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Office Sabotage

Quality not quantity. That is how I think about a short yet powerful field manual issued by the CIA’s predecessor in 1944.  The Simple Sabotage

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Miyamoto Musashi understood the value of contrast when he wrote: “By knowing the large, you know the small; and from the shallow, you reach the

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Fear The Unexpected

When different people from different walks of life start discussing similar ideas, it just might be an idea worth paying attention to. Edward Teach was infamously known

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Employee Sabotage

“Fools say they learn by experience. I prefer to profit by other people’s experience.” Otto Von Bismarck Learning from our own history and the collective

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The Art of Sabotage

William “Wild Bill” Donovan was an American lawyer, soldier, and diplomat who directed the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II.  The

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Information Warfare

When we think about information, especially as it pertains to history, we have to remember that history is a matter of perspective. It is about

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How To Be Useful

According to USGA Rule 4, golfers are allowed to carry 14 clubs in their bag.  Each club must be useful to the player, whether you

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Seeking Wisdom

“When someone inquired of him what children should learn, he said: ‘What they will also use when they become men.’” – Plutarch, On Sparta How

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Mark Cuban built his first business, MicroSolutions, by mastering one basic thing.  He focused on learning as much as he possibly could through reading.  In

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