Tag Archives: Getting what you want

  • You’re hijacked

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    Pause for Thought: Your attention is your most valuable resource, and it’s being hijacked by technology companies. Tech companies (facebook, youtube, snapchat, ted) are scheduling our lives for us by steering the time lines of a billion people (insane! the influence in that is incredible). Watch this video from TED. Here are some of the points […]

  • Get more from those TED Videos

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    If you like me watch a lot of videos, you’ll be interested in this research on how to make the most of learning from the video medium. Essentially use pre-questions.

    Try it on these videos:

  • Leverage your technical experts

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    Are you getting the most out of your technical expert consulting teams? Your data scientists, data analysts, market researchers, the trusted advisors who give your business its edge? How can you leverage your technical experts and stop making these mistakes? See here’s the thing: people are tricky. Way trickier than data. And the smarter they […]

  • Presence and Voice

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    Just the way that you speak can give an impression of true presence.  Your voice hits subconscious/unconscious buttons in the brain and make you credible, real, committed, or conversely incredible, funny or sad. Laura Sicola contends that part of why no one remembers names is because we don’t say our names properly when we’re introduced. […]

  • Tactics to Influence: Get what you want!

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    You want to get what you want. If you don’t already have it then what you’re doing is not going to get it for you. You know that the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results. Here are some clues on what you might consider doing differently. The Primary Tactics […]

  • Kill Bad Habits

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    It’s one thing to have a bad habit. But if you’re a procrastinator, a gum-chewer, a chocolate addict or a late sleeper how can you make the change you want easily? This Is The Lazy Way To Kill Bad Habits: 8 Secrets From Research gives you some excellent and easy things to do. And if you’re […]

  • Motivate yourself!

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    It’s not talent that distinguishes the great from the also-ran. It’s motivation. Here are 3 ways to motivate yourself. And ways to increase your motivation when you just feel overwhelmed, stressed out or just not able to go on any more. And from Seth Godin, some stories to tell yourself to keep you fueled.

  • Between jobs?

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    Being between assignments is a frequent challenge for consultants and contract workers. Perhaps you’re between assignments, or just between jobs. The same principles apply. A few years ago a client asked me how to keep herself cheerful between assignments, so I wrote this book. Austin Kleon, whose book Show your Work inspires me daily (in both my […]

  • Tips on psychopaths in the workplace

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    Psychopaths are never fun. Especially if you rely on them for work instructions, performance appraisals or day-to-day survival. Many of my clients have had to deal with psychopaths. It’s never fun. I even wrote about it here (Office Politics: Is this hill worth dying on?) and here (Dealing with Toxic CEOs). This is a great […]

  • Identify the mistakes

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    You know how things go wrong at work, but no one wants to admit it? And you end up finding out way too late to fix it, learn from it or even apologise for it? Great tip in this video from Dan Pink for getting teams to tell you what has gone wrong quickly.