I believe…

Oct 12, 12 I believe…

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Yesterday, at the end of one of my workshops, I asked participants what is the thought, insight or idea they are taking with them from the day’s experience. I have heard some emotional things over time when asking this question, but this time one person in the room really blew me away and brought tears to my eyes. She said: “Today I was reminded about the incredible power of Good”. This was one of the most powerful reminders of why I do the things I do every day – to bring out the power of Good in people. It reminded me of some other fundamental things I believe in and which lay the foundation for the way I choose to live my life. Perhaps they might inspire you in living yours. I believe in the power of Good. I believe there is light in every single one of us, even though we let ourselves lose it among layers and layers of fears, anger, disappointment, self-constraings and limiting beliefs. Sometimes people need to be reminded about this hidden inner light. I believe in the power of smiling, in the amazing force of kindness, in the magic of compassion and presence. I believe in rainbows and playfulness. Perhaps if we lived as if life were a playground and we were children playing, we’d be just a little bit happier and brighter. I believe none of us are too grown up, nor are any of our jobs too important to ever justify taking ourselves too seriously. I believe in freedom. Freedom to be ourselves. Freedom to make our own choices, even though they might not please everyone around us. I believe we are all masters of our own destinies and we should have the wisdom to let others be the masters of theirs. I believe in honesty. Towards ourselves and others. Even when it’s hard. Even when it doesn’t make us look good. I believe in authenticity. We are all unique. We all have our dark side,...

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Dan Ariely on Irrationality in the Workplace

Listen to this talk by Dan Ariely, a great behavioral economist  and one of my favorite authors, speaking about the many ways in which we are irrational –  he uses classic visual illusions and his own counter intuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions. Also, you can watch here a recent interview for McKinsey Quarterly, where he talks about conflicts of interest, power and irrationality and how we use (or misuse) our intuition when we make decisions. His whole research is a powerful argument for embracing our own irrationality and having it work with us, instead of against us. Enjoy and I look forward to your thoughts on it in the “comments” section! [youtube...

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