In this piece, part of the "The questions that change us" series, we have a look how asking ourselves "What good looks like?" can contribute to our thinking. Read on.
Perception is production, not reflection, and the words we use to produce the world matter for they offer linkages to other words, concepts, and actions. In short, words offer perspectives. And in a world in which words are perspectives, verbs are the heroes and nouns are the villains.
Do you want to set your priorities straight? Looking for ways to change the world? Wondering where to begin? There you have it - ask yourself "What wouldn't get done unless I do it?" and you know where to start. This same question exists in multiple versions. John F. Kennedy was inviting us to ask … Continue reading The questions that change us: What wouldn’t get done unless I do it?
I have a confession to make: I totally and completely suck at asking questions. It's not that I don't want to learn more about others or that I don't think there's anything they can teach me. I just really don't know what to ask them. I mostly ask close-ended questions and I often times even … Continue reading The ‘Questions that change us’ series
How can we nudge ourselves? A fresh perspective on nudging and how to make better decisions and actions. Read on.
In the beginning, there is perception. Long before you paid attention to something or formed a memory, your brain used its extensions, the senses, to gather input, calculate the probability of certain outcomes, and ultimately – predict what’s your best course of action to keep you in a good shape.
If you are going to listen to one thing these days, make it this episode of WorkLife with Adam Grant: https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5mZWVkYnVybmVyLmNvbS9Xb3JrbGlmZVdpdGhBZGFtR3JhbnQ&episode=cHJ4XzEzMV85YWUwYmRlNS0wZWU2LTRkZjktYmQxZS1mMWEwYmM2Njk4MTA&ved=0CAsQzsICahcKEwjA3PHW4O7oAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ. The conversation, on the face of it, is about relationship and trust: "Work relationships are complicated. Who holds the power and why? What are effective ways to solve conflict? And how do you know … Continue reading Recommended podcast: Adam Grant speaks with therapist Esther Perel
The scent of spring this year is the scent of handsanitizer. What we expect of this incessant cleaning is, clearly, that it keeps us healthy. What I didn't expect before I researched the topic is that it also has important psychological effects. Here are three brilliant examples of how hand washing impacts our minds.
The command-and-control model is dominant and pervasive, as the current situation clearly shows. There are other ways of changing behaviour, and ones that are a much better fit for purpose. Read on.
Framing something as "a numbers game" sets us up for failure. It alludes to how persistence breeds success but it makes us blind for other equally important aspects of it. We will be much better off if we start saying and thinking it's a "Learners' game" instead. Here's why.