Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2014 at Dan Erwin