Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

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

When You Get The Blues

October 29, 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:
Even if you’re not suffering from true depression many of us get into a funk that is hard to break out of.


Shelley Carson:
Clinically this is called anhedonia or the loss of pleasure. It’s like you’re just getting through the day with little energy to spare for savoring life.

Shelley Carson, PhD

How Technology Controls Your Life

October 28, 2013


Interview with Anne Katherine, author of the book Boundaries in an Overconnected World: Setting Limits to Preserve Your Focus, Privacy, Relationships, and Sanity




Mike Carruthers:
Everyone knows you’re not supposed to talk or text on the phone while you’re driving so why does so many people still do it?


Anne Katherine:
We’ve been trained for many, many years to respond to a telephone ring. And so if a phone rings or a text bings while you’re in your car your hand will reach for that before your mind even engages.

Anne Katherine

How To Make Your Own Luck

October 21, 2013


Interview with Eileen Shapiro, author of the book Make Your Own Luck: 12 Practical Steps to Taking Smarter Risks in Business




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be lucky, you've got to make your own luck. 


Eileen Shapiro:
Arnold Palmer was asked whether he believed in luck and he said, "Sure, I find the more I practice the luckier I get."

Eileen C. Shapiro

How Shame Affects You

October 17, 2013


Interview with Dr. Harriet Lerner, author of the book The Dance of Fear: Rising Above Anxiety, Fear, and Shame to Be Your Best and Bravest Self




Mike Carruthers:
A very important emotion you don't hear people talk about much is shame. 


Harriet Lerner:
Which is the fear of being seen as essentially inadequate or flawed or not worthy.

Dr. Harriet Lerner

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