See youself

June 17, 2019

By Dan Rockwell via  Article

The Mirrors That Help You See Yourself

“Ego sees others but not itself. Egoless is a silly myth. Ego serves leaders well when self-interest drives service. But ego has a dark side.

You have an ego problem if:

  1. Fault-finding comes naturally, but affirmation is like choking on mosquitoes.
  2. Taking offense is an Olympic sport with you. Are you easily offended?
  3. You’re too busy or important for conversations.
  4. Correction from others offends you.
  5. You give explanations when someone corrects you.
  6. The problem is always ‘out there’.
  7. Giving advice is an exercise in recreation. It’s your attempt at getting people to be more like you.


Others are mirrors.

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung

The things that irritate you about others often reflect your own weaknesses. I see this in the clash of controlling people. Controlling people hate each other.


Ask yourself, ‘What might I learn about myself?’ when someone irritates me. Others help you see yourself. You won’t become self-aware by meditating under a tree. You see yourself when you brush against people. …

Helping others see themselves:

#1. Maintain emotional calm when bringing up sensitive issues.

#2. Explain how you learned to see yourself in others. Lead by example.

#3. Be curious.

  • Who irritates you?
  • How might you share some of their irritating qualities?
  • What advice would you give to that irritating other?
  • How might that advice apply to you?

You connect with others when you accept your own imperfections.”


The dumbing down of America

June 17, 2019

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or my grandchildren’s time — when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.

The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantative content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.”

– Carl Sagan  Source


Email’s pernicious effect

June 17, 2019

By Tim McMahon via   Article

Rules to reduce inefficiencies of email

Email is having an increasingly pernicious effect. Not only is it having a perceptible effect on productivity, it’s skewing what it is we focus on. The immediate increasingly crowds out the important.” — Noreena Hertz

“Email was not designed to be a collaboration tool, yet so many people use it that way. From managing projects to troubleshooting a problem, neverending email threads become inefficient, confusing, and bad for productivity. With many collaboration and project management products now available, email should never be the place you turn in order to stay on top of tasks and projects.

I thought I would shares some rules that can help you reduce the inefficiencies that email can cause.  Some “Organizational Rules” to Reduce E-mail Waste 

Rule 1 – Limit “CC’s” to only those that are ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. Make a rule that employees can choose to BLOCK all CC e-mails. 

Rule 2 – No more than two “cycles” back and forth between correspondents. If the issue is not resolved by that point, USE THE TELEPHONE! 

Rule 3 – No unnecessary forwarding of attachments; use a hyperlink instead. 

Rule 4 – Always include the POINT and URGENCY of the e-mail in both the subject line and the first few lines of the text. 

Rule 5 – Consider using the first few sentences of an e-mail as an ABSTRACT that summarizes the remainder of the communication. Below the abstract, add additional detail with the comment, “More detail follows…”. 

Rule 6 – KEEP IT BRIEF! No e-mail should be more than 20 lines in length (consider using a network filter to block any that are longer). 

Rule 7 – Start the subject line with “ACTION” whenever immediate action is required by the addressee. Actions should be identified at the beginning of the e-mail. 

Rule 8 – Try using the SUBJECT LINE to communicate the ENTIRE message, followed by “EOM” which stands for “End of Message”. 

Rule 9 – Limit the number of times during the day that you cleanup or respond to e-mails. Turn off the e-mail alarm, so YOU control when you deal with e-mail.”

“I was wrong”

June 17, 2019

By Seth Godin via  Article

“It’s difficult to get someone (a client, a boss, a voter, a partner) to say those three words. Difficult to say on our own behalf, too.

Which is why we so easily get stuck.

We get stuck defending what we already decided. Because it feels easier to defend than it does to be wrong.

In 1993, in my role as founder of an internet company, I rejected the idea of the world wide web. I saw Mosaic (and then Netscape) and decided it was stupid, a dead end, a technology not worthy of our tiny company’s time.

That decision cost me a billion dollars.

Within nine months, I saw what others were seeing. I saw the power of widespread connectivity and how it was more powerful than a centralized host.

It still wasn’t easy to say, ‘I was wrong.’

The alternative is, ‘based on new information, I can make a new decision.’

We can make a new decision on what’s happening to our environment, based on new data and new science. We can make a new decision on corporate governance or on a recent political referendum.

‘Why didn’t you tell me that it would lead to all these bad outcomes?’

Not wrong, simply underinformed.

The cost of a do-over is often less than the cost of sticking with a decision that was made in good faith, on insufficient information.

We don’t have to be wrong. But we regularly get a chance to make things more right.”


In the wrong

June 10, 2019

“A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words that he is wiser today than he was yesterday.”

– Alexander Pope



Be curious

June 10, 2019

“Be curious, not judgmental”

– Walt Whitman




June 10, 2019

By Angela Brown via  Article

Compound Interest

“With compound interest, you earn interest on the principal balance of your account and any interest already earned. In comparison, simple interest only earns interest on the principal balance.

Let’s look at an account with a balance of $100,000 earning 10% yearly and see what a difference compound interest can make. Year zero consists of the principal balance only. This chart assumes you don’t ever add any extra money to that initial $100,000. It also assumes a consistent interest rate the entire time. You can check your numbers on this compound interest rate calculator.

Simple Interest Compound Interest
Year 0 $100,000 $100,000
Year 1 $110,000 $110,000
Year 5 $150,000 $161,051
Year 10 $200,000 $259,374
Year 20 $300,000 $672,749

In the ‘Simple Interest’ column, you can see that each year, you earn 10% interest only on that initial $100,000 principal balance. In the ‘Compound Interest’ column, each year you earn 10% interest on the entire balance of the account—including any interest you’ve earned in previous years. …

How Compound Interest Can Hurt You

If you have a credit card, auto loan, student loan, or personal loan, the odds are that your interest rate compounds daily. The daily amount may seem minuscule, but it adds up quickly.

Let’s assume you have a credit card with a $5,000 balance and an interest rate of 19%. Your daily interest rate (19% divided by 365) is .00052. Multiply that number by your average daily balance (in this example $5,000), and you’ll see that you’re accruing an additional $2.60 in debt every day, even though you aren’t spending any more money.

Multiply that by the number of days in the billing cycle (30). Your total monthly interest accrued is $78. If you’re making minimum payments, and not making any additional purchases, it’s still going to take a long time to pay off your credit card. In this case, if you made a payment of $100 each month, it would take eight years to pay off that debt, and you’d pay a total of $9,985—nearly twice what you spent on the card!”