Making a Mighty Mini-Mi: The Joy of Mentoring

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...

Know Your Brain: The Prefrontal Cortex

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.

The Definition of Insanity: Why Practice Alone is a Recipe for Disaster

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!”

Change a Little, Gain a Lot: The Transformative Power of Feedback

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.”

You Don’t Know Me! Attacking Problems, Not People

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 is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! The Neuroscience of Happiness

This week’s article is adapted from our book Why the Rhino Scatters his S#!T: Expanding Your Fun, Fulfillment, and Impact at Work.

The Curse of Criticism: Why Feedback Hurts, Even When We Want It

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.

Setting Goals that Work: How to Beat the Lazy Brain

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.

It’s How We’ve Always Done It: Why We Love What We’ve Already Got

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.)

The Damned Fool: Abraham Lincoln and the Art of Receiving Feedback

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.



Why the Rhino Scatters His S#!T

Why the Rhino Scatters His S#!T is about learning to thrive in 21st-century organizations. It’s about liberating ourselves from the beliefs, behaviors and assumptions that limit our potential and rob us of fulfillment.

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It is fascinating how some people succeed regardless of their circumstances. Their talents are always in demand. Their managers value and respect them. Their colleagues are eager to work with them. Above all, these people love what they do. How do they do it?

Michael-John Bristow and Nigel Bristow answer this question and explain how you too can achieve great things at work. Blending the wisdom of experience with groundbreaking neuroscience and psychology research, they provide concrete action ideas that will help you achieve your potential and experience greater fulfillment at work.

Michael-John and Nigel have the rare ability to translate the complex into simple, useable insights that resonate at all organization levels. Their stories are energising and memorable; their ideas are actionable and valuable for both the individual and the organization. The concepts they teach have inspired me and many others I have worked with to expand our impact and take greater control of our careers.

Rosie Mackenzie

Global Talent Manager, Global Talent Manager,
Innovative Medicines and Early Development,


Why do only a few people truly excel? Some point to innate talent. Others suggest education. Research doesn't support either. In Where’s the Gift? you’ll discover the secret that few have learned: the ability to capitalize on feedback, in all its forms, will do more to drive success than IQ, education, or talent will.

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  • Get the timely feedback you need to reach your goals.
  • Handle criticism with less anxiety and frustration.
  • Turn critics into collaborators and colleagues into coaches.
  • Make sure that you are the first to know about concerns.
  • Use feedback to ensure the success of any company priority, such as customer service, safety or quality.
  • Find the hidden gift in ALL feedback, even when it is vague, inaccurate or unfair.

Where’s the Gift?” is as profound a work as any I have read. Michael-John and Nigel Bristow’s simple understated approach sheds light on one of the most important things we all need to do more: listen and learn to all forms of feedback, without judgment or emotion. They have been talking about “mindfulness” long before it became popular. I believe “Where’s the Gift?” to be the single most important catalyst for any success I have today, professionally or personally.

Neal Suggs

Vice President & Associate General Counsel – Worldwide Sales, Microsoft


This book is based on a very important premise: personal success is only sustainable when your needs as well as those of your employer are satisfied. If either your needs or those of your organization are not met, the long-term relationship will be undermined by a perception of inequity.

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Whatever your position in the organization, this fieldbook
will help you make a real difference—for yourself

and the organization.

When you are engaged, vital, fulfilled and employable,
you are making a difference for yourself. And when you
are engaged, vital and having an impact at work, you are
making a difference for the organization.

In today's world it is easy to get trapped by our traditional thoughts and practices. The delightful stories in Beyond Job Satisfaction will open your eyes to career barriers and solutions you may not have seen before. These concepts have energized me and many others at Boeing to take more control of our careers and our lives.

Kathy Andrews

Program Manager, External Technical Affiliations, Boeing World Headquarters