Constructive versions of lying techniques

Here are the eight How to lie in a post-truth world techniques reframed as constructive actions. 1. Tap into an existing narrative. Building your audience’s existing knowledge and…

EQ visualised

This is my visualisation of Daniel Goleman’s definition of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as he described in the video below.

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

Engaging the brain to help the heart

When we are caught up in our emotions, it can be very hard to interrupt that inner turmoil. That’s the problem with emotions – they can be so…

Ambiguity can be a strength too

We hear a lot about the importance of precision in communications, especially in technical domains where ambiguity can lead to costly or deadly mistakes. But precision and ambiguity…

Pragmatism an undervalued strength

Pragmatism seems to be somewhat undervalued these days. And yet it is a powerful antidote to the plethora of fads and trends promising easy fixes and quick answers…

Ideals vs perfectionism

I have on a few occasions heard this said with derision and disdain: “Ideals (and values) just hold us back.” I think a lot of the time this…

Watering sustainable behaviour change

Trying to change behaviour with brute force, punitive means is like watering a sandy hydrophobic garden bed with large buckets of water. On the face of it, the…

Inclusiveness and mental dexterity

Practising inclusiveness keeps our brains flexible and supple; ready to meet new challenges more effectively and constructively. Inclusiveness requires that we maintain: A temporary suspension of immediate judgement…

Indicating and (maybe) not turning

If you drive, you would be familiar with the practice of waiting for a driver indicating to change lanes or turn to actually execute the move. We wait…

No one succeeds on their own

We (and the media) often celebrate a loud and charismatic leader as The One championing a movement. We forget the masses of behind-the-scenes individuals that enable this one…

Optimal anxiety

I found this in one of my notebooks recently. Basically, a level of anxiety is needed for us to perform at our best. Hence “Optimal Anxiety.” Too much…

How to become more innovative

You want to be a doctor? You go to medical school. You spend the specified amount of time and money. And you become a doctor. It is a…

Scanners and divers

“Our culture respects specialists. People aren’t called ‘Renaissance men’ any more; they’re called ‘dilettantes’ or ‘jack of all trade,’”  — Barbara Sher in I Could Do Anything If…

Get Sh*t Done!

Read Niall Harbison’s Get Sh*t Done!: From Spare Room to Boardroom in 1,000 Days Bought it late one night, fell asleep reading it. Highly readable. Full of wisdom…

Let them win

Some people just need to win. They are defensive, touchy, fearful, controlling. They need to justify everything in their favour; to make everyone else wrong. And to make…

What drives a closed mind?

What would compel someone to be so rigid, inflexible and exclusive with their thinking that they end up disrupting discussions and alienating themselves from groups? I noticed these…

 

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