Podcast Of The Week: Change Your Life, 2 Pages At A Time

Michael Bungay Stanier (one of my favorite coaches/writer on how to coach) has an excellent podcast for insights, book recommendations, and thoughtful discussions called, “2 Pages with MBS.”  He gets a guest and they read 2 pages out of book that helped shape their life and career.  How’s that for not your normal format?  If … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Change Your Life, 2 Pages At A Time

Podcast Of The Week: Josh Spector’s New Podcast

I steal (and credit!) a lot of stuff from Josh Spector. This means I’m extra excited he finally has launched a podcast. Check out “I Want To Know” wherever fine podcasts are streamed.  I really liked the episode about finding the “right clients.” There is no business this doesn’t apply to.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeQIpsIfAR4

Setting Goals? Use Less Chores And More Aspirations

Dr. Ayelet Fishbach says how we define our goals matters.  A well-defined goal will guide our motivations and disciplines. A poorly defined goal will lose us along the way (or maybe even before we start).  Let’s say we want to save more money.  Saving isn’t the goal. That’s more of a chore when we get … Continue reading Setting Goals? Use Less Chores And More Aspirations

Understanding Human Behavior Isn’t A Wrench, It’s Gravity

Understanding human behavior isn’t a wrench, it’s gravity.  Biases exist. Understanding them isn’t another tool in the toolbox. They’re… Newtonian. They're foundational to everything else. Biases and behaviors are the starting point. They’re the operating systems we all run on. We don’t have to fix them, we have to work with them.  h/t Brian Portnoy and … Continue reading Understanding Human Behavior Isn’t A Wrench, It’s Gravity

Podcasts Of The Week: Self-Critical, Comedic, Singing Lessons (Dr. Neff, Conan, And Ariana)

Hey! On Saturday’s I highlight a podcast about being a creative professional. Sometimes it’s direct, sometimes it’s indirect, but it’s always entertaining and educational. This week I've got THREE for you. Your Podcasts of the Week are… Dr. Kristin Neff on NPR's Hidden Brain. Find me a person with creative inspirations and I'll show you a … Continue reading Podcasts Of The Week: Self-Critical, Comedic, Singing Lessons (Dr. Neff, Conan, And Ariana)

Help (I Need Some Continuum)

There's a continuum to helping. If you want to be helpful, it helps to know where you're coming from. On one end is the bad samaritan. They see and don't help. We'll assume that's not what you're looking to do, but we have to acknowledge it exists. Next is the non-judging-but-passively-listening friend. This is good … Continue reading Help (I Need Some Continuum)

The Seven Questions Great Coaches Ask

Michael Bungay Stanier’s book, The Coaching Habit, focuses on asking these seven Jedi/MBA level coaching questions. If you lead or manage others, pay close attention. This is how you get yourself out of the way like a pro. I’ll present and answer them in a (weird?) one-sided dialogue for sake of this post, but seriously, … Continue reading The Seven Questions Great Coaches Ask

Three Types Of Terrible Meetings (And How To Fix Them)

Oh my god, this meeting sucks. Why? Here are three big candidates/clinical descriptions of why this is a waste of time: The small talk tango (where we verbally dance around nothingness), The ossified agenda (where we have an agenda, but it’s a fossil record of topics that were only previously presumed to be alive), The … Continue reading Three Types Of Terrible Meetings (And How To Fix Them)