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Autobiography = Personal and Professional Development

David Pottruck, the former CEO of Charles Schwab, was celebrated for his leadership and powerful effect on the company’s culture (despite being tumped out on his rear end after the dot-com crash). But he wasn’t a successful leader right out of the gates. An early company review found him, according to, “tone deaf to [...]

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Why Write a Memoir?

The New York Times columnist David Brooks recently asked people over 70 to write “life reports.” Analyzing those reports, he found that those who “divided life into chapters” – or in other words, took charge of their own narrative – were the happiest old people around. They “divided time into (somewhat artificial) phases. They wrote [...]

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