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Do Something Syndrome

When to step in and when to leave things alone?

Iatrogenics is a term, drawn from the medical world but now used generically, that refers to any effect resulting from an intervention that causes more harm than gain.

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How To Win Without Succeeding - Tennis Lessons For Ordinary People

This article outlines - with references and resources - some examples of the significant areas in life and business where we can all take steps to avoid stupidity and increase our chances of learning from our mistakes and failures and in so doing increase our chances of winning by losing less.

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Not Confusing Activity With Accomplishment

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything.” [Warren Buffett]

"You need to be able to distinguish between tasks that offer a lot of speed and those that offer a lot of velocity..." and select the latter.

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Avoiding Stupidity Is Easier Than Seeking Brilliance

"It is remarkable how much long term advantage people like us have gotten by trying to be consistently not stupid, instead of trying to be very intelligent." [Charlie Munger]

By simply thinking about what you want to avoid or the opposite of what you want to achieve, you can plan effectively to prevent failure.

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Mental Models - Help You Think Effectively

A mental model is a high level representation, or overview, of how something works.

“...developing the habit of mastering the multiple models which underlie reality is the best thing you can do.”

Our world is multi-dimensional and our problems are complex. Most problems cannot be solved using one model alone.But if you don’t have a range of models, you become the proverbial man with a hammer to whom every problem looks like a nail.

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Cognitive Distortions - The Psychology of Human Misjudgment

Cognitive distortions are irrational thought patterns that cause you to to perceive reality inaccurately.

Our focus in this article is the area of decision making in life in everyday situations and also in a work and a business context, its about identifying and avoiding cognitive distortions and biases to cut through complexity and make good judgement calls and good decisions.

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Petulant Posing and Posturing - The Weaknesses Of Existentialism

Live authentically - rise above your circumstances, make your choices, accept total responsibility...

Existentialism makes some interesting observations that contribute to your understanding of life, and how to navigate your journey through it; but it undermines these ideas by adopting a dramatic and petulant posture based on clever word play that has little substance when seen from wider angles.

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The One Thing - The Power Of Focused Attention

The One Thing is a process for:

1] Focusing your attention and your actions on the achievement of the one big thing you want to achieve.

2] Narrowing your present focus down to the one next step you must take to progress you towards that one big thing.

Here are the 5 key points...

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Pomodoro Technique - Firewall Your Focus By "Time-Boxing" Tasks

The Pomodoro Technique is a simple method of "time-boxing", which is where you allocate a fixed period of time to a planned activity.

The concept was created by Francesco Cirillo, now a consultant specialising in improving productivity and efficiency, and time management.

The discipline of time-boxing is helpful because it puts a finite limit on an activity and forces you to stop for a break when the preset time period is reached.

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The Meaning Of Life Is Entirely What You Choose It To Be

"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

These are the final words of the dissolute, alcoholic lawyer Sydney Carton in Charles Dickens' "Tale Of Two Cities" as he take the place of the condemned husband of the woman he loves at the guillotine. In this final act of self-redemption he finds a meaning and a purpose for what he perceived to be a wasted life.

This is just a popular story with the typical Victorian love of melodrama and but it does touch on certain universal themes in the search for the meaning of life: altruism, self sacrifice, and a greater good.

But at the root this is a narrative about choice.

Sydney Carton made a decision - a conscious choice - to sacrifice his life to save the life of the husband of the woman he loved.

His found the meaning of life through the exercising of a choice.

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Deep Work - The Discipline Of Applied Concentration For The Digitally Distracted Age

Deep Work - producing at your peak level with full concentration

Summary - DEEP WORK by Cal Newport



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Elon Musk - “Failure is an option here. If things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.”

SpaceX launched the Starship SN9 prototype to an altitude of about 10 kilometers on its first test flight yesterday. It was destroyed during its landing attempt.

We have an incredibly skewed view of things that systematically rejects failure or negative results.

Elon Musk recognises that embracing failure and uncertainty is the better option and expresses the view that if things are not failing, you are not innovating enough.


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Immunity To Change - This Is Why Personal Change Is So Difficult

Managing personal change is inherently tricky.

