October 28, 2015

Do you want your life to count—or to spend your life counting? 

In this inaugural blog launching the Actionsmith Network, founder Diana M. Smith speaks to those just launching their lives—or perhaps reconsidering the ones they’re living—about four choices that added up to a life that counts.

Of the many times I’ve had to decide what kind of life I want to live, four stand out. Each time I found myself confronting some version of the same question: Did I want to make a difference in the world, or did I want to count the hours and days until my next vacation while counting the money I’d need to take it?

The first time was when I was fresh out of college and chose a poorly paying, highly demanding job counseling teenagers and

February 23, 2015

Guest Blog: Robert McLain Smith on The Democratization of Facts 

I had the amazing good fortune to be born into a family that, above all else, was endlessly interesting and curious. A prime source of both were my brother Rob and my dad who—though wildly different in many ways—shared a whip-sharp intellect, a love of debate, and a spirit of inquiry. Last week, Rob sent me an account of one of their conversations. Not only does it capture the two men, it captures one of the ironies of our times so well I thought I’d post it for you. Continue reading Guest Blog: Robert McLain Smith on The Democratization of Facts...

July 1, 2014

Guest Blog: Dorie Clark on Repairing a Damaged Professional Relationship 

Guest Blog: Dorie Clark on Repairing a Damaged Professional Relationship

If you’ve spent enough time in the workforce, you almost certainly have a trail of damaged professional relationships behind you. That doesn’t mean you’re a bad manager or employee; it’s simply a fact that some people don’t get along, and when we have to rely on each other (to finish the report, to execute the campaign, to close the deal), there are bound to be crossed wires and disappointments. When conflict happens, many of us try to disengage — to avoid the person around the office, or limit our exposure to them. That’s a fine strategy if your colleague is peripheral to your daily life; you may never have to work with the San Diego office again. But if it’s your boss or a teammate, ignoring them is a losing strategy. Continue reading Guest Blog: Dorie Clark on Repairing a Damaged Professional Relationship...

August 6, 2013

Taking Sojo’s Lead 


As soon as the autumn sun fell behind the mountain, the air turned cold, and I knew I was in trouble. My dog Sojo and I had left Boston later than planned, and we hit Vermont’s Jamaica State Park in the fading light. Continue reading Taking Sojo’s Lead...

July 17, 2013

Meetings, Bloody Meetings 

Meetings, Bloody Meetings

Most advice on how to run meetings is woefully routine: plan meetings in advance, prepare a detailed agenda, pre-notify attendees, control the discussion, and summarize and record decisions. It seldom solves the biggest problems of all: the boorish behavior that puts your teeth on edge, like nails down a blackboard, inviting you to act equally boorishly—by coming late, or taking the bait, or checking your emails, or just checking out altogether—anything to escape that bloody meeting! Continue reading Meetings, Bloody Meetings...

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