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If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. —Isaac Newton Last time we explored the wonders of the prefrontal cortex, the thing that makes us...well, us. This time we shall talk of mentoring, the art and science of sharing with others all that...
Last time we discussed the value of practice, and how dangerous practice is if not paired with feedback. Today, I would like to introduce you to the first in a series of articles titled “Know Your Brain.” Each article will discuss a brain area, neurochemical, or other valuable brain concept.
When it comes to building our skills, feedback is not the first tool most people consider. In my workshops, whenever I ask what it takes to get better at something, the first thing I hear is, “Practice!”
Last week we talked about attacking problems rather than people. This week we return to one of our favorite topics: the gift of feedback. This post is adapted from the introduction to our book “Where’s the Gift? Using Feedback to Work Smarter, Learn Faster and Avoid Disaster.”
Are you happier this week than you were last week? If you read our previous post, I hope the answer is yes! Today is about how to influence others by striking at problems rather than people.
This week’s article is adapted from our book Why the Rhino Scatters his S#!T: Expanding Your Fun, Fulfillment, and Impact at Work.
Last week, we set the stage for the New Year with a discussion about goal setting and how to make goals actually work. This week, we will address a topic near and dear to my heart: the neuroscience behind why feedback conversations are so difficult.
Given our love of setting New Year’s goals that are then thrown away faster than an ugly Christmas sweater, today, we will talk about settings goals that work.
Last week, we talked about the genius of that “damned fool” Abraham Lincoln. This week addresses one of the greatest philosophical questions of our modern age: Coke or Pepsi. (The following is adapted from our book Why the Rhino Scatters his S#!T: Expanding Your Fun, Fulfillment, and Impact at Work.)
Last week, your humble author discussed what a cheap anti-tipping foreign weirdo he is, and the value of meeting others’ unspoken needs—at work and at home. Today is about, and I quote, the “damned fool” Abraham Lincoln.
Last week, we celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by diving into the neuroscience of gratitude. Today, we will talk about how we can make our customers (at work or at home) more grateful to have us in their lives.
Last week we discussed the British defeat at the Battle of Isandlwana and the importance of receiving feedback from anyone, regardless of their "rank". Last week we also celebrated Thanksgiving in the United States, so it seems like an especially appropriate time to...
The Battle of Isandlwana: What One of Britain’s Worst Military Defeats Can Teach Us About Receiving Feedback
In last week's post we talked about our brains' resistance to facts and the importance of challenging our own beliefs. Today's story is about the role feedback plays in our careers and our ability to alter our brains' mistaken beliefs. It is adapted from our...
Last time we addressed several strategies for breaking free of our career plateaus and taking our jobs to the next level. Today we get a little more...personal. I am the proud parent of one incredible child. I have also lived the majority of my life in Utah, a land...
Today we will share how to break free of those plateaus and better equip ourselves to escape them in the future.
Today we are going to address one of the biggest career killers: the plateau.
Today is the first of what I suspect will be a variety of posts busting common brain myths.
To commit criminal acts with impunity is, of course, not the lesson we want to take from that story! Today we will cover nine proven strategies for building an effective network.
During the planet’s uneasy peace between its first and second World Wars, a student at Cambridge University in England was slaving away in a lab. He was a theoretical physicist, but the tutor assigned to him was Patrick Blackett, a great experimental physicist. This student hated his tutor, and he hated the boring, repetitive lab work he was forced to undertake. Finally, in a fit of frustration and despair, the student took an apple, filled it with poison from the lab, and placed it on his tutor’s desk.
Today we’re going to pull out the couch, put on our psychology hats, and talk about regret.
Some years ago my team and I were asked to work with a local chain of restaurants to help boost server productivity. We took a look at which servers got the best tips, as well as those who drummed up the biggest sales. We saw a lot of what we expected to see. The best servers were warm and considerate. They were not rushed, and did a great job recommending sides and desserts that customers may have otherwise passed over.
The late 20th century brought an information technology revolution the likes of which we hadn’t seen since the invention of the book. Within just two decades the internet became a global information network that carried the entire wealth of human knowledge. Shortly thereafter we got magical pocket computers with which to access this information at anytime from virtually anywhere. And the magical pocket computers even make phone calls! While such a revolution brought with it significant challenges, it is generally seen now as an overwhelming success.
When I was six years old I faced the greatest change my young life had then been exposed to. I was invited to change myself—to do something I’d never done before. Suffice it to say, my six-year-old self was not pleased.