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The History of Veterans Day

The History of Veterans Day

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year 1918, exactly 100 years ago, representatives of the German Empire signed an armistice ending the fighting in World War I on sea, air, and land…

Every Kid Needs a Champion

Every Kid Needs a Champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, “They don’t pay me to like the kids.” Her response: “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.'” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Take the Abas Leather Factory Tour

Take the Abas Leather Factory Tour

Last winter, Paul Grangaard went once again to Florence, Italy, where his interest in fashion and especially leather goods began as a student there in 1979. While purchasing a portfolio for a friend in a high-end leather shop in the Piazza del Duomo, he pulled out his wallet made in Worcester, MA, by his friend Jim Devaney’s company, Abas. The owner of the Florence store asked where Paul had bought the wallet and complimented Paul on its leather quality and fine stitching. That’s what you call a high compliment. Jim started making “hippie leather goods” in the 1960s for sale in Harvard Square. No wonder the Italians are impressed.

Making a Presentation?

Making a Presentation?

Here’s some good advice. Michael Gass is an advertising business development executive and prolific blogger. In this article, he talks about something many of us overlook as we’re preparing our speeches for presentations: our body language and posture. Ultimately, they can have a bigger impact than the spoken words. Read more.

Take the Knitcraft Factory Tour

Take the Knitcraft Factory Tour

Curating some of the finest sweaters in the world required us to go just down the road to Winona, Minnesota. Handcrafted with pride in the USA, each is meticulously constructed from the finest grade of luxurious Australian merino wool.

How to Fix the Internet

How to Fix the Internet

There’s trouble in cyberspace. Though it revolutionized how we live our lives, the internet has some issues. Increasingly centralized control is an alarming trend that threatens to undermine the existence of the internet as we know it. This fascinating report from The Economist dives into what went wrong with the internet and what can be done to fix it. It’s well worth your time.

How to Be a Leader

How to Be a Leader

Being a leader doesn’t start once you get the promotion (nor when you start dressing like one). It’s an everyday commitment to seizing the initiative and excelling at every task no matter how small. Paying attention to what others have done to achieve their success is key, and this article from the Harvard Business Review is a terrific place to start.

Building Your Circle

Building Your Circle

Great networks don’t just happen. Great friendships don’t either. To make either one really solid, you need to make some commitments. This survey published by Men’s Health gives an overview of how we do that as men. And may give you some inspiration for how to do it better.

Why Dress Well?

Why Dress Well?

Admittedly, we have a vested interest in this one. As purveyors of high-quality menswear, CircleRock believes in the career-building value of dressing in great clothes that fit well. But don’t take our  word for it: review the findings in this article from Scientific American.

The Importance of Mentorship

The Importance of Mentorship

You can enhance your business career by finding the right mentor. Someone who’s been there before invariably learns and notices things that can spare you some pain and missteps as you climb in your career. There are a lot of good points about what 20 year olds (and 30 year olds!) can learn from 50 year olds, via TheLadders.com

Miracles on the 3rd Tee

Miracles on the 3rd Tee

Death, friends who just won’t give up, new life, more friends, and a second miracle — all on the same hole. This is an uplifting story for golfers and non-golfers alike – read on GolfDigest.

From Homeless to Harvard

From Homeless to Harvard

It’s never where you’re from, it’s where you’re going. And Richard Jenkins is going places. Homeless for two years with his mother and two younger brothers, he made a commitment to academics as a sixth grader. Six years later, that commitment earned him a full ride to Harvard.

Grown Up Thinking From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Grown Up Thinking From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The basketball great penned an article for Esquire magazine in which he lists twenty things boys can do to become men. His thoughtful, comprehensive outlines are well worth doublechecking. The man’s a legend for very good reason.

Dressing for the Job You Want is Only the Beginning

Dressing for the Job You Want is Only the Beginning

“Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” is classic advice that recalls the importance of your appearance in shaping your reputation, but George Washington and the Founding Fathers show us that it’s the substance of the man underneath that truly matters.

What’s In a Name?

What’s In a Name?

Why are we called “CircleRock”?
Thanks for asking. I grew up in a late 1950s middle class development in suburban Minneapolis. We lived across the street…