HUGH CULVER

The magic of boring routines

The magic of boring routines

This morning I lined up a podcast, hit play, and headed out the door for a run. This wasn’t some extraordinary, Instagram-worthy, unique thing. I ran yesterday and will run again tomorrow. Running is one way I stay fit. It’s a routine.  And it’s a bit boring.  Our...

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What, me worry?

What, me worry?

I was in a car the other day with a radiologist and a neurosurgeon talking about hypertension.  This conversation is actually not as unusual as it might sound. I volunteer for a local society that does trail clearing in a popular hiking and mountain bike park and many...

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The Art of Asking for What You Need

The Art of Asking for What You Need

When I was a kid my Dad was my hero. He wore a 3-piece suit to his accounting office, was always in control, and could fix anything. On weekends, the older kids became his soldiers marching around the property hauling downed branches, stacking wood, or some other work...

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Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters

When my daughter was young, we opened her first bank account. We went to my bank, opened an account and she made a small deposit. All the way home she held tight to her shiny new bank book. Back then they even imprinted her name on the cover. It was hers and it...

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Is your business too complicated?

Is your business too complicated?

My business coach squinted as he pointed at the long, winding snake of connected boxes I’d drawn on the whiteboard.  “And why,” he asked as he pointed at my convoluted diagram of colored boxes, circles, and interconnected lines, “do you need to build that sequence...

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Why I ran the Boston Marathon

Why I ran the Boston Marathon

There are at least two reasons we do anything. The most obvious is what we think we should do, like “Some expert on a podcast said I should eat more blueberries.” Then there is the second, less obvious reason, like “I want to feel better about my health.” Last week I...

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Want to listen better? Stop thinking

Want to listen better? Stop thinking

“We have a lot of new leaders and I’m hoping you can inspire them to speak their minds.” my client said on the zoom call.  I feel my chest tighten, pupils dilate - I’m suddenly alert (my body loves the promise of a paycheck). “This sounds great!” I reply, having...

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