HUGH CULVER

The Spiral and the Flywheel

The Spiral and the Flywheel

We all have gaps in life.  You may want to exercise more, eat better, earn more, find a path through a forest of projects, or grow your fledgling start-up.  Gaps are good—we need challenges in life to get us out of bed and give us purpose. Gaps at work give us...

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Hyperbolic discounting and why your goals suck

Hyperbolic discounting and why your goals suck

If you struggle to reach goals you might have a bad case of hyperbolic discounting. What?!? Before I get to what hyperbolic discounting is, let me back up and first talk about goal setting. A typical assumption is that BIG GOALS (think: Jim Collin’s BHAG (Big Hairy...

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How to Stop Being a Drama Queen and get Stuff Done

How to Stop Being a Drama Queen and get Stuff Done

“I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” Mark Twain This article was originally published July, 2013 and was been updated in 2019. Are you a bit of a drama queen? Rushing around, frantically waving long lists in the face of anyone who...

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This time management system really works!

This time management system really works!

I have been writing and speaking about time management for too long. And I think I was stuck. I was feeling the dis-ease that comes from the same infections in productivity interfering with me getting stuff done. Important stuff. Lists were growing on their own, small...

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Why I Want You to Stop Making Goals

Why I Want You to Stop Making Goals

I’m writing this post airborne, somewhere over Greenland, on my way to Delhi. My six week trip to India and then on to Nepal, actually started six months ago, on my 60th birthday. Before I get to that, let me ask you a question... Have you ever made a goal - perhaps...

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Why it might be time to kill your dead-end projects

Why it might be time to kill your dead-end projects

When Steve Jobs was unceremoniously ousted from Apple in 1985 the fate of the company was supposed to improve. John Scully had moved into the CEO office and brought with him all the corporate sensibilities of big business America. Fast forward 12 years, product lines...

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