Remember 4 words and become a better listener.


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Book: Time to Think, Listening to ignite the human mind
Author: Nancy Kline

Becoming a better listener is probably one of the most impactful ways of becoming more effective in life (professionally, family, friends, relationships). Or as described by Stephen Covey: one of the ways to increase your circle of influence is to first seek to understand, then to be understood. Continue reading

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Stop checking your phone and emails constantly. It decreases your willpower.


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Concept: How self-control works
Book:
The Willpower Instinct
Author:
Kelly McGonigal
Category: Self Development
Rating of the concept: 9/10

Concept: How self-control works.
Our instincts do not help us to walk away from our temptations. Two different minds house in our heads: the mind that is tempted by short-term temptations (candy, television, checking email, surfing on the internet etc.) and the mind who wants something in the longer term (eating healthy, staying in shape by going to the gym, spending time with your family etc). We can all relate to the tremendous effort that is needed to let the long term mind win from the short term temptation. Continue reading

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Learn from the Wolf of Wall Street. How to match your important goals with the daily whirlwind? Use the 4 disciplines of execution.


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Concept: The 4 disciplines of execution.
Book: The 4 disciplines of execution.
Author: Sean Covey, Jim Huling, Chris McChesney
Category: Leadership & Self Development
Rating of the concept: 8/10

Concept: The 4 disciplines of execution.
In any organization there is always a struggle to match long term goals (strategies) with the urgent daily goals (whirlwind). What most MBA students learn is to put in place thorough strategies. However, as stated by renowned Ram Charan, 70% of all strategic failures are due to poor execution of leaders.
The 4 disciplines of execution helps you to put your strategy into practice, taking into account the urgency of the day. Continue reading

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Do you know when you’re misleading yourself? Learn how to get out of the box.


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Book: Leadership and Self-Deception.
Author: The Arbinger Institute
Category: Leadership & Self Development
Rating of the concept: 9/10

Concept: Getting out of the box.
Getting out of the box is about a very human way of reacting and thinking about other people. Even if you’re not into business, understanding the concept of getting out of the box will help you in many private and professional situations. Continue reading

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Be part of the new industrial revolution and become a Maker today.


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Concept: 3D printing creates millions of new business opportunities that can be started from your kitchen table.
Book: Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
Author: Chris Anderson
Category: Self Development & Entrepreneurship
Rating of the concept: 8/10

Concept: 3D printing creates millions of new business opportunities that can be started from your kitchen table.
Former editor at Nature, Science and The Economist, C. Anderson is known for his book The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business Is Selling Less of More. The book explains how niche markets suddenly became huge opportunities thanks to the Internet.
With The New Industrial Revolution, Anderson supports a new optimistic view on our future economy with the opportunities of 3D printing:

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Start managing yourself by answering 5 basic questions.


Concept: Managing yourself by answering 5 basic questions.
Book: HBR Must Reads-Managing Oneself
Author: Peter Drucker
Category: Self Development & Entrepreneurship
Rating of the concept: 8,5/10

Concept: the basic starting points of managing oneself.
Did you ever realize that people process information in a different way? Some of us process information by reading, others are only effective when they hear other people discuss. In one of his most famous Harvard Business Review articles ‘Managing Oneself’, Peter Drucker explains how these types of insights can fundamentally increase your effectiveness. The base comes down to 5 questions: Continue reading

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Make your story sticky using 6 principles (S.U.C.C.E.S).


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Concept: 6 principles of sticky stories.
Book: Made to stick
Author: Chip Heath & Dan Heath
Category: Self Development & Entrepreneurship
Rating of the concept: 8,5/10

Concept: 6 principles of sticky stories.
Apply this concept and you will change your way of communicating forever. The idea of the acronym S.U.C.C.E.S is an elaboration of Malcolm Gladwell’s concept of stickiness in his popular book ‘The Tipping Point’.
With S.U.C.C.E.S, Chip and Dan Heath refer with each letter to a characteristic that can help make an idea “sticky”: Continue reading

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