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Leadership, Education, and Creativity

Saying Goodbye to Gym Class – Are we going to force the next generation to run the mile every day for 5 years?

The Emergence of an Industry: The Business of Coaching – A deep dive into the coaching industry. Probably my most ambitious post to date.

How Leaders Define Reality for Organizations – What all-hands meetings are actually about.

Growth Office Politics or How Growth Teams Piss Off Everyone in Your Company – Silicon Valley’s favorite word, “Growth,” carries tension.

Learning

Learning to Draw (Since You’d Forgotten) – After a 25 years, I bought some pencils. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

From Brand New to Single Digit Kyu: Learning to Play Go – I test my strategic mettle against a team of 8 year-olds.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Human Chess or Human Go? – BJJ is frequently compared to chess. But is the Chinese game of Go a better analog?

18 Months of Turtling: A Jiujitsu Retrospective – I focused my jiujitsu training on the sport’s most controversial position for 18 months.

The Dao of Danaher – Part 1: Overcoming Risk Aversion and Part 2: Jiujitsu Drilling as Dancing

Dance and Timba

A New Resource for Discovering Timba: TimbaRoundup – An introduction a new quarterly review of timba music. Subscribe to the review on Substack.

How to Undress Her: Some Advice for New Dancers – It’s really that simple.

Timba Vibes Spotify Playlist – A collection of my favorite songs and some notes.

About Me

  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Drawing
  • Go – Let’s play!
  • Strategy
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Blue Belt at Stronghold )
  • Human Potential
  • Leadership
  • Books and Writing
  • History
  • China
  • Chinese Language
  • Recruiting
  • Surfing
  • Salsa Dancing

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