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Positive | hearts and minds

A ‘Thank You’ Goes a Long Way - Hearts and Minds #4

It’s your birthday, or Christmas. A day of pleasantries and presents. Uh oh. You rip open the wrapping paper only to find a pair of socks from your earnestly smiling relatives. This rouses an awkward feeling of disappointment and a… Read more
Positive | hearts and minds

Why We Don’t Do What We Know We Should Do And Why We Do What We Know We Shouldn’t - Hearts and Minds #3

“To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.” – Mark Twain “I can resist anything except temptation.” – Oscar Wilde Thinking of… Read more
Positive | data and measurement

Small Steps Towards Giant Leaps - Data and Measurement #1

So you’re in the pub and this guy to your right is telling you about his astronaut sister who flew to the moon and he’s uber-excited about it, showing real energy and enthusiasm, but he ends up stuttering and stalling… Read more

The Winner Who Doesn’t Think About Winning - Hearts and Minds #2

‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…’ – Rudyard Kipling Have you ever felt overburdened by a deadline, or a presentation, or the prospect of a job interview? In each case, you’re desperate to… Read more

Learning to Climb – Transitions #1

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” – David Foster Wallace You go to school. You do pretty well. You go to a capital ‘U’ University. You do pretty… Read more

Madelaine, Memory, and Maddening Bosses - How Your Brain Works #1

‘And suddenly the memory returns.’ – Marcel Proust, À la Recherché du Temps Perdu We can all remember that time a teacher chastised us, or a boss admonished us, or the first time your parent told you that eating the… Read more

Hearts and Minds Divided - Hearts and Minds #1

‘And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays’ – William Shakespeare Where are we? Nowadays. An interesting but undervalued word; not the first that strikes you in ole’ Bill’s lament. But, mind you, that… Read more