William Liao

September 19, 2021

How much of your time is this worth?

Not all things are equally worthy of your time. For example, most would agree that spending 10 minutes fuming about a mistake a driver made on the road is not as useful or meaningful as spending 10 minutes catching up with a friend or working on a project you really care about. In a perfect world, we would always be judicious about whe...
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September 18, 2021

The first domino

Sometimes actions are part of a distinct chain reaction: A charity coordinator launches a campaign to solicit donations, your friend finds this campaign compelling and, in addition to donating, goes out of her way to tell you about it. You donate and share the campaign as well. Suffice it to say, the campaign succeeded in part because ...
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September 17, 2021

In all things...

I’ve written about kindness several times on my blog (here, here, and here) for a couple of reasons: 1. There are so many compelling reasons to resolve to be kind in all aspects of life and work. 2. Kindness is not a box that we check, but rather something we choose to actively imbue in our behaviors, interactions, and policies. It can...
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September 16, 2021

Productively channeling your energy

Productively channeling your energy is an underrated and under-discussed skill. Despite on the surface sounding like some woo-woo bit of pseudoscience, the idea of productively channeling your energy simply refers to focusing your attention on activities and topics that are useful for achieving the outcomes you care about. Many of us c...
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September 15, 2021

Give yourself 24 hours

Everyone is susceptible to having challenging days: Days where you feel emotionally overwhelmed. Days where you feel undersupported. Days where your confidence in yourself, or your work is called into question. On days like these, when your defenses are down, it’s easy to find yourself ruminating in a land of counterproductive thoughts...
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September 15, 2021

How to gather

Meetings at work can be a fulfilling and productive experience provided we are mindful of a few things: 1. It makes sense to meet — that is to say a) the problem that the team is meeting on is timely and b) meeting would be more productive than other modes of communication like e-mail and Slack. 2. The purpose of the meeting is made cl...
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September 13, 2021

The Hyundai Kona N

The auto manufacturer, Hyundai, is coming out with a new crossover vehicle, the Kona N. The N in Kona N bears particular significance — only Hyundai’s most sporty cars have N at the end of their name (you can read more about it here). An exciting feature that the Kona N will come with is a mode called “N Grin Shift”, which gives you 10...
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September 12, 2021

The nemesis of creativity

When Indiana University’s (IU) Kelley School of Business built their online MBA program, they actively avoided comparing themselves to other programs. In the eyes of the program development team, comparison would threaten their ability to produce something truly innovative. The challenge with making comparisons is that it often brings ...
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September 11, 2021

The prerequisite to doing

“Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.” Too often, this is the response that’s given when conventional activities are put into question. This is not a good response, and it lacks any comprehension about why we do what we do. Here’s a thought: the prerequisite to participating in any activity — any tradition — is a demonstrated u...
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September 10, 2021

Surfing

While at the beach in San Diego last week, I became obsessed with watching how surfers handled wiping out. For the more experienced surfers, there would always appear to be a moment at the end of each wave where they knew they were going to wipeout. And instead of fighting the inevitable, they allowed their bodies to gently fall from t...
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