Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

What Is Good - And Bad - Branding?

December 13, 2013


Interview with Bill Schley, author of the book Why Johnny Can't Brand: Rediscovering the lost art of the Big Idea




Mike Carruthers:
Everyone in business today is talking about branding; you've got to have a brand, what is a brand?


Bill Schley:
When people think of your name, you stand for something that's different than all of your competitors that people want.

Bill Schley

How Anger Can Sabotage Your Success

December 10, 2013


Interview with Deidre Combs, author of the book Worst Enemy, Best Teacher : How to Survive and Thrive with Opponents, Competitors, and the People Who Drive You Crazy




Mike Carruthers:
How often have you gotten yourself in trouble by reacting to something someone said or wrote without stepping back and really thinking about it before you respond?


Deidre Combs:
Here's one tip that I use: is to remember if I want to respond right away, I shouldn't.

Deidre Combs

Science Of Personal Change - Part 2

December 4, 2013


Interview with Art Markman, PhD, author of the book Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others




Mike Carruthers:
Changing any significant behavior like losing weight is hard - partly because we typically don’t have a plan.


Art Markman, PhD:
So if you don’t have a plan for how you’re going to change your behavior then invariably something comes up that’s going to get in your way. It could be a temptation like that wonderful ice cream setting itself in your path.

Art Markman PhD

Science Of Personal Change

December 3, 2013


Interview with Art Markman, PhD, author of the book Smart Change: Five Tools to Create New and Sustainable Habits in Yourself and Others




Mike Carruthers:
If you’ve ever tried to alter a habit or make some significant change in your life you know it can be difficult.


Secrets Of Personal Productivity

November 26, 2013


Interview with Donald Wetmore, author of the book The Productivity Handbook: New ways of leveraging your time, information, and communications




Mike Carruthers:
How productive you are depends in large part on how well you understand and use Parkinson's Law. 


Donald Wetmore:

 Which says, in part, that a project tends to expand with the time allocated for it. So, in other words if you only give yourself one thing to do today or tomorrow, it'll take you all day to do it.

Donald Wetmore

Accomplishing Goals

November 19, 2013


Interview with Shannon Cassidy, author of the book The 5 Degree Principle: How Small Changes Lead to Big Results




Mike Carruthers:
One way to make sure you’re productive and working towards your goals is to ask yourself…


Shannon Cassidy:
What must I get done today – and asking the question what must I get done today is a far better question than what do I have to do today or what should I do today.

Shannon Cassidy

Being Influential

November 11, 2013


Interview with Bob Burg, author of the book Adversaries into Allies: Win People Over Without Manipulation or Coercion




Mike Carruthers:
If you’re going to get people to do what you want, to buy what you sell you have to remember that…


Bob Burg:
All things being equal people will do business with, they’ll allow themselves to be influenced by, they’ll be open to the ideas of those people they know, like and trust.

Bob Burg

Dealing With Adversity

November 6, 2013


Interview with Dr. Norman Rosenthal, author of the book The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life's Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections




Mike Carruthers:
Adversity; tough times they happen to all of us.


Dr. Normal Rosenthal:
Adversity is a necessary part of life that it happens in 3 contexts; bad luck, bad judgment and when you voluntarily take on the adversity.

Dr. Norman Rosenthal

How Confident Are You?

November 4, 2013


Interview with Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PhD, author of the book Confidence: The Surprising Truth About How Much You Need - and How to Get it




Mike Carruthers:
Low self-esteem and lack of self-confidence are problems that get talked about a lot but the real problem may be just the opposite.


Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, PhD:
There are a lot more people in the over-confidence bracket or category than in the under-confidence bracket. Most people think that they are much better than average which is statistically impossible. 

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Negative Self-Talk

October 30, 2013


Interview with Shelley Carson, author of the book Almost Depressed: Is My (or My Loved One's) Unhappiness a Problem (The Almost Effect)




Mike Carruthers:
One reason people get gloomy and have trouble snapping out it is what they’re saying to themselves.


Shelley Carson:
We call this self-talk and people may be saying a number of negative things to themselves without really realizing that they’re doing it.


Shelley Carson, PhD

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