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How can you know someone’s true motive?

Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question came from Faisal [22 votes]: Appearances can be deceptive. How can I, as someone who tends to accept things at face value, develop the habit of searching for true motives of others? In a practical sense At the practical level

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The Pay To Stress Ratio

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:30:04 +0000

On Tuesdays (well, usually) I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Kate N. [via email]: How can I evaluate the true value of a job offer? I have two job offers: one pays less, but the quality of life (flexible hours, healthy culture) is much better. The other

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Why do people fall into the trap of the narcissist?  

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 22:02:24 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question came from J. Mill via email [equivalent to 1 special vote]: Why are so many people charmed by narcissistic people? Which I recast as: Why do so many people fall into the trap of the narcissist?   As the son of a

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Why do so many managers have poor people skills?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 15:30:42 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Bobby [with 305 votes] is Why do many managers have poor people skills?  Why do so many companies consistently and with depressing regularity keep promoting people to people manager positions when the clearly lack people skills? They are not

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Why Do We Avoid What is Good For Us?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:52:58 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from TJ with 532 votes] is Why do we avoid what is good for us? Some people don’t eat well, others avoid exercise, and yet others are sufficiently comfortable at work that they don’t have the initiative to take a

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Notes from Seanwes conference 2017

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 16:36:45 +0000

I spoke at the Seanwes conference in Austin,TX this week about the Dance of the Possible. Here are my notes from the other talks I listened to (I was sick for a good part of the event so missed a few presentations. Too much BBQ? Quite possibly). 2. Kevin Rodgers, Copywriting Three questions to ask:

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Notes from Business of Software Conference 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:45:48 +0000

I speak tomorrow at the Business of Software conference. Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 1. Jason Cohen : Healthy, wealthy and wise “This is not a presentation, a sermon” – a passage from the book of hackernews. “I don’t want to be a founder anymore – there’s a lot to lose from

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Notes from Mind The Product 2017

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:57:42 +0000

I speak later today at Mind The Product, an event about product management and design, in London. Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 1. Martin Erikson Product management is about people. You can only build products people love as a team. Product managers are not the CEO of anything. Regardless of your job

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Notes from PPP 2017 Chicago

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 16:21:46 +0000

I spoke this morning at Prototypes, Process and Play, in Chicago about The Dance of The possible (slides, sketchnotes). Here are my notes from the sessions so far. 2. Making Moonshots, Mathew Milan Leadership is the reduction of uncertainty in an organization – Paul Pangaro Reference: The Little Grey Book on Leadership, Paul Pangero Question: how

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Netflix’s updated guide to culture – an analysis & commentary

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 19:01:40 +0000

In 2009 Netflix released a slidedeck outlining their  company culture and I summarized its core themes with commentary in a popular post. This week Netflix released the first major update and here’s the rundown. What changed in 8 years? The most striking change is that it’s no longer a slidedeck, but an actual document of corporate philosophy. Part

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Does “think outside the box” help? Popular creativity cliches explained

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:31:15 +0000

While researching my new book The Dance of the Possible, I studied the history of some of the most misleading ideas that have been popularized about creative thinking. Similiar to the Myth of Epiphany and the other creative myths of innovation, these sayings are misleading despite their popularity. 1. Think outside the box: The implication of

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What We Can Learn From The Eiffel Tower

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:56:37 +0000

[To celebrate the launch of my latest book, The Dance of the Possible ,  I’m sharing stories related to the book you can see the series here] We take great works for granted. We forget, but the fate of even our most famous ideas and creations was far from certain at the time they were proposed. A

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Dance of the Possible: Launch Recap (w/ Photos)

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 20:38:35 +0000

About 80 friends and fans joined me on Wednesday night to celebrate the launch of The Dance of the Possible. A launch party is a good way for me to thank all the folks who’ve helped make my 14 year, 7 book, writing career possible, and share with them in launching something new. The book

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How Ignorance Drives Creativity

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:09:48 +0000

[In 22 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] “Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance

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Inside the messy invention of the microwave oven

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:16:54 +0000

[In 23 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] In 1946 Dr. Percy Spencer of

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How the Post-it Note Was Invented

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:32:22 +0000

[In 27 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] In 1968 Spencer Silver, with a

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Why no one cared about the Wright brothers airplane

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:07:30 +0000

[In 28 days my latest book, The Dance of the Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity, launches. I’ll be counting down the days until then with the story of an interesting idea, fact or story related to the book – you can see the series here] When the Wright brothers landed from

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The Dance of the Possible

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:54:23 +0000

I’m excited to announce my next book. It’s called The Dance of the Possible. This short, fast paced, irreverent guide to creativity is for everyone who wants better ideas and to finish projects they inspire. In 21 short chapters you’ll discover a fresh way to understand creative thinking, how ideas work, plus insights from decades

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Orwell’s Animal Farm – Book Review

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:16:29 +0000

I’ve read Orwell’s Animal Farm three times now: once was in high school when I wasn’t paying attention, another was in my 20s when I felt I owed it a second chance and then again this week as part of an inquiry into what’s happening in the world. While it’s well known that the context Orwell

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Hidden Insight and The Third Donkey

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:22:06 +0000

There is a viral video making the rounds of several donkeys at an animal sanctuary trying to work their way out of a pen. Most people, including a writer at the Huffington Post, focus on the superior problem solving skills of the third donkey, named Oreste, who took a novel approach to finding his way

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