Tag Archives: Getting what you want

  • Get some sleep!

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    How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need? And how do you get the right kind? This video summarises sleep research suggesting you need your sleep to function fully. And if you’re jetlagged or depressed, then this NY times article will give you some ideas on how to use sleep and light to make a dent in […]

  • Why is it so hard to persuade people with facts?

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    Invaluable research on Why it is so hard to persuade people with facts. And a New Yorker article on a similar theme: Why facts don’t change our minds. Some tidbits from the latter: As a rule, strong feelings about issues do not emerge from deep understanding… If we—or our friends or the pundits on CNN—spent less […]

  • Make Friends, Not Contacts: 5 Tips for Networking

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    If you want to be happy, make friends. If you want to get a head in business network, right? No, just make friends. Here’s why and here’s how. This review of the book Never Eat Alone offers 5 tips for networking: try to Make Friends, Not Contacts. And here’s how to make friends (and why you’d want to). […]

  • I can’t say no to my colleague

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    I can’t say no. That’s what it feels like when a colleague asks for help. Saying no to clients is hard, as I’ve discussed before here. Saying no to your colleagues is harder, because there’s that team work thing to take into account. Can’t say no? get ready for generosity burnout Here’s a few tips […]

  • Hell Yeah! or no

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    Since I’ve started collecting things about how to make a “no” sound more like a “yes” for this program, I’ve come across a treasure trove of reasons you sometimes need to say no. It’s against the conventional wisdom (of say yes to everything) and against basic improvisation lore (law?) – the answer is always yes. […]

  • Breathe, unplug, daydream… to be more productive

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    You can be more productive than you are. Here are two different ends of the spectrum: some holistic solutions and a few more practical. Which one appeals to you more? This Inc article offers 5 Tips for Increased Productivity through Mindfulness. They are: Take five to breathe Download a meditation app. Uni-task Let your mind wander […]

  • Planning for non-planners

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    Tis the season for the planning. Here’s a podcast with my friend Ken Burgin that I did on Friday! For more of my take on planning (and some of the research of which I speak), try the link to my “get what you want” blog posts below. and this link on my Consultants’ Consultant blog.  

  • Influencing people you don’t pay

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    If you’re not their boss but you still want them to play along with you, here are some ideas on getting people to collaborate when you don’t control their salary. Twin it with this interesting take on how acting like a magician (i.e. preparing a LOT and aiming to WOW!) can make you more politically […]

  • Saying No is a power…

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    “I think power is having the freedom to say no to something you don’t want to do. Feeling like you can say without any negative repercussions is an important kind of power” Tiny Fey *Hear Tiny Fey in full here (skip to 20:21). Find out about my Make a No Sound like a Yes Program. Click here.

  • Dressing for Success still works

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    Notching up your dress standards does make a difference: New studies suggest that when workers wear nicer clothes, they achieve more. Why Dressing for Success Leads to Success. Here are some pix (from the US/UK, so it’s a little more formal than Australians tend to be) that give you a sense of what each standard means.