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Summer Thriller; Vacation Disconnected; Slowing Time Down; Language Training for Tots

"…keeping you great"


Fun Summer Thriller

recommended by Seth Godin, I just finished Australian writer Max Barry's latest

If you're a student of persuasion (and the raw power of words) you'll especially
love the underlying science behind this page-turner. Plus good to take a break
from pure biz books! Enjoy.

Vacation Without Your Phone
— this latest
Anne Fisher FORTUNE article
highlights PwC's program to support all 37,000
employees to do just this – truly disconnect from work while on vacation.
However, according to research cited in the article 62% expect to work while on
vacation. The article outlines 3 steps for planning a vacation so you can truly
disconnect (details in the article):

  1. Involve clients, including in-house customers, in scheduling time off.

  2. Anticipate problems that might come up and plan for them.

  3. If it doesn't go smoothly the first time, try again.

Notes one of the PwC managers quoted in the article, "So much of the work people
do on vacation is self-imposed. It takes self-discipline to put work completely
out of your mind." It always comes down to discipline – even to relax. FYI, I'm
disconnecting Aug 3 – 10 – no insights that week as well.

Slowing Down Time

— "It's simple: if you want time to slow down, become a student again," notes
Richard A. Friedman, professor of clinical psychiatry at Cornell, in his

Sunday New York Times Opinion piece
. For those that feel like life is
passing more quickly the older you get, Friedman shares some findings that shed
light on this phenomenon. Explains Friedman, "Studies have shown that the
greater the cognitive demands of a task, the longer its duration is
perceived…repeated stimuli appear briefer in duration than novel stimuli of
equal duration. Is it possible that learning new things might slow down our
internal sense of time?" So, there you have it – take 3 minutes to read his
piece – and keep learning!

Chinese (or any language) for Young Children
— preparing your
children to do international business – or just want to improve their cognitive
abilities? The LittlePim
approach works. For children six months to six years old (the optimum age for a
child to learn a second language), Julia Pimsleur Levine's company has produced
a series of Entertainment Immersion Method-based programs (available on iTunes,
DVDs, LeapPad) that teach children other languages the way they learn their
native language. And learning a second language early in life provides all kinds
of cognitive and social benefits.

Their Attention

— To test the process, my 5 year son and I have been taking the summer to go
through her Chinese program – and sure enough, Quinn really looks forward to the
15 minute sessions together – and he's picking it up (faster than me, of
course). Julia is an EO NYC member, award winning documentary film maker, and
the daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who created the Pimsleur Method, the popular
language learning program for adults. Slow down time and keep learning something


Need helping implementing the Rockefeller Habits?

Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” and WEO’s “Advanced Business” executive program both held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 150 coaching partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0); Mastering the Rockefeller Habits; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual Leadership and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. He is an investor in many scale-ups. A father of four, he enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.