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Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too


When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their lives around their work, but not their days.

Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus. Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking. Their creativity and productivity, in other words, were not the result of endless hours of toil. Their towering creative achievements result from modest “working” hours.

How did they manage to be so accomplished? Can a generation raised to believe that 80-hour workweeks are necessary for success learn something from the lives of the people who laid the foundations of chaos theory and topology or wrote Great Expectations?

I think we can. If some of history’s greatest figures didn’t put in immensely long hours, maybe the key to unlocking the secret of their creativity lies in understanding not just how they labored but how they rested, and how the two relate.

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The 5 Seconds of Opportunity – Happening Multiple Times A Day

By LeaderTribe

This week’s video delivers very practical information the FIVE SECONDS between knowing the right thing to do and excuses entering your brain. “I’m too tired right now.” “Let me check email one more time.” “I don’t have all the information I need to make the call I don’t want to make!”

New research reveals that there are 5 SECONDS of opportunity that you will have several times per day. The people who are using this information best are being transformed. Careers are turning around, weight is being lost and marriages are being saved.

Watch the video, then get the FREE DOWNLOAD of the 3 page executive summary (adult cliff notes) for “The Power of Habit.”  If you like that summary, please just reply back to our email and we’ll send you out the 10 page summary as well!

Dr Rob

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Compared to What?

By Seth Godin

A quick look at Yelp reviews will show you that NY restaurants are not quite as good as those in some suburbs.

This, of course, makes no sense. New York is insanely competitive, with a ton of turnover and a very demanding audience. A fast casual restaurant in Shaker Heights can coast for a long time, because… it’s better than the alternatives.

Thanks to marketing, the media and our culture, we spend a lot of our time comparing before we decide whether or not we’re happy.

Turn back the clock just 60 years. If you lived in 1957, how would your life compare to the one you live right now? Well, you have access to lifesaving medicines, often in pill form. You can choose from an infinite amount of entertainment, you can connect with humans all over the Earth, for free, at the click of a button. You have access to the sum total of human knowledge. You have control over your reproductive cycle. You can eat sushi (you’ve even heard of sushi). You can express yourself in a thousand ways that were forbidden then…

That’s in one lifetime.

But we don’t compare our lives to this imaginary juxtaposition. Instead, we hear two things from the media we choose to engage with: Other people have it better, way better. And, it’s going to get worse. Add to that the idea that marketers want us to believe that what we have now isn’t that good, but if we merely choose to go into a bit of debt, we can buy our way to a better outcome…

Comparison leads to frustration which sometimes leads to innovation.

More often than not, though, frustration doesn’t make us happy. It only makes us frustrated.

If a comparison isn’t helping you get to where you’re going, it’s okay to ignore it.

Need to Persuade Someone? Don’t Touch Your Face (and 14 Other Science-Proven Strategies)


At one time or another, each of us needs to be persuasive or convincing. You may be a professional salesperson. An entrepreneur. A manager. A parent.

Whatever the case, for most people, being persuasive is intimidating.

People stress about saying the right thing. About finding that one magical phrase to make people say yes. About not tripping over their words.

But science tells us a different story.

When it comes to being persuasive and convincing, it’s what you don’t say that matters the most.

Marianne Schmid Mast and Gaëtan Cousin, in the book Nonverbal Communication, have identified 15 science-backed behaviors used by persuasive people.

The good news? These are behaviors that any person can master, behaviors that, when paired with the most basic argument, will take your persuasiveness to the next level.

1. Speak faster (more than 150 words per minute)

Most people speak between 125 and 175 words per minute. The faster you speak, the more your perceived expertise and credibility increase.

(Just don’t overdo it.)

2. Maintain eye contact

Never be the one to break eye contact first. Persuasive people keep eye contact longer.

3. Smile more

Plain and simple, people respond to smiling.

4. Use facial expressions

Facial expressions and animation convey passion and enthusiasm for your cause. It’s not only contagious, but convincing as well.

5. Nod more

Subtle nodding triggers a subconscious, but positive, reaction in listeners.

6. Gesture more

Use your hands, a lot. Like facial expressions, hand gestures reaffirm passion and conviction, and increases your persuasiveness.

7. Lose your nervous ticks

Touching your face, wringing your hands, grabbing your ear, rubbing your eyes — all these movements come across as suspicious. Avoid nervous ticks at all costs.

8. Use objects

While nervous ticks are out, nonchalantly playing with a pen or other object portrays an air of casualness and relaxation. That puts the listener at ease.

9. Don’t lean back too much

While you want an air of relaxation, you don’t want to be too relaxed. You don’t want to come across as noncaring. You’ll never convince someone that way.

10. Keep it close

Depending on your relationship, the closer you can get, the more convincing you will be. Sometimes it’s OK to push the personal space limits.

11. Relax

People who are uptight come across as nervous, or having something to hide. Relax if you want to be persuasive.

12. Don’t stand at attention

Speaking of relaxed, loosen your posture up a little bit. Being too rigid portrays an air of superiority and won’t aid your cause.

13. Move around

Think about normal conversations. People move, change positions, sway. Keep your movements as relaxed and normal as possible.

14. Make physical contact

Again, depending on your relationship, a barely noticeable touch anywhere from the elbow to the shoulder of the other person before making your ask will make a world of difference.

Try it.

15. Don’t overdo it

Don’t speak too loud, or too soft. Don’t be too animated, or too lethargic. Don’t be too aggressive, or too passive. Practice keeping your personality in the middle when you need to be persuasive.

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The Perfect Way to Know What’s Most Important

By LeaderTribe

Did you ever work hard, knock a bunch of stuff off your to-do list, but then still feel lousy? Did you still feel buried under a pile of work? There is a good chance that you were working on the most urgent, not the most important.

