Category Archives: New Skills

Science of Persuasion


Robert Cialdini and Steve Martin have just created a highly engaging and informative video of the proven “factors that influence us to say yes to the requests of others.” This 12 minute video, which is full of examples, is provided … Continue reading

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The Phone Stack


Our always connected, social media lifestyle is full of odd quirks. One of them occurs when we’re out dinning with family or friends. Even though we are with people, being social, there’s the itch to check our mobile devices. It’s … Continue reading

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Introverts


Hello, my name is Jim and I’m an introvert. If you know me or ever met me, I doubt you would suspect that I am really an introvert. I’m outgoing. I like people. I like to socialize. I like to … Continue reading

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A Technique for Decision Making


It’s easy to get wrapped up in the decision making process when there isn’t a clear cut choice or there isn’t enough information to know which option is the most appropriate. A common way to cut through the clutter of … Continue reading

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Make It Fly!


Another Wednesday! To inspire you to do amazing things with the rest of the work week, I offer these two videos of perseverance and ingenuity that result in amazing flying machines. Radio controlled aircraft, especially helicopters, have always fascinated me. … Continue reading

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Pixar and Plussing


In improvisational theatre, one of the cardinal principles is that you “accept every offer.” What this means in practice for improv performers is that they simply go with the situation they are given and work with it. Imagine if Mina … Continue reading

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Deep Fried Turkey: William Shatner


Wednesdays – the dreaded hump day. On Wednesdays, to get us through the middle of the week, I plan to provide a post that is funny and entertaining. To kick things off, I present this video of William Shatner (who … Continue reading

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Do or Do Not


Often, when we start an new project or decide to learn something new, we set our goal to be perfect. While it can be useful to set high standards and to be ambitious, there are times when the goal of … Continue reading

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Future Jobs


The nature of work is changing and the types of jobs are changing, too. In a recent post on his blog, Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, listed 55 jobs of the future. Here are some that appeal … Continue reading

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How Do You Tie Your Shoes?


Chances are when you were taught how to tie your shoes, you were taught the common bow knot. The bow knot is perfectly acceptable; it’s easy to tie and works well in most situations. However, the version that most of … Continue reading

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