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Perfection: don’t let it be the enemy of good enough

Perfectionism is one of the biggest roadblocks to fast and effective decision-making because it operates on flawed all-or-nothing thinking. Perfect isn’t possible and when we try to wait on it, and achieve it, nothing gets done. You can never know everything or anticipate every eventuality. And trying to is paralyzing. So if you can’t achieve perfection, …

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Time: why we should spend more for it

Time poverty – the feeling of not having enough time – is at an all-time high. And this nagging feeling has a profound effect on happiness and productivity. Anxiety and depression go up. Physical health goes down due. Relationships suffer. But research shows that most of us have more discretionary time than ever before. If …

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Attitude: how to get it right and keep it right

Time poverty – the feeling of not having enough time – is at an all-time high. And this nagging feeling has a profound effect on happiness and productivity. Anxiety and depression go up. Physical health goes down due. Relationships suffer. But research shows that most of us have more discretionary time than ever before. If …

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Positivity and how to create it and keep it

Negativity cuts off the flow of trust and positive energy in our lives. It constricts our thinking. It saps enthusiasm. And this can have a paralyzing effect. We can never eliminate negativity, stress, and fear. But the way we can successfully overcome them is by making our positivity bigger than our negativity. The good news is …

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Arguments: how to avoid them and move on

In his 1936 work How to Win Friends and Influence People, now one of the bestselling books of all time, Dale Carnegie wrote: “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one way under high heaven to get the best of an argument — and that is to avoid it. Avoid it as you …

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Beware a culture of nice

Cultivating a “nice” culture can be a problem. While the reasons for pursuing a nice culture are genuine – civility, safety and inclusion – they often result in a lack of honest communication, intellectual bravery, and accountability. And these types of organizational dysfunctions can cause your best people to leave, slow down decision-making, and worst …

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How to manage your energy

The key to success at work and in life is not so much about managing time, but rather, managing energy. It isn’t just starting strong, it’s staying strong. To preserve energy and use it wisely – just as with any other valuable resource – you need a good amount of self-regulation and strategy to keep …

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