Mark Stone

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Please Stop Complaining About How Busy You Are

We’re all just so “busy” these days. “Slammed” in fact. “Buried.” Desperately “trying to keep our heads above water.” While these common responses to “How are you?” seem like they’re lifted from the <i>Worst Case Scenario Handbook</i>, there seems to be a constant exchange, even a a one-upping, of just how …

The Most Important Negotiation in Your Life

Life is a series of negotiations.<p>You negotiate all day, every day, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep.<p>Contract terms and conditions. Hiring, managing performance, and firing. Defining deadlines, scope, and deliverables. Collecting fees. Seeking alignment about business strategy. …

Here’s What Really Happens When You Extend a Deadline

In June, the Obama administration pushed back the deadline for employers with fifty or more workers to provide health insurance for their employees by a full year — until Jan 1, 2015. Admittedly, the implementation of anything as complex as the Affordable Care Act is going to take time, and those …

Counting Down Makes Time Pass More Quickly

When research participants were asked to give a hand-exercise ball 25 squeezes, the time required for the task felt <b>20% shorter</b> to those who counted down from 25 to 1 than to those who counted from 1 to 25, say Edith Shalev of Technion Israel Institute of Technology and Vicki G. Morwitz of New York …

The Culture to Cultivate

A large hospital group has lots of things to worry about. One of them is sepsis, the whole-body shutdown that can occur when a virulent infection hits a weakened immune system. It’s the number one cause of death in American hospitals. Another is pressure ulcers, a sure sign that immobile patients …

A Question That Can Change Your Life

For years I’ve exercised every day — doing weights, cardio, yoga — but despite my continuous effort, I haven’t seen much change.<p>Until a few months ago.<p>Recently, my body has changed. My muscles are stronger, more defined, and I’ve lost five pounds along with a visible layer of fat. So what did I do …

Smart Leaders Have Protégés

Just how important protégés are to a powerful person was made clear to me by this question, told to me by a Fortune 100 CEO. When choosing his direct reports, he asks: “How many blazing talents have you developed over the years and put in top positions across the company, so that if I asked you to …