Category Archives: General

Should you help your kids with their homework?


How much do you do for your kids? As dad to a teen and a tween, it still surprises me how they seem to take more time as they get older, not less, and particularly with homework. For example, the seemingly … Continue reading

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What’s the one goal to achieve for a better 2016?


How did you start the year? Maybe you bounded into 2016 full of hopes and dreams. Maybe you stumbled into it full of cynicism and sarcasm.

We want to talk about making little changes. Actually just one small change to lead to greater changes, for a better 2016. Continue reading

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How we fool ourselves out of keeping New Year’s resolutions


It’s week 2, 2016. Have you broken any of your New Year’s Resolutions yet? We focus here on a mental quirk we have that can help, or hinder, our plans this year. Continue reading

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Six words you hate hearing at work


“I have some feedback for you.” Most people react viscerally when someone says that to us because we fear we’re about to be skewered and spit roasted over the scorching fire of personal appraisal. It doesn’t have to be like that… Continue reading

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Is your brainstorming costing you money?


I’m sure you’ve seen it when the team is called to brainstorm. You’re supposed to suggest brilliantly clever ideas in enormous quantities.
Except it doesn’t really work that well. Does it? Continue reading

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Want an effective nap? Start with a coffee.


Ever fallen asleep at work?  Even just a quick little nod off before you snapped awake. Maybe, as I have, you’ve dropped off in a meeting, woken, and hoped your colleagues thought you were just concentrating… If this is you, … Continue reading

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Could you beat Bolt if you practiced for 10,000 hours?


I cheated on my spelling tests. We got lists from school, and I flat out lied to my parents that I’d done them. Could I have used 10,000 hours practice? Continue reading

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Women, men and why women are more empathic when stressed.


  What are you like when stressed? Moody and sullen? Outgoing and distracted? Withdrawn and isolating? Plate-throwing and shouldn’t be let near sharp objects? It might be absurdly self-evident to suggest that you respond to stress differently from other people. … Continue reading

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What 12 years a slave teaches about our minds


12 years a Slave won this year’s Best Picture Oscar. You may not have seen it, but the psychology of it will be familiar, because we all do it. Continue reading

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No one likes a liar. So why teach our kids to tell lies?


Ever noticed that we simultaneously disapprove and approve of our children telling lies? Actually, it’s worse. Ever noticed you punish your children for lying, and coach them in how to lie? Continue reading

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