Productivity

Being a Leader Is Overrated: Find Your Unique Superpower

Being a Leader Is Overrated: Find Your Unique Superpower

Having interviewed hundreds of candidates, I heard similar patterns when it came to career goals. Many people talked about wanting to be leaders or managers when talking about future aspirations, yet when asked why the answers were pretty disappointing. Most people responded with a general […]

Real Leaders Hate Managing People

Real Leaders Hate Managing People

Hearing the word “leader”, what first comes to mind is often “managers”. But what about Martin Luther King and Mother Theresa? They were great leaders though they weren’t managers. Both won the respect of millions, both started important social movements, and both are remembered as […]

How Clutter Drains Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

How Clutter Drains Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

You’re sitting on the subway or bus, trying to read something. It could be related to a work project or it could even be for pleasure. A person comes and sits down next to you. They’re in the middle of a loud personal conversation about […]

High Achievers Are the Ones Who Make the Most Mistakes

High Achievers Are the Ones Who Make the Most Mistakes

The impact mistakes have had on most people’s lives is tremendous. At school, you were taught to answer questions with model answers. At home, you were taught to be disciplined, have good manners and follow social etiquette. And at work, you’ve become accustomed to a constant […]

Stop Being Mediocre Because of Picking the Wrong Battlefield

Stop Being Mediocre Because of Picking the Wrong Battlefield

I believe many of us, either consciously or subconsciously believe that life is a quest for self-improvement, a quest that only ends in death. This is a popular notion, after all, consider the abundance and popularity of self-help books and sites.The focus on improvement is […]

How Jotting Down Ideas in 30 Seconds Boosts Creativity

How Jotting Down Ideas in 30 Seconds Boosts Creativity

An adult has an average of 50,000 thoughts every day. Now try to recall 100 of those thoughts from earlier today. Pretty hard, right? It’s normal to forget most of them as our brains have to filter out unnecessary information so that we don’t go insane. [1] The […]

A Declutter Formula to Help You Throw Stuff Away Without Regret

A Declutter Formula to Help You Throw Stuff Away Without Regret

In the average American home, there are over 300,000 items.[1] That’s true even though 1 in 10 Americans (and rising) rent offsite storage[4] and even though the size of the American house has tripled in the past 50 years.[2] Do some math too: the average […]

Why Work Life Balance Is a Curse

Why Work Life Balance Is a Curse

Kate is a hardworking manager working at a startup company.  She toils at work but gets that nagging feeling that she’s missing out on living her life. And then perversely, when she’s not working, she tries to switch off ‘work-mode’ to enjoy her passions, friends, family… […]

How Not to Give a Boring Presentation

How Not to Give a Boring Presentation

The usual approach when preparing a presentation is putting the points into slides. But the best presentations do not seek to merely inform. They make a lasting mark. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech inspired a nation to reconsider their assumptions around […]

Why We Keep Doing Things That Are Bad for Us

Why We Keep Doing Things That Are Bad for Us

As you’re reading this, you may be checking your phone or social media, slouching in your chair, or snacking without thinking. Perhaps you’re reading this right before bedtime even though you know that the light from your electronics can negatively impact your sleep pattern.[1] We […]