Posts by James Nolan

The Original Maverick: Samuel Maverick

We know the term "Maverick" to mean free-spirit, unorthodox thinker, rule-breaker. But most people do not know the origin of the term. Here's that story...      So, somebody owed old Samuel Maverick some money, and to square up the debt, he gave Maverick some cattle, which, actually, Samuel had little use for.…
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The Future of Right Brain People…

Daniel Pink makes a great case for the increasing prominence of right-brained skills in the USA at this time in history. He argues that primarily left-brained, “knowledge workers”, who learned/mastered a body of knowledge or knowledge of processes the rest of us do not know, have long been able to turn that knowledge into a…
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“There Are Not Four Directions”: A Poem

There are not Four Directions, as there are not Seven Chakras.There is no Holy Trinity,as there is no “New Mexico.”It is OK to pretend,to tell these stories,and it is a lot better to rememberthat we are pretending,that we are telling stories. They are good stories. They carry Truth, but are not Truth itself.Jim Nolan…
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Why Do People Get Better?

Probably Don’t Get Better for the Reasons You Think Jerome Frank was one of my heroes in graduate school, and maintains that position in my personal “Pantheon of Breakaway Thinkers.”It was 1961, and representatives of “Schools of Thought” (which were more accurately “cults of personalities”) would argue/debate/discuss the merits of…
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