Posts in category: Human Nature

What we pay attention to

What we pay attention to

I posted this aphorism on my Facebook feed a while ago which sparked a discussion with a friend. The following is a summary of the clarity that resulted from that discussion. Thanks Douglas! The thoughts and feelings we pay attention to are the thought and feelings we...
Empathy in electronic communications

Empathy in electronic communications

Empathy and connection works in electronic communications too. It just takes us a bit of time to adapt. I really do believe that the more we spend time on these communication channels, the more we will adapt our inherent empathy and connection abilities to them....
Incremental acceptance of the unacceptable

Incremental acceptance of the unacceptable

Social disasters stem from the gradual acceptance of unacceptable (but small) changes. Step by unchallenged little step, we march as a whole towards a greater outcome we would not otherwise choose. Social disasters can start from both bad and good intentions. A...
Fakery gives permission

Fakery gives permission

Real or Fake? AI Is Making It Very Hard to Know, by Will Knight. The ability to fake evidence with increasing plausibility will like give more of us permission to take greater risks online. As fakery becomes more believable and easier to do, “That wasn’t me (in some...
Asking the wrong questions of politicians

Asking the wrong questions of politicians

When our politicians make terrible decisions, when we struggle to comprehend their seemingly illogical or irrational support for certain causes, we often ask the wrong question. Why do they want to destroy the environment? Why do they want to take away healthcare? Why...
Ill-differentiated triggers

Ill-differentiated triggers

This was on the wall next to a secure door. To exit, I had to touch one of these buttons. But which one? With such ambiguity, I wonder if they get lots of false alarms? I wonder if all the doors in the building have panels arranged in the same way? Or whether some of...
Golden opportunity or trickery?

Golden opportunity or trickery?

A friend of mine, faced with staying in or leaving a job, asked: “How do I differentiate between feeling like I am leaving a golden opportunity and being scammed into believing it’s a golden opportunity?” Here’s my response: We cannot predict the future. We...
Constructive versions of lying techniques

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 biases can be a significant timesaver. Your communication can be more focused on...
EQ visualised

EQ visualised

This is my visualisation of Daniel Goleman’s definition of Emotional Intelligence (EQ) as he described in the video...
Five self-awareness lessons from the 2016 US elections

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 completely reversal, committing to the opposite with as much conviction as the prior position. Promises can be...
Problems in an ego-driven business

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 after. Customers will feel this self-centredness no matter how well it is hidden...
The time for grassroots action is now

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 both and all sides of the liberal/conservative divide. Politicians in the US and...
Why ego-driven businesses fail

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 ego can be quite apparent when we start looking out for it. It is often stated upfront in the business/marketing plans,...
Post-traumatic growth

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 target of a manager, colleague, business partner who has APD (anti-social personality...
Some problems are insoluble

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 again any time soon, or ever again. Not all problems are solvable by this definition. Because to solve it would require one or more...
The pros and cons of being nice

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 people’s emotions effectively. We must build relationship equity with our emotional intelligence (EQ.) Just...
Asking open questions for deeper richer responses

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 questions are predominantly looking for straightforward answers, and are closed in nature. Examples: How do I do this?...
The importance of being healthy selfish

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 situation, we can examine the following: What can I do in response? How can I learn from this?...
$500 census server

$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 that “could handle nearly 40 times as many census submissions per second” made a...
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