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The Mega Minute Archives

Welcome to Merge’s Monthly Mega-Minute – a bite-sized, yet substantial and practical, nugget of information that you can use immediately to enhance your professional and personal success.

Mega Minute Archives 2020

January: Are you doing your job or are you doing your work? | Full newsletter
February: The chimpanzee, Mike, and his gasoline cans | Full newsletter
March: Are contra-indications reducing your effectiveness? | Full newsletter
April: Are you being like the Sankofa | Full newsletter
May: Perfect is the enemy of good | Full newsletter
June: To cultivate high-performing teams, you need two elements | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2019

January: What bungee cords are keeping you tied to the past? | Full newsletter
February: Lifeboat or lighthouse – what kind of a leader are you? | Full newsletter
March: Nature abhors a vacuum … as does communication in organizations | Full newsletter
April: No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible | Full newsletter
May: A few rotting leaves will ruin the whole salad | Full newsletter
June: A leadership lesson from the monarch butterfly | Full newsletter
July: Leaders, don’t try to boil the ocean | Full newsletter
August: How owls hunt can teach leaders something about how to lead | Full newsletter
September: Misinformation: an unusual approach to spur discussion and creative thinking | Full newsletter
October: Use the “convenient fruit principle” to influence employee behaviour | Full newsletter
November: Complacency is the enemy of progress | Full newsletter
December: Focus your employee retention effectiveness by invoking Price’s Law | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2018

January: It’s a lot easier to drink water when you have a glass | Full newsletter
February: It is better to have no timepiece than one that is wrong | Full newsletter
March: When a senior manager asks you the time, don’t describe how a watch works | Full newsletter
April: Is your kayak moving? | Full newsletter
May: Use the Diderot Effect as a way to inspire and re-ignite your team | Full newsletter
June: In order to shift bicycle gears, you have to be in motion | Full newsletter
July: Worrying won’t help you solve problems or make decisions | Full newsletter
August: Periods of vulnerability can present both threats and opportunities | Full newsletter
September: When you turn and face the sun, your shadow will always be behind you | Full newsletter
October: What the science of flying kites can teach us about leadership | Full newsletter
November: Leadership lessons from ants | Full newsletter
December: When you eat peanuts, what do you do with the shells? | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2017

January: A goal achievement lesson from a sea otter | Full newsletter
February: Making risky decisions: a simplified approach | Full newsletter
March: A problem-solving insight from watching an active lava flow | Full newsletter
April: An ageless folktale about dealing with adversity | Full newsletter
May: How complacency can freeze you | Full newsletter
June: Leadership lessons from a bald eagle | Full newsletter
July: What school teachers already know about employee training | Full newsletter
August: Would you run a marathon blindfolded? | Full newsletter
September: Operating lean – hindrance or opportunity? | Full newsletter
October: Earthquake versus erosion: what geography can teach us about leadership | Full newsletter
November: There’s no excuse for ignorance | Full newsletter
December: The tale of the Vasa: one king’s folly | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2016

January: The tale of four birds | Full newsletter
February: Feedforward gets better outcomes than feedback | Full newsletter
March: Build in a buffer to compensate for Parkinson’s Law | Full newsletter
April: Use constructive controversy to build consensus | Full newsletter
May: Change doesn’t come from watching, it comes from doing | Full newsletter
June: Don’t forget to celebrate what is happening behind the scenes! | Full newsletter
July: Man only truly respects what he pays for. True or false? | Full newsletter
August: The value of compound interest | Full newsletter
September: Squirrel!!? | Full newsletter
October: Why do goldfish only grow to the size of their bowl? | Full newsletter
November: Managing change is like journeying on a bus | Full newsletter
December: Tornados and termites – do both get your equal attention? | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2015

