Tag Archives: Managing yourself

  • It’s the people around you

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    It’s hard not to just add every single post by Eric Barker to my blog. So if you want a great weekly email, subscribe to Barking up the wrong tree. In this one, he quotes Nicholas Christakis of Yale. Nicholas explains the secret of being lazy and still being happy in his TED talk (It’s […]

  • Talent: adaptability, resilience, passion

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    Interesting take on talent: Talent Matters Most – Pay Attention  It suggests that talented “A” players have: adaptability passion resilience Notice that this is content independent. I assume there is a given that you need expertise (engineering, market research, organisational behaviour, whatever). Check it out. Which ones do you need to develop more? If you’re after developing resilience, […]

  • Scientifically proven ways to get happy

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    It’s easier than you think. The 6 suggestions (with evidence) are: listen to music from a happy time in your life smile and wear sunglasses think about your goals get sleep reduce stress (to reduce procrastination) go for a walk every morning, preferably with a friend. Read more about it Neuroscience Discovers 5 Things That Will […]

  • Your boss cares, OK

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    “My boss doesn’t care about me” is one of the biggest cop outs in the world. This line from the film Casablanca says it all: A ratty looking guy says to Rick (Humphrey Bogart) “You despise me don’t you”. Coolly, Rick responds “If I thought about you I probably would”. And I don’t mean that in […]

  • Managing anger the smart way

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    We all get angry. (I get angry all the time). And I know it clouds my judgement. We know that making decisions when angry is not a good idea. This post from Eric Barker summarises the best of recent research on managing anger, which comes down to: Don’t deny it or suppress it Venting doesn’t actually work […]

  • A feedback option that works

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    Seth Godin has so many nuggets it’s hard not to just re-post about 80% of what he writes. This one is very useful though. He suggests that when we receive negative feedback we don’t counter each one, but instead write each down. This makes the client (staff member, spouse) feel heard. And it gives us time to […]

  • Mental Toughness

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    If you’re having a bad day, consider the kind of training Navy SEALs put themselves through, and how they are mentally trained to withstand some really inhuman conditions. If you have 5 minutes, watch this mental training video from 8 minutes onwards, where they talk about why it’s so hard to go against the fear response (and […]