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We’re taking a break

Thank you for being a loyal supporter of 250 Words as we endeavored over the past year to bring you business insight and wisdom derived from books. While we still believe in this mission, we are going to take a break as we work to improve our editorial coverage to…

Thank you from the editor

I’d like to thank everyone for subscribing. It’s been fun. I’ve enjoyed reading so many great books and sharing them with you. I hope that the content I’ve posted has enriched your intellectual life. That was my goal when we launched last February.  I’m starting a new blog on my…

3 Book Recommendations From Pixar President Ed Catmull

In a recent podcast Tim Ferriss (The 4-Hour Work Week) asked Pixar President Ed Catmull, “If you could give a piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?” Catmull explained that he wouldn’t give any advice. “Why would I want to give myself advice that would have helped me avoid a mistake that…

How You Respond to Positive Feedback Might Depend on this One Trait

In five minutes, arrange the five letter below into as many words as you can. You don’t have to use all five letters. Good luck. NELMO How many did you get? Like so many problem-solving experiments conducted over the years, the answer depends not on intelligence or skill but perspective, feedback, and circumstance.…

Leadership Lessons from Legendary Steelers Coach Chuck Noll

Chuck Noll became the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969. The Steelers were a terrible football team at the time. In the ensuing decade, Noll transformed the Steelers into one of the most dominant franchises in the history of professional sports. He won four Super Bowls, more than…

The Secret to Success is the Belief That We Can Control It

Thank you for participating in this experiment. There are three pairs of statements listed below. For each pair, please select the statement that best describes how you feel. This task shouldn’t take more than one minute. Many of the unhappy things in people’s lives are partly due to bad luck.…

One Easy Behavioral Trick to Gain Confidence and Power

Research from associate professor Dana R. Carney shows how a small change in posture can go a long way.

The New York Times’ Top 10 Bestselling Business Books in October

I’ve always thought that the term “business book” is misleading. It evokes notions of self-help and images of used car salesmen. There’s a somewhat woeful association with motivation–people who read business books are, having hit a lull in their career, looking for something more. I like this month’s New York Times business book…

Why Every College Senior Should Read Atul Gawande’s “Being Mortal”

Atul Gawande’s latest book, Being Mortal, is about end of life care, how we get it wrong and what we can do about it. But, primarily, it is a discussion about what the function of medicine really is. The traditional view is that medicine exists to preserve life; death is…

A Simple Negotiation Tactic as Recommended by Harvard Professor Michael Wheeler (Part II)

This is a test of your negotiation skills. Please read the following scenario carefully: A neighborhood was alarmed about a landfill operator’s application to increase the size of the dump. The residents had long been angry about windblown litter from the site landing all over their lawns. Expanding the facility would…

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