We usually make the flawed assumption that it is skills based, in other words that we can read about it, go to seminars, watch videos and be taught to change.

Whilst it is true that we can be taught, generally we won't change.

Your failure to achieve a personal change goal isn’t the result of a lack of will-power, it’s your "emotional immune system" trying to protect you.

Here's how to overcome your immunity to change.

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Why Embracing Failure And Uncertainty Is The Better Option

We celebrate success and ignore failure. And yet success is the exception rather than the rule. Failure is the norm.

So in the face of this crushing reality, isn’t it odd that we bury failure and deny its existence by refusing to talk about it, rather than being inquisitive and seeking to learn from it?

Here are some pointers to help us understand our forgotten failures and 3 tips on how to embrace uncertainty.

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Emotional Freedom Technique [EFT] - Dealing With Your Anxieties And Stress

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is an alternative therapy has been described as a form of psychological acupuncture, it works well with the full range of anxieties, sadness, anger, grief, guilt, stress, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a number of other conditions which have an underlying emotional component.

I have used EFT on a number of occasions and the results have been good, and in one case extraordinary.

It can be self-administered, it takes only about 5 minutes, and you can download the procedure for free here.

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The 3 Keys To Improved Decision Making

Having good judgment, making accurate predictions, making good decisions, is mostly about which mindset you're in.Do you have a "Soldier Mindset" and defend at all costs, or do you have a "Scout Mindset" and seek to understand what's really there?

Here are 3 keys that will improve your ability to predict and assess the effects of your choices and thus lead to improved decision making.

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More In Common

We are currently living in troubled times where:

# Experts are denigrated and ignorance, bias and prejudice is celebrated;

# Intelligent discussion and agreement to disagree and respect for other shades of opinion are denied in the current cancel culture;

# Public debate is hijacked and taken over by group think and mob rule.

# Woke thinking takes precedence over reasoned debate;

# Virtue signally takes precedence over private philanthropy.

And yet most of the time, in most circumstances, people are the same.

Here is how we can build on that...

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What so many get wrong about racism in the workplace

Let’s talk about racism in the workplace. Do you feel uncomfortable already? That’s okay. Feelings of discomfort, denial and anger are normal reactions to something so reprehensible. But the fact that you clicked on this article says something: You want to learn. That’s a great first step.

Let’s begin with some statistics and definitions so you can get a better idea of what it is and why it’s still wreaking havoc in our professional lives:

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The Law Of Attraction - Truth Or Lie?

A “first principles thinking” evaluation of the law of attraction and a redefinition that is based on solid foundations and offers you practical steps that actually work!

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How To Think: Thinking Skills, Focusing On HOW Not WHAT To Think

How to think effectively is especially relevant, at the time of writing, as the world slowly emerges from post Covid-19 lockdown and starts to come to terms with the societal, economic and financial consequences.

We are currently living in an age of unreason where:

# Experts are denigrated and ignorance, bias and prejudice is celebrated;

# Woke thinking takes precedence over reasoned debate;

# Virtue signally takes precedence over private philanthropy;

# Intelligent discussion and agreement to disagree and respect for other shades of opinion are denied in the current cancel culture;

# Public debate is hijacked and taken over by group think and mob rule.

All of which provides another very powerful rationale and motivation for learning how to think effectively.

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This Too Shall Pass - The Blessing And The Curse Of Impermanence

A true story, a mythical story and lessons learned...

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What Mindsets Do CIOs Need to Change?

According to Stanford University professor Carol Dweck, people and organizations tend to have one of two mindsets. And these mindsets — fixed or growth — determine whether organizations embrace or avoid challenges like COVID-19 and work-from-home.

The problem for CIOs is figuring out how to move their people and organizational culture to a growth mindset that is ready for change. Otherwise, their organization will experience a “Kodak movement” and market irrelevance.

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Living In A Participatory Universe

Does science support the idea that we are living in a participatory universe?

What conclusions can we draw about living in a participatory universe - and in practical terms, what does this mean?

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Secret Of Success - Identify Your Core Desire

If you want to achieve success in any area of your life then there is one very basic and powerful way to do this. It is easy to understand and is fundamental to your nature.

