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Monthly Archives: September 2009

Life Is How You Look At It, Stumbling Block or Stepping Stone: Your Choice

“One of the reasons I think I’ve placed a high value on life is that my father took his.” This is how Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the U.S. Airways pilot who successfully ditched in the Hudson River off New York City, wrote in his memoir of his father’s suicide in 1995. There are many ways […]

“Set big goals and own the responsibility for meeting them”

Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, the company that recruits for difficult teaching positions in urban and rural schools, was recently interviewed by The New York Times. Kopp stated, “we desperately need people who are going to be visionary thinkers, set big goals and own the responsibility for meeting them.” The most predictive personality […]

Capt. Sullenberger, Flight 1549, and Deliberate Calm

How do humans make good decisions under conditions of intense pressure? How did Capt. Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger III manage to stay cool, calm, and collected and safely land U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River after multiple bird strikes took out both his engines? It certainly isn’t an absence of fear; courage is […]

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