There is a way to do both! You can learn to Double Prioritize. I learned this trick way back in the day, before there were smart phones or other electric organizers. This goes all the way back to Daytimers (C’mon you Old School people—can I get a witness?). But it still serves me well and it will help you too.

First, let’s contrast urgent vs important, then we’ll double prioritize!

Urgent tasks are the things that crave for our immediate attention, like returning a text or email. These are the little things we do all day then, at the end of the day, find ourselves further behind.

Important tasks are the ones that will really make a difference two days or two weeks from now.

Answer the request for your restaurant recommendations? Urgent. Spend quality time with your kids or grandkids? Important.

Here’s what you do. On a piece of paper or on your computer, draw two short lines followed to by long lines like this: (Free download below)

Write your tasks to be completed on the long lines. Then, on the first short line rate the importance of the task, either “A” or “B.” For me, exercise, meeting client deadlines, helping leaders grow, staying connected to God, writing my blog and spending time with family—those always receive an “A.” Doing my laundry, watching a show that I have recorded, cleaning out the garage, trying a new recipe—those are going to receive a “B” when it comes to importance.

Now prioritize all of you’re A’s. Just the A’s, don’t worry about the B’s yet. For me, connecting with God, and keeping commitments to family are rated higher than exercise or writing my blog (but all are A’s so they are all important).

Now do the same thing for your B list, prioritize those items.

THE BOTTOM LINE: In the past, if you completed a bunch of B list items, you were “busy” all day but you still felt lousy. Why? Because your time ran out before you accomplished the harder yet most important thing you could have worked on. So start with A1! Even if you only finish part of it, the rest of the day you’ll feel great about your effort. Go for it.

Again, I’ve created a helpful pdf that you can download here.

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The Debt of Dreams

By Leadership and Management / Turning Adversity to Advantage

Sometimes dreaming must die to make way for dreams to come true. Paraphrasing from Jessica Abel’s article, “Imagining Your Future Projects Is Holding You Back”, Hugh posted these comments to accompany his piece above…

  • Idea Debt is when you spend too much time picturing what a project is going to be like, too much time thinking about how awesome it will be to have this thing done and in the world, too much time imagining how cool you will look, how in demand you’ll be, how much money you’ll make. And way too little time actually making the darn thing.”

Leadership might have a vision of the upside, but without the counterbalance of managing execution, nothing will be achieved. Sometimes finding the balance is driving more execution, but sometimes it is dreaming less.


How to Matter: The 5 Key Ways Companies Win

By Peter Sheahan and Julie Williamson

IN TODAY’S ECONOMY of volatility and velocity, the lifespan of a Fortune 500 company has plummeted from an average 50 years to a mere fifteen. When constant disruption is the new normal, how do companies succeed? They find a way to matter.

When we looked at thirty-plus case studies of successful companies, we found that they all share an audacious approach to disruption. Large to small, in fields from construction to tech to health care, they win hearts, minds and wallets by innovating ways to stay the obvious choice in the market. Here are five key ways that winning companies stay on top:

1. Embrace disruption. Great companies recognize disruption and face it. They don’t try to stick to business as usual. They see disruption as an opportunity to adapt and grow, staying the obvious choice in the changing marketplace.

Case in point: Burberry. When threatened by faster, cheaper online competitors, the legendary retail company confronted this digital disruption head-on. CEO Angela Arendt and her team created digital and omni-channel shopping experiences to stay relevant. By adding digital without compromising the quality of the 160-year-old brand, Burberry regained market superiority in the new retail economy.

2. Offer more value. By solving challenges their costumers, employees and stakeholders face, companies become the ones that matter. They offer value by identifying an authentic need and meeting it.

Case in point: Blueshore Financial. This former working-class credit union in British Columbia seized an opportunity that bigger banks missed: unique customer experience. Financial “spas” with personalized, concierge service and expert advice transformed Blueshore into the bank of choice for affluent clients. In 2014, it had more than twice the administration assets of its closest competitors.

3. Seek out the right partners. Smart companies create strategic partnerships to help mitigate the volatility and velocity that disrupt the marketplace.

Case in point: DeBeers. New Russian mines began producing a bumper crop of diamonds that threatened to flood the market. DeBeers worked out a partnership to become their sole distributor, and control supply. The legacy firm continues to innovate and form key partnerships to sustain the health of the marketplace.

4. Care about more than profits. Successful organizations embrace a broad perspective when tackling challenges and align company values with strategic initiatives to improve lives.

Case in point: Unilever. When the soap giant wanted to cross into nonwestern markets, it identified a cultural gap and a serious social need. Washing hands was not a habit, and children’s rates of fatal infections and diarrhea were high as a result. Unilever partnered with Red Cross and UNICEF hygiene initiatives including a grassroots, mother-to-mother campaign. The soap giant was instrumental in a marked improvement in children’s health.

5. Identify future needs. Disruption in the tech market is relentless. Without constant innovation, one-time market giants quickly find themselves irrelevant. Winning companies take a long view and use disruption to pinpoint the needs of the future.

Case in point: Adobe. Countless rivals and the emergence of the Cloud diminished Adobe’s primacy in design software and products. It bypassed its original customer base (art directors and designers), and retooled as a strategic partner to marketing executives. Adobe reshaped the market by offering design services, social media help, and subscriptions in an all-in-one creative, cloud-based solution.

Companies that boldly embrace the disturbances that threaten to derail them are the ones that prevail, as we found out. And their success is far less about products, and far more about value. These are the firms that raise the bar.

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