Category: Meaningful Management

Your emotions make you myopic

Part of what makes your mind brilliant is its ability to know what to ignore–what doesn’t matter. However, you’re going to be wrong quite often. Thankfully, most of the time it doesn’t matter. For example, you might trip while walking down a busy New York street and mistakenly think that at least a dozen people saw you trip and are…

Pedantry isn’t teaching

All too often I find books, courses, etc that go into great detail about a subject. Unfortunately it’s hard to learn when the author hasn’t taken the time to separate the wheat from the chaff. For example, far too many computer books are akin to a car manual. Thorough, but no emphasis on what matters. Teaching isn’t about covering every…

The Business of Dealing Drugs

A drug dealer doesn’t talk about how good cocaine is, they give out free lines. The latter makes a frequent flyer. That’s an analogy I used recently. I share it here only to show you that with a single blurb I can take your attention to drugs. All day long we have things that grab our attention. E-mails, phone calls,…

Curate your own aphorisms

I have quite the page of mindsets now, and it really didn’t take that long to create. When I observe general truths, especially surprising truths, I like to find a pithy way to summarize them. And then I promptly add them to my list. For example, “influence is affect” – if you want to influence someone, yourself included, impact how…

What Do People Assume About You?

Center of the universe bias doesn’t just affect you, it affects the people around you. Think a minute about what that means. What might people assume that you are aware of, that you aren’t? What impact might that have? How can you correct for that? For example, have you ever had someone confess out of the blue? This happens when…

Center of the universe bias

Center of the universe bias is the assumption that other people are always looking over your shoulder. If you see something, or do something, instantly every other human being is aware. And, judging you. For example, when you’re walking and you trip on the sidewalk. After which you scan the ground for the closest, hopefully excessive, crack. You curse at…

People do not see what you see

I was talking to a friend recently about an email she sent. She hadn’t received a response so she concluded that she had offended the recipient. I chuckled and asked her to imagine another explanation. Next up was something along the lines of “they didn’t respond because they’re not allowed to talk to me.” And, “they’re taking time to respond…

Imagination Quiesces Anxiety

Quite often the paltry concern that comes to mind is the exact opposite of what you should be worried about. For example, when you’re selling something and nobody is buying, ostensibly it seems that the price is too high. Otherwise, why aren’t people buying? But, what else might be the reason why your product isn’t selling? How about: – Maybe…

Word of mouth is not evidence

Read the following: On a TV show this morning they invited a person onto the show that accused a high ranking government official of saying egregious things to the widow of a recently fallen soldier. How do you feel about this? Do you think this is true? Now, read this: On “The View” this morning they invited a Democratic congresswoman…

Which side of the circle?

Sometimes changing a single word, in your repertoire, can change your entire perspective.  For example, instead of an emotionally laden word, pick a synonym that’s not.  Like unproductive instead of immoral.  In crafting a substitute, in this case, you have to think about what matters and not just shock appeal. For a while now I’ve taught myself to shudder when…