January: Shake up the champagne! | Full newsletter
February: The value of instant feedback | Full newsletter
March: A leadership lesson from six blind men and an elephant | Full newsletter
April: Leadership lessons from a penguin | Full newsletter
May: Does the wisdom of Segal’s Law help or hinder decision making? | Full newsletter
June: Anger is an expression of helplessness | Full newsletter
July: What Canada geese can teach us about teamwork | Full newsletter
August: Why rubber balls are better than raw eggs | Full newsletter
September: Amazon’s leadership forgot that ‘how’ is as important as ‘what’ | Full newsletter
October: What do you do when you see a spider? | Full newsletter
November: Instinct can sometimes be a bad thing! | Full newsletter
December: Lessons in teamwork from long-nosed bats | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2014

January: Recalculating … does it make you cringe? | Full newsletter
February: Leadership lessons from a sea turtle | Full newsletter
March: Four lessons about teamwork from the meerkat | Full newsletter
April: Is persistence and tenacity always a good thing? | Full newsletter
May: Be proactive – think like a chess grand master to avoid a “checkmate” | Full newsletter
June: Fill employee’s buckets with recognition and praise | Full newsletter
July: Can you be liquid if the situation requires it? | Full newsletter
August: A leadership lesson (from a cat) on how to stay focused | Full newsletter
September: Where do pearls come from? | Full newsletter
October: Stillness offers greater depth and clarity | Full newsletter
November: You must squeeze out a sponge for it to absorb more liquid | Full newsletter
December: Getting to your destination is easier if you are facing the right direction | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2013

January: What leaders can learn from (righteous!) surfers | PDF
February: Are you shining the spotlight on your employees? | PDF
March: Don’t let your business relationships become rusty | PDF
April: Are you using your tusks or your teeth? | PDF
May: Who are you ignoring? | PDF
June: Dogs don’t bark at parked cars | PDF
July: Are you a hummingbird? | PDF
August: What the “Fosbury Flop” teaches us about innovation | PDF
September: The similarity between wax and workplace relationships | PDF
October: Find a “mirror” to grow as a leader | PDF
November: Airplanes take off against the wind. So can you. | Full newsletter
December: Self-efficacy — impressive words with immense impact | Full newsletter

Mega Minute Archives 2012

January: Customer satisfaction is relative | PDF
February – Could your weakness be your competitive advantage? | PDF
March – Do you have any QWERTYUIOPs? | PDF
April – Are you leading from the front or from the rear? | PDF
May – Procedure manuals are worth the effort | PDF
June – Hachiya persimmons – from distasteful to delicious | PDF
July – Leadership is NOT about managing people! | PDF
August – If I groom you then you’ll groom me (a cat’s formula for success) | PDF
September – Leadership lessons from a mountain | PDF
October – Competitiveness is a barrier to creativity and innovation | PDF
November – What will it take for a rattlesnake to bite itself? | PDF
December – You can’t read the label from inside the bottle | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2011

January – Pits or seeds? | PDF
February – Don’t shoot yourself in the foot! | PDF
March – Survival depends on how well you transform to fit your environment | PDF
April – Actively seek to discover what others are saying about you | PDF
May – You are not an expert at everything! | PDF
June – How clay becomes porcelain | PDF
July – Curiosity never killed the cat! | PDF
August – What the ancient Hawai’ians can teach you about leadership | PDF
September – Old habits die hard! | PDF
October – Don’t ask the barber whether you need a haircut | PDF
November – Process matters, but don’t lose sight of the outcome | PDF
December – Don’t be a strangler fig! | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2010

January – Which fisherman are you? | PDF
February – Are you the bulldozer, or the road? | PDF
March – Stop waiting for someone else to act, do it yourself | PDF
April – Reprogram your vending machine | PDF
May – Three lessons in teamwork from the world of dolphins | PDF
June – Which juggling balls do you keep aloft? | PDF
July – What does it take to get things done? | PDF
August – Workplace negativity is toxic | PDF
September – When making decisions, be aware of anchoring | PDF
October – Why flying is better than driving | PDF
November – What gets measured and publicized gets acted on! | PDF
December – The power of focus | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2009

January – Sea anemones and clownfish | PDF
February – How to protect your Spitfire | PDF
March – Humuhumunukunukuapua’a | PDF
April – Always take your best shot! | PDF
May – Are you taking the extra step? | PDF
June – The wonder of why | PDF
July – The importance of culture | PDF
August – How welcoming are you to your new employees? | PDF
September – The whole is greater than the sum of its parts | PDF
October – Three birds and a squirrel | PDF
November – What a cat can teach you about concentration | PDF
December – Seek out specialized skills to solve workplace problems | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2008

