Tom Collins posts

A version of this post was shared first with our Smart News email list (hint, hint). Animated GIF created on ezgif.com from video by imotivation via Pixabay Tom here, to share my thinking behind this bit of marginalia. Here's what I wrote aside a paragraph on "active learning" in the... Read more →


We all feel broken, sometimes ... What if you found a simple, reliable tool for mending those breaks, sealing up those cracks, and facing the world more vibrant and confident than ever? Read more →


Learn how these 14 research-backed "HIBs" (happiness-inducing behaviors) can make your life happier. Read more →


The Japanese phrase wabi-sabi means to celebrate imperfection. These five reasons show why you should apply wabi-sabi to your work. Read more →


As I turn 70, in this post I'm sharing on three of the topics occupying my attention in this moment of transition: time, transition, and success. And how much those three concepts overlap — especially when recast into verb form, as I believe nouns often should be. Read more →


Confession: I'm a fan of sports metaphors as life lessons. So when I saw the title of Chip Conley's Wisdom Well blog post a few months ago, Punt on a "Pivot" – well, I recognized a kindred spirit! His focus is mostly on the ways and reasons a business might... Read more →


It's been three years since I posted the story of how I made the task of creating a brand statement into a fun process. I've recited the Learning Partners verses many times at networking events, but always meant to get a video version done. And finally, I've done it! Doggerel?... Read more →


I had the good fortune to have Angela Duckworth teach several segments of the Positive Psychology certificate program I took a couple of years ago. She used the research that led to her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, as examples throughout. So I continue to follow her... Read more →


It doesn't matter whether you're writing a fantasy novel, a memoir, history for a popular audience, a nonfiction business book, or any other genre you can think of, your job will be easier – and your book will be better – if you take the time to find your throughline.... Read more →