Something You Should Know about Human Behavior

Managing Your Boss

June 3, 2015


Interview with Katherine Crowley, co-author of the book Working for You Isn't Working for Me: The Ultimate Guide to Managing Your Boss




Mike Carruthers:
Just about everyone can find something wrong with their boss.


Katherine Crowley:
It’s not that bosses overall as personalities - as human beings are horrible people. It’s that many bosses have specific traits that drive people crazy.

Katherine Crowley


Success For Introverts

June 2, 2015


Interview with Nancy Ancowitz author of Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead




Mike Carruthers:
Introverts are an often misunderstood group. What’s an introvert?


Nancy Ancowitz:
An introvert gains her or his energy by being alone – by doing solo activities instead of more social activities. And we’re actually 50% of the population.

Nancy Ancowitz

Weird Ways We Influence Each Other

June 1, 2015


Interview with Nicholas Christakis, M.D., author of the book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives




Mike Carruthers:
How many real friends do you have?


Nicholas Christakis, M.D.:
The average number of friends Americans have is about 4 - 1/2 – that they feel socially close to, that they would spend free time with, that they would discuss personal problems with and so forth.

Nicolas Christakis, M.D.


Improve Your Relationship Today

May 28, 2015


Interview with Cloe Madanes, author of the book Relationship Breakthrough: How to Create Outstanding Relationships in Every Area of Your Life




Mike Carruthers:
In any relationship we all have the need for security and certainty.


Cloe Madanes:
One of the paradoxes of human life is that as soon as you have certainty you have the need for uncertainty, variety - you want some surprises.

Cloe Madanes


Doing What's Important - Part 2

May 27, 2015


Interview with Marshall Goldsmith, author of the book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be




Mike Carruthers:

Making a real change in your life is hard but not so you’d notice.


Marshall Goldsmith:

We are constantly barraged with this message of all I have to do is pay this money or read this book and all of a sudden life’s going to be just fine – not so simple.


Marshall Goldsmith

Doing What's Important

May 26, 2015


Interview with Marshall Goldsmith, author of the book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts--Becoming the Person You Want to Be




Mike Carruthers:
So you make plans to change or improve something about yourself and then something goes wrong.


Marshall Goldsmith:
There’s something I call the planner bias when we make plans we think the planner and the doer are the same people. The person planning to going on the diet is not that doer that is hungry and staring at the chocolate cake.


Marshall Goldsmith

Why You Should Be Nice

May 20, 2015


Interview with Linda Kaplan Thaler author of The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness




Mike Carruthers:
If you want to get ahead, is being nice a good thing or a bad thing?


Linda Kaplan Thaler:
You know, "nice" has been getting a bad rap. "Nice" is defined by people as someone who's milquetoast - you can step all over them. The fact of the matter is, it's probably the toughest four letter word you'll ever learn.


Linda Kaplan Thaler


Social And Performance Anxiety

May 19, 2015



Interview with Jonathan Berent author of Beyond Shyness: How to Conquer Social Anxieties



Mike Carruthers:
More people have social or performance anxiety than perhaps anyone realized. You know that fear of giving a presentation or the fear of looking foolish or nervous


Jonathan Berent:
And I’ve had countless people who have told me things like, “You know I’m thinking of getting into a car accident tomorrow on the way to work because I have to give a presentation and there’s no way I’m going to do it.”

Jonathan Berent


Keys To Productivity

May 18, 2015


Interview with Josh Davis, author of the book Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done




Mike Carruthers:
In order to be as productive as possible it’s important to recognize…


Josh Davis:
…that we’re not going to be at our peak all day long every minute and we don’t need to be. There’s a lot of stuff that doesn’t need our best mental energy.

Josh Davis

How You Perceive Risk - Part 2

May 15, 2015

Part 2 of Interview with David Ropeik, author of Risk!: A Practical Guide for Deciding What's Really Safe and What's Really Dangerous in the World Around You



Mike Carruthers:
Assessing what's truly risky in life isn't easy - and there's no simple equation either.


David Ropeik:
It's not this linear, statistical thing that the media likes to say, "We're too afraid of shark attack and not afraid enough of heart disease." Yeah that's true but it really doesn't work itself out in a kind of a mathematical sort of way.

David Ropeik


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