January – A leadership lesson from the school of writing | PDF
February – Remember that people need “sipping” time | PDF
March – Do you need a leadership leap day? | PDF
April – Just trust your equipment! | PDF
May – What you expect, so you will find | PDF
June – “An elephant does not die from one broken rib” | PDF
July – Why grouper fish and moray eels work together | PDF
August – Use Ockham’s Razor for difficult decision-making | PDF
September – Are you giving your people butter knives or bread knives? | PDF
October – Are you paying attention to those who disagree with you? | PDF
November – How leaders overcome fear and doubts | PDF
December – When the annual X’mas party isn’t JUST a party | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2007

January – Marshmallows, self-discipline, and success | PDF
February – The second rule of ocean kayaking | PDF
March – Building sandcastles that endure | PDF
April – There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow | PDF
May – What choice will you make on the expressway of change? | PDF
June – “Every bread have its cheese” | PDF
July – Choose to add more keys to your key ring | PDF
August – From average to exceptional: the power of passion | PDF
September – Are you harnessing the power of wikinomics? | PDF
October – A defining moment in the life of an Arizona state trooper | PDF
November – Three leadership lessons from my cat | PDF
December – You can’t drive a car by looking in the rearview mirror | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2006

January – Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness! | PDF
February – A riddle about squirrels | PDF
March – Commitment or compliance? | PDF
April – Do you have a Martha on your team? | PDF
May – The birth of a butterfly | PDF
June – The case of the uneaten chicken wings | PDF
July – Why pykrete is better than ice | PDF
August – Others can’t read your mind. Really! | PDF
September – Giving feedback is like eating spinach | PDF
October – The longer you carry it, the heavier it gets | PDF
November – What leaders can learn from the medical profession | PDF
December – The geophysics of earthquakes in Hawaii | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2005

January – What does it take to motivate employees? | PDF
February – Build electrical cables, not chains | PDF
March – “If you play with dog, you must get fleas” | PDF
April – Just stay SILENT to LISTEN | PDF
May – Indifference leads nowhere | PDF
June – A leadership lesson from crabs | PDF
July – Prune your trees carefully, but don’t cut them down | PDF
August – Are you willing to get involved? | PDF
September – What you can learn about success from sharks | PDF
October – Making order out of chaos: the theory of dissipative structures | PDF
November – The trombonist who played out of tune | PDF
December – Develop anablep vision | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2004

January – Learn from the Aztecs | PDF
February – Be a quark! | PDF
March – A lesson in communication from ants and farming | PDF
April – Tell them why | PDF
May – Stop playing it safe! | PDF
June – What video games can teach you about motivating employees | PDF
July – Why difficult people are like sandpaper | PDF
August – Sail close to the wind | PDF
September – When you look at an apple, what do you see? | PDF
October – Broken windows and leadership | PDF
November – Do your employees want chemistry sets or Rescue Rangers? | PDF
December – When should you act on feedback? | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2003

January – Get up and get it yourself! | PDF
February – Isn’t soap just soap? | PDF
March – The king and his coronation robe | PDF
April – Sho-u-gan-ai | PDF
May – How business cards can be so much more than business cards | PDF
June – What you can learn from the hermit crab | PDF
July – The paradox of ice cream | PDF
August – Something special happened on July 30 | PDF
September – Set them up to succeed by helping them fail | PDF
October – Why humans are like turtles | PDF
November – When you squeeze the ketchup bottle what comes out? | PDF
December – One size doesn’t fit all! | PDF

Mega Minute Archives 2002

July – Step outside your comfort zone! | PDF
August – For an effective meeting, try this radical technique! | PDF
September – Put on your own “oxygen mask” first | PDF
October – A life’s lesson from a lobster | PDF
November – Managing drop-in visitors assertively and effectively | PDF
December – Play tennis, not golf! | PDF

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