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Balancing Analytical and Emotional Intelligence

Our Neural Networks Don’t Have to be Rivals.

Our Neural Networks Do Not Have to be Rivals

In times like these, we are all stressed, fearful, and worried for ourselves and others. Our people are concerned about their jobs and providing for their families. More globally, we are all concerned about the nation’s health and well-being. As a manager, you must persevere in managing budgets, sales targets, and the thousands of other decisions that keep your organization alive. All the while, you must attend to the needs,...

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Stop Doing 4 Things to Build Your Emotional Intelligence

Stop criticizing people4 Misbehaviors that suppress our EQ 

1.  Stop criticizing people to make yourself feel good in the short term.  Why? Because at the end of "Remorse Road" lies "destination Anguish." Why do we criticize others so much? We aren't made taller, nor even appear to be taller, by knocking other people down. So, what emotional payoff do we get from this common unconscious action? Psychologists like Nick Wignall know it for what it is, a defensive reflex that temporarily masks our...

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Business Growth Is All in the Mind

Nature or nurture? It's what you believe that counts.

What Can I Say to MyselfAre we born smart or do we achieve smartness? Well, both actually...  IF you believe you can develop smarts, you will. It's a mental model that Carol Dweck calls a "growth mindset." But IF you believe your IQ is inherited, set, and immutable, then stupid is as stupid does. Dweck calls this a "fixed mindset." It is the core theme of her fascinating book and really is as simple as "what you believe about your ability to...

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The Happiest People Spend Money to Buy Time

The happiest people spend money to buy timeOur working lives are first and almost exclusively about the money. Too often the dollar trumps the dream in our organizational culture. We also struggle to prioritize time over money in our mind. We have biases that equate "busyness" with status and prestige. We also have guilt complexes about buying time but feel less guilty about spending our money on stuff.

So here are some mind-shifting ideas that can lead to rational habits, which can significantly upgrade your life.

Plan leisure time...

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Rethinking "Task Delay" aka Procrastination

Rethinking task delayFrank Partnoy, in his excellent book, Wait: The Art and Science of Delay, makes the compelling case that procrastination is not only our middle name, it is also an essential survival tactic in modern business life. We all have so many tasks demanding our attention and only 16 of 24 waking hours (see our February newsletter "Six Secrets of The REM Realm"), so that kicking those cans down the road is inevitable. The problems come when we procrastinate badly. Yes, it comes in two...

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