This is the way that people in all walks of life have achieved success from the beginning of time.

It is the building block upon which all success is the built and the rocket fuel that powers it...

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Growth After Trauma

What good can come of this? In times of stress, crisis, or trauma, people often ask that question. This year we’ve been hit by a pandemic that has caused hundreds of thousands of deaths, unprecedented unemployment, and a global economic downturn.

In the face of such a tragedy—personal and collective—it might appear that the answer is “Nothing.”

Almost certainly those outcomes will include some good along with the bad. Over the past 25 years psychologists like me have been studying this phenomenon. We refer to it as posttraumatic growth.

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The Power Of Framing And Why It Matters

How we mentally characterize a situation has a profound impact on how we respond to it emotionally.

There is a direct causal link between how we think about a situation, the words we use to articulate those thoughts, the energetic state associated with those words, and the results we create.

Here's how to change your language to change your results.

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Why businesses must slay the sacred cow of ‘proof of concept’ to adopt digital transformation

If the Coronavirus outbreak has taught business leaders across industries anything so far, it’s that embracing technology should be a huge part of any business’ plans.

Faced with a plethora of different technologies and possible strategic paths, however, executives could be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the abundance of commoditized solutions from an exponentially expanding list of vendors.

This article outlines a number of key best practices for businesses to overcome this so-called ‘analysis paralysis’ and implement strategies to bring about effective and sustainable digital transformation.

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Seven Principles From Romanticism For Leadership And Coaching In An Uncertain World

With the exponentially complex and unpredictable world we are living in, businesses and individuals find themselves forced into a period resembling dystopia.

The times we are living in have been called "unprecedented" so much that we've become numb to the word. We have seen through the annals of human history that when challenges surmount, it is a test of leadership, and it takes leaders to shine the path forward into hope.

The question that plagues leaders today is, "What will the future be like?"

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Lost In Transition - How To Cope With Hard Times

At the time of writing, with the world slowly emerging from Covid-19 lockdown, with our economies strangled, business failures and unemployment rising and our national governments flailing around like drowning men clutching at straws I think it is fair to say that many of us are currently experiencing hard times as a direct result of imposed change!

The purpose of this article is to set out a framework for understanding what is happening to you and to go beyond the circumstantial changes and to address the inner psychological and emotional impacts and how you can deal with those as well.

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Pandemic Accentuates Two Problems With Change Management: One Is Change, The Other Is Management

With the global pandemic forcing most institutions and individuals to change much of what they do, and how they do it, I’m reluctant to state the obvious: Things haven’t always gone well.

But the same can be said for most pre-Covid changes.

Why is change, even when your back isn’t up against the wall, so difficult?

3 of the biggest reasons are the following:

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Lost In Transition - Hanging In There For The Long Haul

This is the second part of this two part series that commenced with:
Lost In Transition - How To Cope With Hard Times where we established that change is what happens to you (and often is imposed upon you), whereas transition is the internal process that you have to go through as you make your readjustment and realignment to the new realities.

In this article I want to take a closer look at what happens in the neutral zone of the transition and how we can successfully emerge from it into the new beginning.

Here are 9 key pointers:

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How To Change The World With Astronaut Leland Melvin

Amanda N. Nguyen (Social entrepreneur, civil rights activist, and the CEO and founder of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization) interviews NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin as part of her Accelerating Change series profiling the world’s top change makers.

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Leadership Research: 3 Biases That Shaped CEOs’ Pandemic Response

The Covid-19 pandemic has required leaders to make decisions under considerable pressure.

We wanted to understand which decision-making biases they were bringing to the table and how those have impacted their decision-making.

Our research revealed three pairs of opposing biases. In what follows, we explain the managerial implications and offer ways for leaders to combat each.

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Working Through a Personal Crisis - 4 Effective Tactics

One day amid a flourishing career, you might find your personal life in crisis and threatening to upend your professional life. If so, you’re not alone.

Here are 4 effective tactics we can employ to juggle work, a crisis, our families, and ourselves:

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Do Your Employees Know Why You Believe in Racial Equity?

