22 simple but powerful tips from Nicholas Bate. I would argue they work equally well for a sovereign professional as for someone in a large organisation. Including: 13. Remember names, birthdays and catch people doing things right. 14. Find out what humility is and develop it. 15. Never ever, ever, ever be sarcastic. 16. Own your career path. […]
Steve Layman has a great quote from Daniel Kahneman: “A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.” I’m hoping this is from Thinking,Fast and Slow which is next up on my Must Read Shelf. […]
A passionate call from Matt Ridley in Monday’s Times: ” It is time for the many brilliant scientists who are discovering great insights into quasars and quarks, Alzheimer’s and allergies, into neurons, fossils, telomeres and ice ages, to “take a public stand and be counted” against the politicisation of some science within their own ranks.” […]
Rob at the Hammock Papers (again!) points us to Bob Weir’s new album Blue Mountain. I’ve been enjoying this since Christmas. It’s rich and mellow and atmospheric. The overall sound reminds me of Daniel Lanois’s production work. It’s a beautiful album.
It’s strange and not a little sobering to appreciate just how much Aristotle got right, 2,500 years ago. The essence of storytelling, he tells us, is three simple but essential concepts: Pity – (we might say empathy) first of all, we must make the audience feel for and care about the central character Fear – […]
The Hammock Papers remembers the release, on this day in 1976, of A Trick of the Tail, one of my favourite Genesis albums. And, he has a great bonus video of the band playing Squonk live. The Hammock Papers is fast becoming one of my favourites sources of music online.
Here are some great resources on the neurochemical effect of storytelling. Paul Zak’s lab was responsible for identifying the importance of oxytocin in generating trust (as here). When I started to look at that, I found this much more interesting (for me) research on the generation of oxytocin during engaging narrative, and its related impact […]
Paul J. Zak has an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review (here) on the impact of trust on performance: 50% higher productivity, 74% lower stress, 29% more satisfaction and 40% lower burnout (reported experience, top quartile vs. bottom quartile). The article also gives eight actions to foster higher trust within the organisation, including: recognise excellence […]
The media is currently obsessed by Donald Trump’s travel ban and it seems that, without exception, every outlet is describing the target as seven “mostly Muslim” countries. Social and celebrity media has quickly elided that to “Muslims”. Those countries are, of course, mostly Muslim: between 90.0 and 99.7% of their populations according to Pew Research quoted on […]
Just an important reminder from Steven Pressfield: “Step One, it seems to me, is to recognize that all of us–writers, artists, filmmakers, actors, musicians–are entrepreneurs. We don’t work for the Man. We work for ourselves. These are two completely different modes of operating in the world and of thinking about ourselves. … No one guarantees […]