Posts Categorized: Psychology

Motivation: Helping Others

I came across an article on NYTimes.com that reminded me of something that I always knew, but rarely think about during business planning. The article was about how giving is the secret to getting ahead. The article talks about Adam Grant and his book:¬†Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success. The premise of the… Read more »

Don’t Enable Bad Behavior!

I know you think I’m talking about enabling others. I’m not. I’m talking about enabling yourself to engage in more behaviors that distract you from what you should be focusing on. I was reminded of this by an article from Lifehacker discussing the placement of a second monitor. It sounds like a harmless addition and… Read more »

Another Benefit of Eye Contact

Here’s a quick tip that I learned today that I think might be helpful if, like me, you have trouble remembering the names of people you’ve met just once. An article on Lifehacker suggested that a good way to remember someone’s name was to pair it with their eye color. The way this works is… Read more »

You’re Busy? Wasting Time Maybe…

It seems like I’ve been so insanely busy these days that I can never get enough done on a project that I’ve been working on. I blamed it on everything I had to do lately, until I was reminded by an article about procrastination on Lifehacker that there is a big difference between being busy… Read more »

5 Commandments of Management

After yesterday’s post, I spent some time thinking about the differences between the poor and the great managers that I have worked with in the past. From those reflections, I created a list of the essential traits of a great manager. They aren’t listed in some magical order, so don’t worry about where they are… Read more »

Don’t Be A Horrible Boss

I came across a great article on Inc. today by Geoffrey James. It listed¬†9 core beliefs of horrible bosses. I’m sharing this as a bit of a public service. Most of the core beliefs he list sound horrible to those managers who know how to manage well, but even they sometimes run afoul of a… Read more »

Bored? Good. Time to be Creative!

Do you remember when you were a kid sitting at home and you would tell your mom or dad that you were bored? Me, too. In my house, that would lead to me being given something tedious to clean. I quickly learned to find something to do to keep myself occupied. Often, that was reading,… Read more »

We Judge Books By Their Covers

I hate to break it to everyone. Despite what we’ve all been taught, we really do judge books by their covers. The way something is presented to us has a profound effect on the way that we perceive that item. That is what I was reminded by an article from Lifehacker entitled: “Why We Can’t… Read more »

It’s All About Trust

Trust is a very important thing in business. Without it, you can’t maintain a relationship with your customers. If your customers don’t trust you, they’ll just go elsewhere. It’s one thing to lose a customer based on price. Once they have enough money or believe the value in your product has returned, they’ll often come… Read more »

Are You Too Smart to Win?

We’ve all wondered how that stupid idea we saw years ago became a multimillion or multibillion dollar idea. Or how a startup populated by people with seemingly no business sense jumped to popularity. Is the problem that the world is just full of stupid people or that life isn’t fair? According to a guest post,… Read more »