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FREE Today: The Dance of The Possible on Kindle

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:35:13 +0000

Sunday was my birthday and to help celebrate my success at avoiding death in this universe I’m giving my latest book away to all of you fans and readers on Kindle today, Tuesday 4/17. You don’t have to do anything special. Just go here on over to Amazon, and “buy” the book for $0.00. Do

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Why Designers Hate Politics (And What To Do About It)

Tue, 10 Apr 2018 20:05:32 +0000

People who design things for a living depend on optimism. To do their job well, whether it’s designing websites or automobiles, they must believe they have the talent to make things that are better than what currently exists in the world. The problem is that this optimism, when combined with immaturity, creates a shallow view of

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The Three Gaps of Creativity: Effort, Skill and Quality

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:47:04 +0000

[This is an excerpt from the book The Dance of The Possible: the mostly honest completely irreverent guide to creativity. If you enjoy it, imagine how much you’ll like the whole book?] The great surprise for people with good ideas is the gap between how an idea feels in their mind and how it feels

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How and Why To Ask Better Questions

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:19:28 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came via email from J.B.: How can I learn to ask better questions? To ask a good question requires two things: an insight and gumption. The root of all worthy questions is a desire to fill in a gap

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The Questions To Ask About The News

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:04:49 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came via email from S.P.: I often feel overwhelmed by the news I read. How can I better manage my responses? The news is of course defined by what is new, but the implication has always been that somehow

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The proof that we’re all creative: losing your keys

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 18:34:10 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question is from Crysel [44 votes]: What is the real motivation for creativity? For most of history people did not use the word creativity very much. They just invented and discovered things in the course of their lives without applying special

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Are engineers more creative than designers?

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:59:23 +0000

On Tuesdays, I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came via email from Pavel Pavia [43 votes]: Are engineers more creative than designers? Both answers (“Yes they are!” and  “No they are not!”) are naive. It’s foolish to compare massive groups of people against each other especially around

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Has Your Boss Set You Up To Succeed or Fail?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:48:34 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). Yes I know it’s Thursday, but better late than never. Here’s this week’s question: I have a new boss who I don’t trust yet. How can I make sure they’re looking out for me? The term “set up to succeed” means a

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What makes a book a good read?

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:41:04 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came via email from Dennis S.: What makes a book a good read? Great question, but there’s no easy answer! Which is true for most great questions. The simplest answer is “are they engaged enough to want to know

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Which is more dangerous: writing badly or reading poorly?

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:50:40 +0000

On Tuesdays I generally write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week I turned the tables, and asked my followers on Twitter a simple question: Which is more dangerous: people who write badly, or people who read poorly? Polls like this are mostly just fun for me. Even so, I try

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Star Trek and the ideas we must reject to save our future

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 18:38:56 +0000

On Tuesdays, I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Ms. Unknown: What ideas must we reject to save our future? It’s wonderfully romantic to view the world from the point of view of a checklist of things we can either choose to accept or reject. I

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Contest: Take a photo and win free signed books (+$100)

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:21:22 +0000

Do you like to take photos? Do you own at least one of my books? Then this contest is for you. Take a photo that shows the books of mine you own, share it and you get a chance to win a bundle of all 7 of my books personally signed to you and a $100

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How to master the ways to say NO

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 22:32:58 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Sam K. [via email]: I lead a team in a very political organization. It’s hard to make things stick. I want to focus my team but I struggle with how to defend priorities as my boss and

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Does the attention economy make life harder for creatives?

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 01:35:31 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from Daniel H. [23 votes]: Does the attention economy lead to creative burnout? (And make life harder?) Trying to make a living doing creative work has always been hard for two reasons: The work is more emotionally challenging

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How can you tell a wise person when you meet one?

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 19:46:40 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Mike:  How can you tell a wise person when you meet one? If you can’t judge a book by its cover, how can you judge a person on their first impression? I’ve never liked the cliche about “you never

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The Last Jedi and Suspension of Disbelief

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 15:56:57 +0000

[There’s no askberkun post today – hope you enjoy this timely essay on films and expectations. There are no spoilers about The Last Jedi, but I’ll allow them in the comments.] “The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to the dream.” —Joan Didion We love or hate films based on what we expect

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Why Remote Workers Fail

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:49:33 +0000

[On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the archive). This week’s question is from Regina [330 votes]: What gaps in communication exist in global virtual teams? Which I have simplified for your reading pleasure to why remote workers fail.] The best argument about the viability of remote work is that it’s about

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Why The Right Change Often Feels Wrong

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 17:06:44 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely archive). This week’s question came from J.R. [via email]: What is a favorite theory that you wish more people understood? A favorite theory I wish was more well known is the Satir Change Model. It’s popular in some circles, but often when I

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How can you know someone’s true motives?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:03:39 +0000

On Tuesdays I write about the top voted question on Ask Berkun (see the lovely 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 the answer is

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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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