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The Perfect Notebook Designed To Replace Those Productivity Apps (video)

If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of productivity applications you have on your smartphone and need a little clarity and focus you may be …

Productivity

3 Ways Effective Communicators Structure Unforgettable Messages

Even the best ideas must be presented in a way the listener will understand and remember.<p>Effective communicators rely on structure.<p>You may be the smartest person in the room, but if you can’t communicate what you know, you’re not of much value to others. The million-dollar ideas inside your head …

Public Speaking

With “King Arthur” and trite sequels like “Transformers,” this could be a summer of US film flops

The summer box-office season kicked off in May in the US and Canada. And Guy Ritchie’s <i>King Arthur: Legend of the Sword</i> marked the second weekend of the season witha paltry $14.7 million domestic debut. Its $43.8 million in worldwide returns didn’t come anywhere close to recovering the estimated …

Movies

The Explainer: Hidden Traps in Decision-Making

Harvard Business Review

A psychologist says a simple word swap can make you more successful on a daily basis

In her new book, "Insight," the psychologist Tasha Eurich argues that the more accurately you see yourself, the more successful you'll be.<p>To that end, she offers a bunch of strategies for getting to know yourself better, each one characterized by extreme efficiency and a focus on problem-solving …

Psychology

If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worry About These 24 Things in Your Life

We are each responsible for our own happiness.<p>If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing …

Happiness

The 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Yourself When at a Crossroads

Are you facing a big decision? Are you stuck in a difficult spot? Answering these 5 questions will lead you to your best outcome.<p>A close colleague is wrestling with the fact that his business partnership is literally sucking the life out of him. He launched his company several years ago with a …

Self-improvement

32 life lessons I learned by age 32

In early January, I clinked glasses with my husband and a couple of close friends as I turned 32 (for those of you also with a late Dec/early Jan B-Day — I feel ya)!<p>I've never followed a conventional path and that's probably my favorite thing about my life so far. I've done most things on my terms …

Happiness

Making a Big Decision When You’re Not Sure What's Right

<b>“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl</b><p>Over the last two and a half years I have made some …

Mind

15 Signs You're Emotionally Intelligent, Even If You Don't Feel Like It

Emotional intelligence isn't about achieving perfection. It's about learning and growth.<p>Have you ever let emotion push you into doing something you later regretted? Or allowed your feelings to hold you back from something you really wanted to do?<p>Guess what? We all have.<p>Emotional intelligence, the …

Emotional Intelligence

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively Diverse

Looking at the executive teams we work with as consultants and those we teach in the classroom, increased diversity of gender, ethnicity, and age is apparent. Over recent decades the rightful endeavor to achieve a more representative workforce has had an impact. Of course, there is a ways to go, …

Diversity

7 Simple Phrases That Make People Really Trust You

When it comes to business and life, trust is everything. Here's how to get more of it.<p>No matter how honest we may be in our interactions with others, there's always the possibility that people may misconstrue our words to mean otherwise. Certain key phrases that we say, sometimes even without us …

Leadership

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i> <i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Behavior

The 3 lists I make every day to stay focused and productive

I've spent a lot of time researching and honing habits of success in various areas of my life: diet, exercise, and personal development, to name a few.<p>Some of the most valuable habits I've identified go back to basics. They aren't anything fancy. In fact, all I need to complete them is something to …

Productivity

Apple acquires powerful iOS automation app Workflow, makes it available for free

Apple today acquired popular iOS tool Workflow, which allows users to combine the functionalities of various apps together to automate normally complex processes. According to TechCrunch, Apple finalized the deal today but financial details are not yet available.<p>In a statement, Workflow developer …

iOS

Understanding Philosophy

Insights from Philosophy provide an excellent basis and structured approach for personal development<p>The discipline of philosophy has traditionally …

Ten Reasons Why You Need a Journal for Your Creative Projects

There are tons of great apps available for tracking goals and ideas, but as with everything, sometimes the old ways are the best. If you are a writer …

13 surefire ways to tap into your creativity

Here in L.A., many a “creative” crafts vision boards, recites affirmations and generally begs and barters with the gods for inspiration and stick-to-itiveness — as still-undone projects nag at the do-it-tomorrow soul. Rather than letting your genius ideas languish another year, another decade, …

How to Be Constantly Creative

In his book <i>The Art of Learning</i>, author and the subject of <i>Searching for Bobby Fischer</i> Josh Waitzkin describes the secret to becoming one of the …

SIGNATURE STRENGTHS

<b>The 6 Key areas</b><p><i>Naturally the signature strengths exist in different mixes,measures and capabilities as part of anyone’s total psyche but</i><p><i>are reduced</i> …

Root Out Bias from Your Decision-Making Process

We’ve all experienced the disappointment of an important decision not going our way. The feeling is far worse when you feel that the decision was somehow “rigged” against you — that you never had a chance, that your input wasn’t given its fair due, or that only some of the data was considered. You …

Harvard Business Review

5 books you’ve never heard of that will change your life

Reading is important to me. It’s how I spend most of my days. It’s also the source of knowledge, which is why I read well over 100 books a year. …

Success

2 Common Words You Should Stop Using in Presentations

Remove this simple phrase from your presentation to instill confidence in yourself and your listener.<p>Are you preventing yourself from making that sale, getting that promotion, or being assigned that great opportunity without even knowing it?<p>Consider for a moment your last interaction while …

Leadership

5 Mental Biases That Are Keeping You Poor

Our brains are not naturally wired to make the kinds of decisions that lead to long-term financial stability and wealth. That's because most of us …

Some questions to help inform your life

<i>A year from now you will wish you had started today.</i><p><i>— Karen Lamb</i><p><i>“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them</i> …

Leadership

A Decision-Making Checklist

Use the following checklist to evaluate a decision-making process and assess whether it is likely to produce a good decision..<p><b>Questions to</b> …

Sequence thinking vs. cluster thinking

<i>Note: this is an unusually long and abstract post whose primary purpose is to help a particular subset of our audience understand our style of</i> …

Outsmart Your Own Biases

Suppose you’re evaluating a job candidate to lead a new office in a different country. On paper this is by far the most qualified person you’ve seen. Her responses to your interview questions are flawless. She has impeccable social skills. Still, something doesn’t feel right. You can’t put your …

Management

58 cognitive biases that screw up everything we do

We like to think we're rational human beings.<p>In fact, we are prone to hundreds of proven biases that cause us to think and act irrationally, and even thinking we're rational despite evidence of irrationality in others is known as blind spot bias.<p>The study of how often human beings do irrational …

Behavior