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Ikigai and the importance of being curious

Curiosity starts at a young age

What gets you up in the morning? Recently I wrote to email subscribers with a story about discovering my number one personal value thanks to a probing question from a friend and a sharp retort of realism from my wife. I got a lot of responses and feedback. Everyone asks themselves this same question. The …

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Power skills for the future of work

Thinking like robots

Today I spent the morning on a video call with my website design team in New Delhi. Then I had my daily stand-up with my operations manager in Amsterdam to design work processes and problem-solve for the week ahead. Later I had Slack conversations with my virtual assistants spread out across Bangladesh and my animator …

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Seven essays to improve your thinking in 2020

Every year I save dozens of articles for offline reading in Instapaper. This year I did a review of them for the first time. The best ones are timeless essays from independent online writers that helped me improve my thinking. Here are my top seven to help you decide what to read in 2020 to …

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How to apply film techniques to video learning

Apply film school techniques to video learning

In 2018 I delivered a presentation at DevLearn in Las Vegas. My topic was how to apply film school techniques to video learning. We had an amazing discussion in the room, leaving me with two takeaways – (1) 60 minutes is not enough to cover a topic like this! And (2) so many creative learning …

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8 principles for managing cognitive load

8 principles for managing cognitive load

Have you ever wondered how your brain is processing all the information that gets thrown at it every day? How do we actually learn anything in this age of information overload? To design effective training we must understand first how the human brain processes information. This post covers 8 principles for managing cognitive load when …

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How to really get to know your parents

Parents

Have you ever wanted to know who your parents really were growing up? What stories do they have? What experiences did they enjoy? What memories stuck with them?  I set out to do just this.  Earlier this year I saw this tweet from Paul Graham: Something I wish I’d done while my mother was still …

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My top 3 takeaways from Degreed LENS 2019

I was in Austin recently for the Degreed LENS conference. It’s now officially the only learning conference I go to every year, for two reasons: 1)  It’s small (i.e. intimate). 2)  It attracts outstanding learning leaders.  Because of this, the quality of conversation is beyond anything you can find at any of the bigger conferences.  …

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Training is the highest leverage thing you can do

Reading Andy Grove’s book High Output Management (great summary here), I came across some excellent thoughts on training, and especially his point that training is one of the highest leverage activities a manager can perform.  Leverage, of course, is the idea that the value of your actions can be multiplied thousands of times over. For …

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How to channel your energy for positive outcomes

I waited nervously as we went around the room to introduce ourselves. We were sitting around a large conference table. A room full of founders, CEOs, entrepreneurs. High achievers. I don’t know why I was nervous. I am the founder of two companies. I fit in here. But it got worse as my turn got …

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5 Things we can learn from cricket

What happened next made no sense. It was Test match 3 of 5 in a series that decides the oldest rivalry in cricket, England vs Australia. England were 0-1 down. Defeat would make it 0-2, with two to play. Needing to win the series outright to win the trophy back from the Australians, they could …

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