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The key to collaboration: diversity of thought

The key to collaboration: diversity of thought

A company’s best resource is its reservoir of human minds, each with a different way of looking at the world. Understandably, this resource is often seen as an obstacle to progress. It would be far quicker and more efficient to run a company staffed with virtually...
Empathy in Leadership: Deep Listening for Better Connection

Empathy in Leadership: Deep Listening for Better Connection

One of the major keys to success is being willing to have conversations you don’t feel like having. Sometimes, only the process of putting your feelings on the line will let you get your point across. Of course, having a tough conversation isn’t a one-sided...
Long and winding roads:  Fostering non-linear creativity

Long and winding roads: Fostering non-linear creativity

It’s tempting to see creativity as steady progress towards a shared goal. Someone in the team sets the agenda, and all members converge on a solution in an orderly manner. But in reality, that’s not how creativity works. From the outside, a team may look like a...
Busting your biases: the secret to a more objective standpoint

Busting your biases: the secret to a more objective standpoint

The idea that we can obtain some kind of completely objective standpoint on life – the ‘View from Nowhere’, as it’s known – is wishful thinking.But seeing ourselves as powerless to resist the biases we already have is also wishful thinking. Biases of thought work a...
Bending your thoughts – Increasing your mind’s adaptability

Bending your thoughts – Increasing your mind’s adaptability

It feels good to be right. To know something with absolute certainty. To understand that what you know now will always be true, because this type of knowledge is timeless. When we can barrel through life entirely sure of our own rightness, we’re far more likely to do...