Is ChatGPT creative? An exploration with book titles.

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One of the most creative things I do is to help authors select titles and subtitles for their books. While doing a book titling brainstorm yesterday, I asked the AI writing tool ChatGPT to come up with suggestions; it did a creditable job and generated some subtitle text we may end up using. But is … Continued

Leadership lessons from Elon Musk

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Since taking over Twitter, Elon Musk has done nearly everything wrong, destroying tens of billions of dollars in value in a few short weeks. Last night he conducted a binding Twitter poll to see if he should step down, and received a resounding vote of no confidence. What can leaders learn from Musk’s short and … Continued

How to be smart and effective when you talk to doctors

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When I talk to a medical professional, I let them know a where I’m coming from and what I’m looking for. When you are a prepared and active participant in the conversation, the results are far more useful than what you get from just sitting and listening. If you want your doctors to treat you … Continued

My cancer

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I have prostate cancer and will begin treatment in January. I wanted to share my experience for several reasons. First, if you have a prostate, you might benefit from hearing somebody else’s experience — since you may find yourself in the same boat I’m now in. Second, I made my decisions in consultation with my … Continued

When AI tools like ChatGPT can write, how should we teach writing?

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ChatGPT undermines the traditional way we teach writing in high school or college. We can try (and fail) to preserve the old ways of teaching. Or we can develop new ways that assume future writers will have access to AI tools and help them to use those tools. Current ways we teach writing already stink … Continued

Everything about your book should maximize RX (reader experience)

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Why should authors put in the work to create a better book? The goal of a business book is to help the reader to succeed. Everything about it should support that goal. That means maximizing the value of the reader experience. Let’s call it RX, by analogy with CX (customer experience) and UX (user experience). … Continued

Confessions of a talented and arrogant colleague

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I have a problem. I have too much talent. I’m good at math. I’m good at writing. I’m good at project management. I’m better at most of those things than the people I work with. (I’m not good at humility, as you may have noticed.) I took jobs that reinforced my arrogance. I had to … Continued