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Why Do We Listen To Each Other?
Monday, 28 Sep, 2015
Why Do We Listen To Each Other?

What if it were true that we only understand a fraction of what others say to us? And if true, what can we do about it?
As someone who has taken great pride in accurately hearing what others say, I was annoyed to discover that it’s pretty impossible for any listeners to achieve any consistent level of accuracy. The problem is not the words – we hear those, albeit we only remember them for less than 3 seconds and not in the proper order (Remember the game of Telephone we played as kids?). The problem is how we interpret them.

Can Collaboration Work?
Saturday, 27 Jun, 2015
Can Collaboration Work?

We enter into collaborations assuming we’ll succeed as teamwork partners. Yet we rarely achieve true partnership:
* Because we listen uniquely and through biased filters we sometimes mistakenly presume intent or misconstrue what’s been said and agreed upon. Problem: Flawed assumptions, wasted time and relationship capital, and restricted scope.
* There is often not enough diversity to enable maximum creativity and unrestricted solution options. Problem: Similar ideas and options constrain possibility and maintain the status quo.

Content Marketing that Converts
Monday, 1 Jun, 2015
Content Marketing that Converts

“Content is king”. I’ve heard that phrase for years. But what does it mean?

What Makes A Decision Irrational?
Tuesday, 19 May, 2015
What Makes A Decision Irrational?

After spending 30 years deconstructing the inner processes of how people decide, and training a decision facilitation model used in sales, coaching, and leadership,

Questions: The Problems and the Possibilities
Monday, 30 Mar, 2015
Questions: The Problems and the Possibilities

I recently accepted a cold call from an insurance guy because I was thinking of switching providers.

Motivation Is An Inside Job
Monday, 9 Mar, 2015
Motivation Is An Inside Job

Why do we do what we do? What causes us to succeed, fail, procrastinate? Is it our environment? Our biology? Our New Year’s resolutions? There’s much debate why our motivation goals fail and how to resolve them. I believe we’re addressing the wrong issues.
WHY PROMOTING BEHAVIOR CHANGE CAUSES RESISTANCE
Everything I’ve read on resolving “motivation” issues focus on behaviors: why, how, when. Courses, keynote speakers, books, attempts to pump up, stimulate, and otherwise inspire. All trying to cause the ineffective behaviors to change to effective ones. But change doesn’t happen this way. Motivation involves both shifting beliefs, and creating new…Read more