The arrival of the new year is an exciting time pretty much around the world. In America, many eat special foods for luck, drink champagne, and party late into the night. In Denmark, people collect plates throughout the year, then throw them at the door to celebrate. The more plates you break, the more friends you will have in the coming year. And in Ecuador, mannequin-like representations of the old year (and anything bad associated with it) are set on fire – literally – and burned in effigy.Read More
We’ve all grown up hearing the idiom, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” But can you always convey everything you need to with a single photograph or drawing? Of course not. Pictures are great communication tools, but conveyance of some ideas requires the additional level of precision or subtlety that only the written or spoken word provides.Read More
From the time we wake up in the morning until the time we go to bed at night, we exist in a world of contracts. We can turn on the lights and catch up with the morning news on television thanks to our contracts with the electric utility and cable company. We live in our homes, probably with a lease or mortgage contract tucked away in a drawer or safe deposit box. We drive a car to work that was leased or purchased with a written contract. And our employers have even more contracts.Read More
For some, nothing sounds more tedious than drafting business contracts. If you don’t believe it, start discussing the importance of including a liquidated damages or force majeure clause in a commercial contract at your next cocktail party. Chances are, even your significant other will abandon you for other party-goers, provided he or she has managed to stay awake.
There’s no way around it – hard working, conscientious professionals despise mistakes. But there’s also no way around the fact that mistakes are a part of the human experience, both personal and professional. In fact, quotation dictionaries are full of great sayings from famous scientists, coaches, philosophers, and regular Joes, explaining that failure is a great teacher and that success often includes a series of failings. But while it may be true that mistakes cannot be totally avoided, it’s just as important to learn from them, and hopefully not to repeat our mistakes.