Silvan Becker

578 Added | 11 Magazines | 5 Likes | 6 Following | 493 Followers | @sbecker | Keep up with Silvan Becker on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Silvan Becker”

5 Quick Ways To Harness Your Intuitive Gifts

Intuition is a superpower we all possess—a type of secret inner gift. It is your most sacred, trustworthy, brilliant internal guidance system. And …

Meditation

Shift Your Perspective and Change Your Life

There’s plenty of solid evidence that how we think about what’s going on in our lives can greatly contribute to whether or not we find events in our …

Psychology

How to Outsmart Writer's Block with Neuroscience - Copyblogger

There are approximately 86 billion neurons in the human brain, give or take a few million.<p>Our next closest competitors in the animal kingdom are …

Creative Writing

14 Best "No Credit" Credit Cards (2018) - Fastest, Easiest Approval

CardRates.com Guide: No Credit<p>In our modern culture, a valid credit history isn’t just a nice thing to have — it’s often a necessity. Without a …

Personal Finance

Hoe krijgt u een Amerikaanse bankrekening en creditcard?

De Nederlandse bankpas en creditcard werken gewoon in de Verenigde Staten, maar er zijn wel kosten aan verbonden. Een Amerikaanse bankrekening is …

How Netflix Reinvented HR

Artwork: Freegums, Good Vibrations, 2011, acrylic on wood, 8′ x 15′<p>Sheryl Sandberg has called it one of the most important documents ever to come out of Silicon Valley. It’s been viewed more than 5 million times on the web. But when Reed Hastings and I (along with some colleagues) wrote a …

Netflix Culture Deck Co-Creator Says Leaders Need To Explain Context

What happens when you eliminate rules, policies, and procedures?<p>When the Netflix culture deck was first released, it created a phenomenon. Never before had work culture, recruiting, and compensation been approached with such innovative thinking. Companies everywhere began adopting these …

Leadership

I gave up smoking two weeks ago and my body’s already changed for the better

I tried my first cigarette at the age of 14, taking one from a friend who’d been offered it by the older kids smoking behind the school …

Here’s how you can quit smoking for good

<b>Smoking is the largest single preventable cause of cancer each year in the UK, yet some 9.4 million people in the UK smoke every day.</b><p>Six million …

6 of the most difficult things about giving up smoking

<b>There’s a great dialogue in Guy Ritchie’s film Rock’n’Rolla about the nature of life and death, as viewed in the context of a packet of cigarettes.</b><p>A …

Guy Ritchie

Yale's Most Popular Class Ever Teaches How to Live a Happier Life (Here's What Students Learn)

The fact the class is so wildly popular speaks to the state of mental health on campuses today--and in your workplace. Audit the course by reading on.<p>News flash--adult life is filled with unhappiness traps and the search for keys to happiness (or even a good happiness hack to help us get by).<p>It …

Happiness

Three Elements of Great Communication, According to Aristotle

In my nearly 20 years of work in organization development, I’ve never heard anyone say that a leader communicated too much or too well. On the …

Public Speaking

Six Common Misperceptions about Teamwork

Teamwork and collaboration are critical to mission achievement in any organization that has to respond quickly to changing circumstances. My research …

Management

We took the world’s most scientific personality test—and discovered unexpectedly sexist results

Personality tests are both incredibly popular and largely bogus. BuzzFeed made its name in part by publishing quizzes telling readers which ‘90s kid they are, which <i>Friends</i> character they are, which Disney princess they are, and…well…which Disney princess they are, really. None of these have any …

Psychology

“Equalitarianism” and Progressive Bias

<i>“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.”</i> <br>–Friedrich Nietzsche “I want to understand how a …

Critical Thinking

Alan Watts and the Eternal Present

In 1950, both the world and Alan Watts were at a pivotal point.<i></i> Russia had recently detonated its first atomic weapon, ushering in an age of global …

Zen

12 books that every leader should read

I have been maintaining – and occasionally updating — a list of “Books That Every Leader Should Read” on my old <i>Work Matters</i> blog since 2011. These …

Books

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

Productivity

Seven Small Things People Use To Decide If They Like You

The human brain is hardwired to judge. This survival mechanism makes it very hard to meet someone without evaluating and interpreting their behavior.<p>While we tend to think that our judgments are based on the content of conversations and other obvious behaviors, the research says otherwise. In fact, …

Psychology

Eric Weinstein’s Four Quadrant Model

In our analysis of journalist Cathy Newman’s interview with Jordan Peterson, we showed how Newman and subsequent media coverage portrayed the …

Jordan Peterson

Could A More Individualistic World Also Be A More Altruistic One?

<i>Abigail Marsh</i> <i>is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Georgetown University and author of the book</i> The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between<i>. You can follow her on Twitter:</i> <i>@aa_marsh</i><i>.</i><p>Individualism is that rugged frontier quality that …

Psychology

13 attention-grabbing title formulas and how to use them

Whether you’ve been writing professionally for a long time or are an aspiring blogger or journalist, you probably know titles and headlines are some of the most important parts of a piece. Sure, they’re short — but they give readers an idea of what to expect from the content and help them decide …

Public Speaking

How co:collective Is Using The Power Of Stories To Revitalize Companies

At The Fast Company Innovation Festival, growth accelerator co:collective reveals how it is helping brands to become “storydoers.”<p>At business growth accelerator co:collective, the world is split into two types: “storytellers” and “storydoers.”<p>“Storytellers” are traditional brands like McDonald’s, …

After watching over 100 TED talks, these are the insights that have stuck with me most

Watch one TED talk, and you have a factoid to share with a friend at a bar.<p>Watch over 100 TED talks across several years — as I have, obsessively — and you begin to think a little differently about the world.<p>Not every talk is awe-inspiring or illuminating, but the best ones have changed how I think …

TED Talks

15 Marketing Strategies That Inspire Strategic Thinkers

These strategies will definitely spark your creative energy.<p>It takes a lot of time and effort to develop and maintain a marketing campaign that resonates with your intended audience. As a strategic thinker, however, the development of a marketing campaign takes even more consideration. After all, …

Marketing

5 Tips for Hiring High-Performing Sales Reps

The sales process has evolved in the last decade--have your hiring practices?<p><i>Chris Carlson</i> <i>is an</i> <i>Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)</i> <i>member in Seattle and</i> <i>founder of</i> <i>Sales Talent Inc</i><i>, an award-winning sales recruitment firm that specializes in headhunting B2B sales reps, sales engineers and sales leaders</i> …

Employment

Lifestyle changes, not a magic pill, can reverse Alzheimer's

Last summer, a research group from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) quietly published the results of a new approach in the treatment …

Dementia

You can't stop time — but you can make it seem like it's slowing down

Time flies as we get older. But why?<p>Research shows your brain's internal clock runs more slowly as you age— which means the pace of life appears to speed up. Other research suggests that the perceived passage of time is related to the amount of new perceptual information you absorb; when you're …

The Brain

This Evernote cofounder says Silicon Valley's favorite fasting diet has changed his life — here's his routine

Phil Libin, who helped create the popular productivity app Evernote in 2007 and led the company as CEO until 2015, was melancholy for a long time. His work didn't excite him.<p>Eventually he pinpointed the source. "It was the carbs," he said.<p>The fall of 2017 marks one year since Libin, who now runs an …

Phil Libin
Leadership