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The importance today of conscious competence

The importance today of conscious competence
There may be some real stars in your organisation (perhaps you are one of them) or maybe just people that are really good at what they do. If you ask them why they are so good though, they will typically tell you that they don’t know, that it’s just an instinct or that they’ve always been like that. The trouble with these natural talents is that the talent lives and dies with them. They don’t know what makes them so good, so they can’t pass it on.

Of course that may be exactly the thing that gives them a bit of a buzz: that specialness and indispensability.

The Law of Reciprocity

The Law of Reciprocity
Reciprocate: verb. To offer or give something in return (Oxford English dictionary)

Most humans have an innate desire to return a favour. We see it all the time in small ways: sending a Christmas card to someone who wasn’t on your list because you got one from them, following someone on Twitter because they followed you, liking someone’s picture because they commented or liked your post etc. Social psychologists call it The Law of Reciprocity and it is a powerful phenomenon.

Is your Facebook profile appealing or repellent to an employer?

Is your Facebook profile appealing or repellent to an employer?
By now we are probably all quite familiar with the statistics: 91% of employers use social media to assess candidates; 69% have rejected candidates based on what they’ve seen on Facebook, but 68% have hired candidates.

Why sleeping on the job can be a very good thing

Why sleeping on the job can be a very good thing
Almost everyone starts to feel a bit dozy between 1pm and 4pm and that is a perfectly normal part of being a human being. It has nothing to do with your lunch; it’s just a mini dip in your body’s natural rhythm.

So if it’s so natural why is taking a nap such a taboo? We’re also becoming more sleep deprived and working longer hours. Surely a nap would be a good thing? After all, there were some very famous and successful nappers: Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein to name but a few.

If you want to learn something new, focus on quantity not quality

If you want to learn something new, focus on quantity not quality
It takes 66 days for an action to become a habit, but you need to do it every day.

Our brains are much better at adjusting to small changes. Any big shift expectations scare us consciously and subconsciously: we avoid starting them then we feel disappointed with our progress when we finally do start. So the key is to be sneaky and repetitive.

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