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Life (@ Work) is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get!
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Sure, but he's our bully

Sure, but he's our bully | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
There have always been bullies among us, and it's worth taking a moment to see how our culture has built a role for them to be useful heroes. Taught or not, bullying keeps showing up.
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"If you don't start, you can't fail"

"If you don't start, you can't fail" | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
It sounds ridiculous when you say it that way.
But of course, it is ridiculous. It's (quite possibly) the reason you're stalling.
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The ludicrousness of embarrassed

The ludicrousness of embarrassed | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
I understand why we may have evolved to have the automatic, out-of-control feeling of embarrassed in some situations.
But is it useful?
Has being embarrassed ever helped you accomplish anything useful?
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Seth's Blog: The confrontation waiting to happen

Seth's Blog: The confrontation waiting to happen | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
It's not between you and your boss, your critics, your editor, your competition, your spouse or some other outsider. The essential confrontation, of course, is with yourself. You are your own biggest critic.
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Every day is an investment

Every day is an investment | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
You're not lucky to have this job, they're lucky to have you.
Every day, you invest a little bit of yourself into your work, and one of the biggest choices available to you is where you'll be making that investment.
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Seth's Blog: The loneliness epidemic

Seth's Blog: The loneliness epidemic | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
The next time you feel lonely, disconnected or unappreciated, consider that unlike many other maladies, this one hits everyone.
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On feeling small

On feeling small | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
"To make us feel small in the right way is a function of art; men can only make us feel small in the wrong way." E. M.
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The worst feedback is indifference

The worst feedback is indifference | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
We armor ourselves against the cutting remark, the ad hominem attack, the person who just doesn't like our stuff.
But all of this is the feedback we get when we touch a nerve and are doing work that matters enough to care about.
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Those people

Those people | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
At a recent seminar, a woman who helps run a community college stood up to ask a question.
"Well, the bad news," she said, "is that we have to let everyone in.
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How to listen

How to listen | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Live interaction still matters. Teachers, meetings, presentations, one on one brainstorms--they can lead to real change. The listener has nearly as big a responsibility as the speaker does, though. 

 

And yet, Google reports four times as many matches for "how to speak" as "how to listen." It's not a passive act, not if you want to do it right.

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Seth's Blog: Which are you?

Seth's Blog: Which are you? | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
...competent, inspiring, passionate, obsessed, provocative, impatient, hungry, driven, adoring, inspired, an artist, a genius, someone who cares...?
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The easiest way to disagree with someone

The easiest way to disagree with someone | Life @ Work | Scoop.it

...is to assume that they are uninformed, and that once they know what you know, they will change their mind. (A marketing problem!)

 

The second easiest way to disagree is to assume that the other person is a dolt, a loon, a misguided zealot who refuses to see the truth. Their selfish desire to win interferes with their understanding of reality. (A political problem!)

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Millions of words and only six emotions

Millions of words and only six emotions | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
The intellectual part of the human mind can spin delightful or frightening stories, can compare features and benefits, can create narratives that compel us to take action.
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Going straight and taking on water--the boat is slowly sinking

Going straight and taking on water--the boat is slowly sinking | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
If that's your path, there are three options:
Work on keeping the boat going straight
Bail water ever faster
Find a new boat before it's too late
We call the first one persistence and diligence.
The second one—urgency.
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Does it happen for a reason?

Does it happen for a reason? | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Small children and dogs are certain that everything is aimed at, designed for, or in reaction to them. To quote Jim Holt, "Why does it rain in the spring? So the crops will grow!"
Of course, things that happen often happen for no reason.
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Conservation of energy in conversation

Conservation of energy in conversation | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
If you escalate (cut off in traffic, angry at the gate agent, frustrated at your boss), you've just added (negative) energy to a conversation.
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Urgent, please read asap

Urgent, please read asap | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
That's what gets done, of course. The urgent.
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Never enough

Never enough | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
There's never enough time to be as patient as we need to be. Not enough slack to focus on the long-term, too much urgency in the now to take the time and to plan ahead.
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You already have permission

You already have permission | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Just saying.
You have permission to create, to speak up, and stand up.
You have permission to be generous, to fail, and to be vulnerable.
You have permission to own your words, to matter and to help.
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Scarcity and abundance in the digital age

Scarcity and abundance in the digital age | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
Thankfully, for many people in the privileged world, food scarcity is an ancestral memory. We don't have to scrounge over lunch so we'll have something to eat for dinner.
Sandy reminded millions of people in the Northeast what scarcity felt like.
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A diet for your mind

A diet for your mind | Life @ Work | Scoop.it
It's Groundhog Day, which means that January is over. January, of course, is official diet book month, the time of year that formerly young, formerly thin people buy books in the hopes that by osmosis, they will magically become post-holiday skinny.

 

Now that this madness is over, perhaps it's time to invest in something you can change: the way you think. Here are a bunch of books, ebooks and recordings that can help with that: Diet books for the mind.

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