May 13, 2014

 

Interview with Russ Edelman, co-author of the book Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office: Eight Strategies for Winning in Business Without Being a Jerk

 

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Mike Carruthers:
If you want to be successful you can't be too nice - that's the common advice in life and in business. And yet…

 

Russ Edelman:
We did a whole lot of surveying (we surveyed three hundred and fifty professionals) and out of that surveying, sixty-one percent of the people came back and said they believe that they are too nice in business.
 


Russ Edelman


May 12, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Meg Meeker, author of the book Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

 

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Mike Carruthers:
For mothers raising a son is different than raising a daughter.

 

Dr. Meg Meeker:
During the first 10 years boys need a lot of security to come from their mothers - they need a lot of time, they need affection, they need bonding.
 


Dr. Meg Meeker


May 9, 2014

 

Interview with Daniel Levitin, author of the book The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature

 

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Mike Carruthers:
As much as you may find music enjoyable it also appears to be necessary. For instance…

 

Daniel J. Levitin:
All mothers instinctively sing to their children. We don't know of any civilization now or at any point in history where mothers did not sing to their infants.

 


Daniel Levitin

 


May 8, 2014

 

Interview with Aaron Foss Founder of Nomorobo
www.nomorobo.com

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Something like 20% of all telephone calls made in the USA today are those annoying robo-calls where a machine talks to you rather than a person.

 

Aaron Foss:
This is actually the number 1 problem that the FDC deals with on a daily basis. They get over 200 thousand complaints every single month about these robo-calls and telemarketers.
 


Aaron Foss


May 7, 2014

 

Interview with Thalma Lobel, author of the book Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence

 

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Mike Carruthers:
It’s fascinating how the environment can influence your thoughts and behavior. For instance just the presence of a light bulb in the room.

 

Thalma Lobel:
Studies show that people who saw a light bulb while they were taking a creative test solved them better; they were more creative just by seeing a picture or a real light bulb in front of them.

 


Professor Thalma Lobel


May 6, 2014

 

Interview with Thalma Lobel, author of the book Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Your senses have an interesting impact on your own thoughts and behaviors. For instance your sense of smell…

 

Thalma Lobel:
When you smell something really, really gross you tend to be harsher in your moral judgment.

 


Professor Thalma Lobel


May 5, 2014

 

Interview with Alfie Kohn, author of the book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Parents today are often accused of being too permissive and over-protective.

 

Alfie Kohn:
That’s what they were saying in 1911, it’s what they were saying in 1952, it always seems to be getting worse. And worse is almost always defined in terms of kids getting away with too much and parents letting them.
 


Alfie Kohn


May 2, 2014

 

Interview with Tom Vanderbilt, author of the book Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Everyone has their own theories on driving, like what's the optimum highway speed. Well there are actually people who study this and the fact is…

 

Tom Vanderbilt:
As a system the highway works best at sixty miles per hour - it handles the most cars per hour as a system. For the individual, the individual would probably prefer to go seventy-five miles per hour but if the whole highway were going seventy-five it would actually be handling less traffic.
 


Tom Vanderbilt


May 1, 2014

 

Interview with Ryan Holiday, author of the book The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Funny thing about adversity and tough times.

 

Ryan Holiday:
When we look back in our lives we all see things that we thought were terrible at the time that we thought were going to be huge setbacks. But we know sort of in retrospect that they were good, that we grew from them that we benefited from them.
 


Ryan Holiday


April 30, 2014

 

Interview with Dr. Judith Orloff, author of the book The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life

 

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Mike Carruthers:
A great way to improve any relationship is to be the one who is willing to stop an argument.

 

Dr. Judith Orloff:
Just surrendering the need to be right with your spouse or partner can be so healthy for a relationship. I’ve seen so many relationships get into big trouble if nobody will give in. 
 


Dr. Judith Orloff


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