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Four lessons in social manipulation from the 2016 US elections

Black and white thinking. This is the core of simplistic thinking, where we render complexity into easy, yes/no, good/bad, for/against positions. No individual is all “good” or all…

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Five self-awareness lessons from the 2016 US elections

Judge others by their actions, not their words. A candidate can say anything they want before the election, then change their mind after. They can even do a…

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Problems in an ego-driven business

When a business is primarily driven by the owner’s ego, the following problems often arise: Wrong priorities: The ego’s needs come first. Everybody else, including customers, must come…

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The time for grassroots action is now

Forget governments and politicians; the time for grassroots action is now. Like many people I know, I have been increasingly disillusioned with politicians and governments of late; from…

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Why ego-driven businesses fail

When the owner’s ego is the primary driver for a business, it can fail because the ego’s need for attention gets in the way. The dominance of the…

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A body of worth

Create a body of work to demonstrate your abilities and commitment to your craft. Two examples come to mind: This guy who makes a new spoon every day….

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Post-traumatic growth

The Surprising Benefit Of Going Through Hard Times is a positive article on thriving after traumatic events. A common traumatic event many working professional face is being the…

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Some problems are insoluble

Let’s define solved as – the problem has be dealt with, or cleared up, in such a way that it has gone away and not likely to occur…

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The pros and cons of being nice

Because humans are social animals, being nice is a basic requirement to stay in business. If we want our businesses to last, we must learn to work with…

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Three dimensions for understanding a problem

Looking at a problem across the following three dimensions may be useful in helping us better understand and problem, reframe our perceptions, and find ways to move forward….

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Asking open questions for deeper richer responses

How we ask a question determines the usefulness of what we get back. The mild avoidance I have with question and answer sites like Quora is this: The…

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The importance of being healthy selfish

A core aspect of elevating ourselves is learning healthy selfishness. Healthy selfish is why we must put on our own oxygen masks first, before helping others. In every…

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$500 census server

QUT students design a $500 cloud-based census server four times better than IBM’s $9 million system. This article about two university students creating a system over a weekend…

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Talent-Belief gap

Self-efficacy is the belief that we are able to respond effectively or successfully to a given situation. The Talent-Belief gap describes how well our self-belief (efficacy) tallies with…

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Action-Impact gap

The Action-Impact gap lies between our awareness of having done or said something, and the realisation of that action’s impact on others. When we have a large gap,…

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Over-marketing?

In the age of Brand You, is it possible to be too well marketed? At some point in the pursuit of marketing perfection, we risk crossing the line…

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The unemployable skillset

Traditional employment methodologies and processes seem to be increasingly falling behind the reality of work. The jobs that are most safe going forward naturally require skills referred to…

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Anxiety blocks creativity

“…feelings of anxiety stimulate your limbic system, causing your brain to release stress hormones. The limbic system stops communicating with the cerebral cortex, the part of your brain…

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Directly applied learning

This is a learning approach I have found useful: to learn theory/techniques from a book and apply that learning immediately to an actual situation. This is a screengrab…

If you truly feared failure…

This is an interesting reframe: “People who think they fear failure have got it wrong. They really fear success. If you truly feared failure, you’d be very successful.”…

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Hair-trigger ads UX fail

Yet another user-experience (UX) fail because … advertising! If you are a regular reader of news.com.au on your phone you may have noticed this annoying behaviour: swiping to…

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Mechanistic Processes vs Guiding Principles

Mechanistic Processes Processes solve problems by applying predefined reactions/steps to anticipated challenges. A person running the process needs only to know when to execute which step. A typical…

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Recruitment approach limits fresh thinking?

Employers continue to play it safe; while still saying they want fresh thinking and innovation. …employers explicitly look for certainty about productivity and fit in their new hires….

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When strong emotions override communications

Strong emotions can get in the way of constructive dialogue and communication. They can be triggered in either party in the dialogue. And they can spread – each…

 

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