Do It Logically, But Don’t Forget to Feel It Psychologically

We had been grinding away on work, checking the boxes, crossing the t’s, and trying not to burn out. One of my partners asked me, “How are you feeling? Not about the work, about how this is going? Zoom out with me for a second.” It’s a simple question and it can change an approach.  … Continue reading Do It Logically, But Don’t Forget to Feel It Psychologically

The Limits Of My Language Mean The Limits Of My World (Brené Brown’s “Atlas”)

Brené Brown’s latest book, “Atlas of the Heart,” is a deconstruction of the language we (can/should/could) use to understand our emotions and experiences. Here’s the “limits of my language” quote, what it means, and how “Atlas” applies to ourselves and others, personally and professionally.  Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language mean the limits … Continue reading The Limits Of My Language Mean The Limits Of My World (Brené Brown’s “Atlas”)

Podcast Of The Week: Why Does The Brain Exist?

Lisa Feldman Barrett is an accomplished author and neuroscientist who’s written extensively about what feelings are, how they’re formed, and what’s going on both physically and mentally as we experience them. It’s no surprise J.P. O’Shaughnessy and she has a ton to discuss, with him being such an OG of the Behavioral Finance space.  There … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Why Does The Brain Exist?

Why Everyone Is Talking About Web3 (And You Should Be Too)

Every business with a pulse is talking about Web3. In case you’re not plugged into the internet hype machine, here’s what they’re talking about, why it matters, and what you should be thinking about for how it applies to your business. Web1 was the launching of websites and browsers to explore them. It was the … Continue reading Why Everyone Is Talking About Web3 (And You Should Be Too)

Differentiate Between Your Average And One-Off Responses

One of the hardest conversations to make clear in service organizations is how to differentiate between average responses and special one-offs. It’s based on the core idea that “to make something for everyone is to make something for no one.” Mastering this logic allows us to go from constantly putting fires out to intentionally putting … Continue reading Differentiate Between Your Average And One-Off Responses

3 Steps To Organize Your Professional New Year’s Resolutions

No doubt we’re all about to have the “New Year’s Resolution” version of our professional commitments this week. It’s time to find out if we’re hitting the proverbial gym or pressing either of the two buttons Ted Lasso swears he never presses (panic OR snooze). There’s an added layer of complexity when we’re doing the … Continue reading 3 Steps To Organize Your Professional New Year’s Resolutions

How (And Why) To Focus On Perceptions, Not Realities

“People respond to perceptions, not realities, and having the initiative allows you to shape perceptions.” - Venkatesh Rao Once we accept “the map is not the territory,” we see the interpretations of the map-makers as separate from the territory they are mapping. The next step is to understand we have the power to make our … Continue reading How (And Why) To Focus On Perceptions, Not Realities

The Map Is NOT The Territory

When we say, “the map is not the territory,” we’re making a point that a drawing of some location is always a reduction of the "real" location. It’s a simple yet incredibly important distinction because it applies any time we (or someone else) simplify a more complicated domain we'll be traveling in/experiencing. In corporate and … Continue reading The Map Is NOT The Territory

Using Content And Context To Lead A Group Towards A Decision (For Parents And Managers)

If you want to understand the meaning of complexity, get two families with young (opinionated) children together and try to figure out where to go for a dinner. Make sure the decision both satisfies feeding the kids something they like AND provides for the parents to have a chance to chat. And they said nuclear … Continue reading Using Content And Context To Lead A Group Towards A Decision (For Parents And Managers)

How To Tell If “We’re Surrounded” Is Good Or Bad

I’m a huge proponent of a good spell and grammar check. I’m also a huge proponent of good tech to do it, because while I’m pretty good at keeping my their, there, and they’re’s straight, I am but a human. Grammarly is the app/plug-in I use to keep me in check. And, once in a … Continue reading How To Tell If “We’re Surrounded” Is Good Or Bad