Mind Hack: Becoming a good listener in 15 minutes … or less

Mind Hack: Becoming a good listener in 15 minutes … or less

Look man, You can listen to Jimi but you can’t hear him. There’s a difference man. Just because you’re listening to him doesn’t mean you’re hearing him. – Sidney Deane, White Men Can’t Jump How many times have you hit pause for a moment and wished you were a better listener? You start out the …

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Under the influence: Why people don’t commit to promises in business and what you can do about it

“To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. ~Mark Twain” Any initiative sits on the foundation of someones commitment to see it through to the end. For small projects or startups, it might be a single person …

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MINTO: You could have had me at hello, but you lost me

The worst time to learn from your mistakes is when you failed to communicate effectively in a make or break situation. You’ve been heads down on this particular project for the best part of 2 weeks, surfacing only for the essentials (Double Americanos in a cappuccino cup). The deadline’s looming, but you’ve hit a problem, …

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The Game Changer

December 1997 – It’s the end of my last working day in the finance department of a small holding company in Swiss Cottage, London (UK). I glance over at my uncle, who’d brought me on as a temp several weeks prior. He’d offered me a permanent position, but I’d decided to follow my passion, and …

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Creating an environment for success

Creating an environment for success

There’s this idea I call the “leap”. It describes that situation when someone suddenly gets it, and they propel themselves to another level. Unfortunately, it’s something you mostly only get to see in the movies. Would be hero meets mentor, mentor teaches hero a secret, hero listens but can’t quite grasp what they’re hearing, until …

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Generate business ideas that are right for you. HINT: Has nothing to do with passion

Generate business ideas that are right for you. HINT: Has nothing to do with passion

There are a lot of books out there to help people start businesses, but even the good ones downplay the importance of the initial idea, focusing instead on the importance of action. This leaves a frustrating gap for anyone trying to come up with business ideas, and its one I’m going to fill in this …

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Are you qualified?

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The key to qualifying to do something new is to realize that you have qualified. Tests allow us to externalize this decision as someone else ultimately judges whether or not we’ve made it. Think about driving tests, or college admission as examples of this. But for most important life aspirations, there is no test or …

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Winning takes talent, to repeat takes character

There are a few “true greats” in any sport. The ones often remembered as being unflinching in the face of the toughest situations. I’m thinking world cup final penalty shoot out, or sudden death in a gold medal hockey game. Mere mortals, even talented ones, just can’t seem to bring the magic when everything’s on …

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Nobody likes you…

The problem with grading systems is they encourage people to focus their attention on a measure of success that’s unlikely to be relevant outside of a limited context – most likely a school of some sort. Prolonged exposure to these systems can turn into an addiction. Addiction is a coin with two sides; an appealing …

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You can’t get advice if you don’t know what you’d do

A great insight I once learned was the question of whether you can share something you didn’t really own. The context was a father who’d thrown a party for his daughter and immediately tried to get her to share the gifts she’d just received with all the other children at the party. She refused … …

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