High Thoughts is an archive of inspirational quotes about daily work collected on the site between 2001 and 2007.

Jul 7, 2011

An Ocean Epic for a Plastic Age: Book Review

If I had to, I could probably count the number of times I’ve seen the ocean on one hand… Four. Throw in the Gulf of Mexico and I might need to use two hands. The ocean doesn’t have a pressing daily reality for me, despite it occupying the majority of...Read more +
Jun 20, 2011

Summer Reading Recommendations from The High Calling

Ah, summer reading. In high school it meant the curse of The Grapes of Wrath, The Scarlet Letter, 1984, Brave New World, and a test on the first day of class. Many years after graduation, however, I have learned to accept summer reading as a gift—sitting on my back porch...Read more +
Jun 17, 2011

Enchantment: Enchanting THE Boss

We’ve reached the end of our journey with Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. It seems fitting that we end this book club with tips on How to Enchant Your Boss . Here at The High Calling, we hope our work enchants The Boss, and I had...Read more +
May 30, 2011

Push Technology: How to Make an Enchanting Presentation

We slipped out the doors at the back of the conference room—striving for invisibility. The door snapped closed behind us and I could breathe again. The presentation we fled was hopelessly boring and more than once I had found my head nodding. My colleague suffered the same, so--in hushed tones--we...Read more +
May 23, 2011

Telling Stories: How to Launch and Overcome Resistance

In this week’s book club discussion of Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions by Guy Kawasaki, we learn about How to Launch and How to Overcome Resistance . If you are like me and you think that launch is something the space shuttle does, there’s a wee...Read more +
May 16, 2011

Don't Menschion It: How Trust Enchants

“I learned a Yiddish word,” I tell my friend Scott, who is Jewish. “Really? What is it?” “Mensch.” “Oh, yeah. A mensch. It means a sweet person. Like you.” (insert “awwww…” soundbite here). I am suspicious of the compliment, however, because this is the same friend who, a few weeks...Read more +