Joe McCormack

The BRIEF Lab - Just Saying

Podcast by Joe McCormack
The BRIEF Lab - Just Saying

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Podcast by Joe McCormack

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Episode 135 – Unified messaging that heals fracture and division

Mar 23, 2020 18:13

Description:

Focusing on what unites, not divides us isn’t just a political issue, but one that many leaders need to address.

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Episode 134 – Best of: Limiting your media consumption & the promise of prognosticators

Mar 21, 2020 29:34

Description:

As we all face such difficult times, it’s important for us to manage noise even more intentionally. To help you do this, we will now release a “Best of” episode every weekend. These special pairings will draw from the highlights of our previous episodes. Episodes referenced in this weekend’s podcast are: Episode 115: Noise filters: […]

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Episode 133 – Managing noise in a time of crisis

Mar 18, 2020 13:56

Description:

When a crisis heats up, it’s easy for information to get amplified into deafening noise. What are a few things to lower the volume? Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KvNt5NG-GM Podcast Episodes to go back to: Episode 49 – Saying no Episode 67 – Talking yourself through adversity Episode 71 – It’s a good time to say thanks Episode […]

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Episode 132 – That might be the wrong word

Mar 9, 2020 10:56

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Being clear sometimes means needing to be precise. Other times, it’s just like splitting hairs.

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Episode 131 – Storytelling as a valuable tool for teaching

Mar 2, 2020 13:13

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Most instruction is long, tedious and boring. Teachers drone on, students tune out. Crafting a story can create a spark that fires them up.

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Episode 130 – Creating momentum before a meeting

Feb 24, 2020 14:07

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If meetings are a source of noise, what can we do in advance to lower the volume and have better discussions and make faster decisions?

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Episode 129 – A semi-silent retreat debrief

Feb 17, 2020 12:57

Description:

Lessons learned from my team after taking time away for a brief offsite.

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Episode 128 – Giving into message fatigue

Feb 13, 2020 11:00

Description:

The role of every leader is to tirelessly communicate key messages clearly, concisely and consistently over time. Learn how to keep it fresh.

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Episode 127 – Voicing a frustration

Feb 3, 2020 14:04

Description:

There are serious risks if we don’t manage these critical moments well – and some enticing rewards if we do.

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Episode 126 – NOISE Filter: Our 1st and last thought of the day

Jan 27, 2020 12:43

Description:

Preparing what we think at the start and end our day not only serves as a powerful bookends to manage the noise but also sets the tone for us to be more intentional.

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Call Back Episode – Quiet time

Jan 20, 2020 13:23

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Call back episode #17 recorded October 27, 2017 In a world that’s always on, we feel drained. Ironically, we need to unplug to recharge. Finding critical moments for quiet in our day will help us gain peace, perspective and rest from the noise.

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Call Back Episode – Tune into AM 101

Jan 13, 2020 15:11

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Call back episode #54 recorded Aug 27, 2018 Learn the basics of awareness management, a vital skill to direct the most precious commodity we have: our attention.

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Call Back Episode – Tune into FM 101

Jan 6, 2020 14:13

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Call back episode #52 recorded Aug 13, 2018 Learn to get others around you to dial in quickly with a few basics of focus management (FM), an important skill set in our daily lives.

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Episode 122 – Be my guest: Microsoft’s Jim Lee with Charley Thornton

Dec 30, 2019 18:44

Description:

Microsoft executive Jim Lee shares his perspectives on managing the noise by being more disciplined, intentional and positive.

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Episode 121 – You need a nap, not another app

Dec 23, 2019 12:33

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Episode 120 – Putting up with old people’s stories (ok, boomer!)

Dec 16, 2019 13:30

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Sharing stories is a powerful way to connect generations and ensure important lessons learned are told and retold.

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Episode 119 – Managing tough (and great) conversations

Dec 9, 2019 12:09

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It’s part of our lives to critique and criticize, and also to compliment and acknowledge. Learn how these are two sides of the same coin.

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Call Back Episode – Focus, people!

Dec 2, 2019 15:48

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Call back episode #31 recorded May 13, 2018 With way too much competing for our attention, we need to start focusing on our focus. It’s time to invest in awareness management.

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Call Back Episode – It’s a good time to say thanks

Nov 25, 2019 10:41

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Call back episode #71 recorded January 07, 2019 Gratitude is the engine that drives people forward when everyone else gets stuck spinning their wheels.

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Call Back Episode – Why do AAR’s frequently fail?

Nov 18, 2019 14:04

Description:

Call back episode #68 recorded Dec 10, 2018 After-action reviews (AARs) are feedback sessions meant for groups to make important adjustments and improvements after meetings, training or missions. They are often a waste of time and need to be fixed. Links: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After-action_review

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Episode 115 – Noise filters: media consumption

Nov 11, 2019 14:34

Description:

In a 24-hour news cycle, endless opinions parade as facts and useless chatter masquerades as meaningful updates. How can we find some filters to lower some of that noise?

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Episode 114 – Talk-to-talk temptation

Nov 4, 2019 14:05

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Filling the void just adds to the volume. Resist the urge, once and for all.

