Inspiration

Lifelong Learning

Why 2016 Should Be the Year of Lifelong Learning

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A decade ago, I decided I wanted to become a better writer. So I scoured stores and scanned Amazon until I had snapped up nearly every book that had the words “how to” and “write” in the title. While I devoured several books on writing non-fiction, many of the books I read were about how to write a novel (an aspiration I harbored at the time, but have since put on ice while I focus on getting my first non-fiction…

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How to give credit where it's due

How to Give Credit Where It’s Due

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I’ll never forget the time when I was working at a global advertising agency in Taiwan in the mid-1990s. We were in a brainstorming session for one of our clients, a global package delivery company which operated a fleet of hundreds of airplanes. We were developing a TV and print advertising campaign that would convey the concept of delivery speed. The client was launching a new international overnight delivery service with a money-back guarantee. At some point during the discussions I…

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This is how one father let's his son grow up

This is How One Dad Lets His Son Grow Up

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A few years ago I took my family to Atlanta and rented a car for the two-hour drive north where my son’s summer camp was located. It was the first time we had enrolled him in a sleep-away camp, the first time he would be away from home and beyond our careful watch — and for an entire month. An otherwise smooth drive through the idyllic mountainous region of northern Georgia was abruptly interrupted when a tire on our rental car started…

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Sea Turtle

Advice for a 22-Year-Old Me

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Date: July 18, 1990. I turned 22 today. Time: 7:32 am Place: Standing on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, near a cordoned off nest with a sea turtle and dozens of her freshly laid eggs. Me: Hey there, aren’t you the guy known around here as the “turtle man”? Turtle man: Yes, that’s me. It’s nice to see you again. Last time we met, you were strolling along this very same stretch of beach. Me: Wow, how did you remember me? That…

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Pleasures and perils of expat life

The Pleasures (And Perils) of Expat Life

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I’m a permanent expat. I’ve spent half my life — 23 years and counting — outside of my home country, the US. I’ve spent 18 of those years in Taipei, Taiwan, which was named in a survey last year as the eighth most attractive place to live for expats. I spent another five years with my family in Shanghai, China, which snagged the number three spot in the same survey. Living abroad, whether permanently like me — or for a temporary stint measured in weeks, months, or years — has…

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How To Motivate Your Team - Glenn Leibowitz

To Motivate Your Team, Give Credit Where It’s Due

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Back in the mid-90s, fresh out of graduate school, I worked as an account manager in the Taiwan branch of a multinational advertising agency. I helped my clients — marketing managers at iconic consumer brands — to plan and execute advertising campaigns. One day, we received a call from one of our biggest clients, a global package delivery company. They decided to put the account up for review, and wanted to run us through a “beauty contest” against other ad agencies that would help…

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8 Ways To Kickstart Your Job Search - Glenn Leibowitz

7 Ways to Kickstart Your Job Search

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I was there. We all were there at one time or another. Working our butts off trying to get good grades. Packing our resumes with extracurricular activities, “leadership positions”, and awards. And then: slam! The ivy-covered (or palm frond + sand-covered) doors shut behind you and you’re cast into the harsh cold tundra we call the “real world.” You send off your resume and pray someone will answer. You jazz up your LinkedIn profile and hope it’ll wow someone in…

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Mark Zuckerberg - glennleibowitz.com

If Mark Zuckerberg Can Learn Chinese, So Can You

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I just watched a video clip of Mark Zuckerberg speaking Mandarin Chinese yesterday at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University (check it out at the bottom of this post). First of all, kudos to Mark for having the courage to get up in front of a crowd of some of the smartest students in China and speak Mandarin! Mangled pronunciation and grammar aside, he still managed to get his message across fairly well (for some translated snippets of what he said, check…

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Dangerous assumptions - Glenn Leibowitz

Dangerous Assumptions

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Back in the late 1970s, when I was about 10 or 11 years old, I went on a camping trip with my family. We went to a campground not too far from home, and slept in our truck camper, which was  a sleeping cabin that rested on top of a pickup truck. Except for a small window connecting the truck cabin upfront and the sleeping cabin in the back, there was no way to communicate between the two parts. This…

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Advice for a college sophomore - Glenn Leibowitz

Advice For A College Sophomore

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Dear Cousin, Wow, you’re a sophomore in college now! Your freshman year really flew by. It’s great to hear you’re settling in on campus again and have found an apartment already. I know you’re busy getting ready for your classes to begin, and for your hectic, 24/7 routine to kick-in. So I’ll try to keep this brief. I hope you don’t find this email presumptuous of me, but I wanted to share a few reflections — alright, “advice” — on what I learned from…

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