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Making Better Decisions with Square Method

We make many decisions everyday, most of them unconscious. You just decided which path you should take to work, what to eat, when to drink coffee etc. These simple decisions often define our habits, they rule our quality of life. There are also very important decisions like what to work on, who to marry or how to invest. These bigger decisions define the future context more than smaller decisions. After I started using a framework, especially after writing it down, quality of my decisions improved while unnecessary stress mostly disappeared. Square method is a 4

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A Simple Trick to Boost your Confidence

Imagine a fight between two gorillas: they stand up, drum on their chest and try to take as much space a possible to impress their opponent. In some ways we are not much different to them. Those who appear confident take up space with their bodies and gestures. There’s been lots of interesting research on how our posture is impacting our feelings of power, confidence and assertiveness. Maybe you have heard about power posing? Social Psychologist and lecturer at Harvard Business School, Amy Cuddy has conducted interesting research on the impact of power posing. And

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Stress as a fuel to reach your goals

Stress has a hugely bad reputation. Headlines scream at you that stress is the origin of the 20th (or 21st) century health epidemic. There’s countless lists of steps on how to fight or avoid stress. You can learn in stress management courses about ways to deal with it or go to the spa to wind down. What if I told you that there is a different way to think about stress? What if there was a possibility to change its impact from negative to positive? If you would like to see it for yourself try

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How to find your first users & customers?

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney Now your product is ready and you tested and improved it to a good enough level. The next challenge is to find first users and customers. People tend to slow down at this stage because of 2 main reasons, they freak out with the idea of sharing their product, fear rejection they have no clue how to do it or lack options Both of these reasons are connected from the root. Let’s look at why these reasons don’t matter and how you can proceed

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How to get limiting beliefs out of your way

A few years ago, I think it was 2017, I listened to the TED radio hour by NPR which featured Carol Dweck, a Professor at Stanford University which stuck with me and profoundly changed my view on my and others’ ability to grow beyond ourselves. In the podcast, Carol Dweck talked about the “power of yet” – and how the words we choose to talk to children about their abilities and progress have a big impact on how they see their own potential. She told a story about a school where kids would receive a

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Art of Anchoring

Human perception and brain works on comparison. When we are given a set of information, everything after are defined around that information. When Nike has a premium collaborative shoe with an NBA star and they discount it 100$ to 199$, you are excited to get them. On the other hand there are many shoes in the same store you would think 100$ is a high price.  This is a great anchoring example. Not just pricing though, anchoring is huge all over our lives. Think of a deadline you are given, from that point on all

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Some things never change: Creation of great teams

Recently I found one of my workshop presentations I was running roughly 5 years ago. I conducted the workshop with some junior managers, who were supposed to delegate and lead a small team for the first time. We would kick off watching this video to show how others do “effective management” and then started thinking how we would do it differently. If you want to see the example video just have a look here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kg5cdZ-Fnpc Running through the presentation now, 5 years later, I have to say some things never change. And what has been

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Get closer to “YES!” – How to break up with your sunk cost fallacy bias

We all know Jessica, who – despite it being 1000% clear that she should break up with her partner – is still holding on to the idea that the relationship might turn to the better. She invested 2 years of her life to get close to that partner – and continues to invest time, emotional and physical energy instead of letting go.  The same happens with Tom and his financial investments into the company of his friend. He’s been helping out hoping for his friend’s to succeed. However, it actually became clear after 3 months

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Procrastination is Helpful

A few days ago, while chatting with a contractor, that word came into conversation: Productivity.   He was telling me his new methods and apps to suck much more out of time and how to kill procrastination. Expecting I would clap and join the ‘hustle’ push.   Hard to blame him as I was in a similar mindset a few years ago: bullet points, pomodoro, this many minute cycles and endless apps to keep my shit together.  That all changed, here is my take.   Procrastination is helpful.  Downtime is helpful. How so?    Productivity

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A Kick In the Behind for Your Confirmation Bias

Hey there! How’s your day been so far? Today, I’d like to look at our natural bias to seek information that affirm and substantiate our beliefs and assumptions: the lovely confirmation bias.  At first sight, this bias might seem nice, warm and cuddly. It deceives us with the idea of what we know is true. It pretends to help us to understand what should be expected in certain situations or from certain people. Our brains love to feel safe like that because it means there is no (dangerous) surprises. However, this bias keeps us from

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