Too often in my work helping organizations strategize on diversity, inclusion and equity goals I hear from people who tell me they would love to hire, advance, or invest in more companies founded by underrepresented people, but they are worried about reducing standards and outcomes.

I worry that companies are approaching inclusion and equity with this flawed narrative.

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What Is Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), was originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues. It has gained popularity in recent years and has been found to be a rather effective means of stress relief.

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Effective Stress Management Techniques

Many of us are in need of effective stress management techniques. We are living in tough times and daily life can be stressful.

Let's not get bogged down with semantics about what constitutes "good" stress and "bad" stress - you know and I know what type of stress we are talking about it here...

Here are some proven practical tips for dealing with imposed change and anticipated change:

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The US Is More Alone Than Ever, Just At The Moment The World Needs Its Leadership

The United States is in uncharted territory, on an exponential path to becoming a Covid-19 pariah and an unreliable ally to its friends. America's fall in global esteem is turning into an international horror show as the world watches the superpower struggle to match the efforts of many poorer nations to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

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How To Think Effectively In A Post Pandemic Environment

As the world slowly emerges from post Covid-19 lockdown and starts to come to terms with the societal, economic and financial consequences, I want to introduce you to a useful resource: https://www.zen-tools.net

The theme of this site is how to think effectively, and this also means learning how to stop thinking.

The purpose of this site is to show you how to cope in tough times, and to provide you with the tools to do this successfully.

Everything I share on this site is all based on real-life practical experience from my own personal journey.

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Preparing Your Business for a Post-Pandemic World

Along with the severe health and humanitarian crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, executives around the world face enormous business challenges.

Ad hoc responses won’t work; organizations must lay the groundwork for their recoveries now...

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"Body n Mind" - Emotions Are Your Body's Reaction To Your Mind

There is a very powerful connection between "body n mind". Our minds are the repositories of all of our pre-programmed reactions and response patterns. Our bodies are the vehicles through which our emotional reactions arise and are expressed. Emotion is your body's reaction to your mind.

Here's how to manage your "body n mind" responses:

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What Good Leadership Looks Like During This Pandemic

The speed and scope of the coronavirus crisis poses extraordinary challenges for leaders in today’s vital institutions. It is easy to understand why so many have missed opportunities for decisive action and honest communication.

But it is a mistake to think that failures of leadership are all we can expect in these grim times.

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The Lost Art of Thinking for Yourself

Our systems of higher education and employment have increasingly evolved towards valuing a deeply focused specialization of knowledge and ability.

But trend analyst Vikram Mansharamani discusses the costs of relying on expert advice to make complex decisions.

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Powers Of The Mind - Finding Their True Source

The world of "self help" often makes reference to the powers of the mind, and what that normally means is the power of the sub-conscious mind.

It is of course perfectly correct that the subconscious is powerful, but only as an operating system. But, just like Windows our subconscious operating system has flaws and causes failures and "system crashes".

Find out how to access the true source of the powers of the mind.

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What M&A Looks Like During the Pandemic

Is the coronavirus pandemic and corresponding economic downturn a time to halt acquisitions or pursue them? There are high profile examples of each.

To understand how companies are thinking about acquisitions right now, the M&A Leadership Council queried 50 C-level executives and senior corporate development leaders about their plans.

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How Can I Change My Mind And Change The Way I Think?

So how can I change my mind? A good start point is with mindfulness practise. With increased practise you will become more aware of what is going on inside of you most of the time.

You will soon discover that you are almost continuously in varying degrees of resistance to something and wanting things to be different to how they are.

Here's how to deal with that:

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5 Questions About China That Boards Should Be Asking Right Now

Because many U.S. companies give their China operations a large measure of autonomy, top management and boards often do not have a good grasp of the risks they face.

To understand their China risks, U.S. executives and boards need to start a discussion. As we see it, the agenda should include the following five questions:

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Tools Of The Mind For Coping With Tough Times

I want to introduce you to several powerful tools of the mind. On this site we're not delving into the world of therapy or theory, our focus is practical and pragmatic.

We are sharing and exploring tools of the mind, tools that work on the mind that can help you deal with tough times.

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