Tagged: culture

Is TED the new Toastmasters?

Nathan Heller writes a brilliant piece on the TED talks in the New Yorker, asking the question, “Has a conference turned idea into an industry?” I’m sure you’ve seen many TED talks, such as Jill Bolte’s real-time description of witnessing her own …

Do you have a healthy sense of drama?

The word “drama” has gotten such a bad wrap. People say they want less drama in their lives and their relationships, and yet we emotionally crave it. Just take a look at our fascination with shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter, The Wire, The Sopranos …

Willingness: The uber value

Values are the DNA that run our lives. Whatever it is that drives you, there’s a value there. Whatever you wish you had more of, there’s a value there. What you admire in others…a value. But what if certain values were more valuable than others?…

The Roast of Robbe Richman

I truly have the best team in the world. After returning from my 30 day training / initiation, the team decorated my entire area, they all dressed up like me, and then took me out to roast me (yes, as in, I sit there and listen to them rag on me -…

My Zappos Jedi Training

4:30am. I’m up before my 5am alarm. We have to be in our chairs, ready to start by 7. If I’m there at 7:01 I have to start the entire month over with a new class. It’s a brilliant accountability-building ritual that’s built into our training. Just…