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Episode 113 – Recommended Reading: The flood is coming

Oct 28, 2019 12:20

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Introducing a new periodic podcast installment: building your reading list. These suggestions focus on a deadly hurricane and the battery of options. Links: “Isaac’s Storm”: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=issacs+storm+erik+larson&crid=3R0GUB58YSWKZ&sprefix=issac%2Caps%2C154&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_5   “The Paradox of Choice”: https://www.amazon.com/Paradox-Choice-More-Less-Revised/dp/0062449923/ref=sr_1_1?crid=18PG62T9LQQLL&keywords=paradox+of+choice&qid=1571947305&sprefix=paradox%2Caps%2C150&sr=8-1

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Episode 112 – Does that resonate with you?

Oct 21, 2019 12:04

Description:

A law of physics provides us with a insightful way to know how and why tone matters.

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Episode 111 – The basics of trimming

Oct 14, 2019 10:30

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Lean communicators know how and where to cut the fat. This short podcast provides the tools to remove what’s irrelevant.

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Episode 110 – Interviews to transition to your next reality

Oct 7, 2019 14:17

Description:

Moving from one profession to a completely different one can be daunting. Learn how telling others about yourself (not selling them) makes it smoother.   Links: Episode 1 – Job interviews: no time for an interrogation

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Episode 109 – Is multitasking a mistake or management skill?

Sep 30, 2019 11:30

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Is a divided mind a distinct advantage or a recipe for disaster? Our personal and professional experiences may confirm a certain bias. Links: https://www.apa.org/research/action/multitask https://appliedpsychologydegree.usc.edu/blog/to-multitask-or-not-to-multitask/

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Episode 108 – Present listening and preaching to the choir

Sep 23, 2019 9:53

Description:

Leading a group of military chaplains through a listening exercise felt like I was preaching to the choir, yet it was music to their ears.

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Episode 107 – The connection between comedy and clarity

Sep 16, 2019 15:18

Description:

There’s a strong bond between what’s funny and what’s clear. Take a closer look at two distinct crafts that share a lot in common. Links: Bill Burr – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWuFQGrWda8 Jim Gaffigan – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTS0hvWDW8 Abbott and Costello – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg

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Episode 106 – Providing senior leaders communication counsel

Sep 9, 2019 13:25

Description:

Most leaders communicate confidently yet aren’t clear or concise. How can you step up and help them when they don’t think they need it?

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Episode 105 – Quiet Time: the sweetest sounds

Sep 2, 2019 15:00

Description:

If you had some quiet time, what would be the sounds you’d hear other than silence? Strong listeners know how to savor the sweet sounds others seem to miss. Links: https://thebrieflab.com/noise/ Dumb and Dumber Mockingbird scene  

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Episode 104 – The rhythm of repetition

Aug 26, 2019 11:39

Description:

The simple practices of repeating a thought silently to yourself or out loud to others can help you avoid both mental and message fatigue. Links: https://thebrieflab.com/noise/  

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Episode 103 – Why 1-on-1’s are mutually painful

Aug 19, 2019 13:55

Description:

Those periodic updates can be a burden no matter what side of the desk you’re on.

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Episode 102 – Building a better elevator speech

Aug 12, 2019 12:57

Description:

A harmless question (“so, what do you do?”) can turn into one of the toughest ones to answer. Learn the steps to turn a tense moment into a simple explanation. Links: https://thebrieflab.com/noise/

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Sounding off on “NOISE”

Aug 7, 2019 15:12

Description:

Get a brief overview of the new book “Noise: Living and leading when nobody can focus,” including how it’s organized, who it’s for and how it helps. https://thebrieflab.com/noise/

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Episode 100 – Questions & Answers (Q&A)

Jul 29, 2019 13:22

Description:

Our 100th episode breaks with tradition, handles a few common queries and reveals some important news. https://thebrieflab.com/noise/

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Episode 99 – Practical presentation principles

Jul 22, 2019 12:03

Description:

The best presentations probably should not start with a joke, but are always great conversations. Consider a few practices to get you relaxed and ready.

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Episode 98 – Batching

Jul 15, 2019 10:45

Description:

Learn how to bundle periodic updates to reduce the need for countless one-off interruptions throughout the day.

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Episode 97 – Make a recommendation

Jul 8, 2019 10:18

Description:

Making decisions gets harder when the people around just feed you more information. Be the one who steps up with guidance and options.  

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Episode 96 – Irrelevant

Jul 1, 2019 12:20

Description:

We can spend our time gathering up useless information. What’s worse, we can be seen as the source of it. Get a few pointers to avoid both.

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Episode 95 – Forced to focus

Jun 24, 2019 14:26

Description:

A new pair of glasses gets me thinking about how to fix my focus without things going blurry and getting dizzy. The same is true in daily life.

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Episode 94 – Enduring a culture of long and confusing

Jun 17, 2019 12:47

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The place where you work is sucking the absolute life out of me – it’s just how we roll, you say. What can you do to prevent it and push back?

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Episode 93 – The promise of prognosticators

Jun 10, 2019 13:01

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Do you ever feel the irresistible allure of people that predict the future? Their voices, filled with clarity and conviction, can sound great but end up being terribly misleading.

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Episode 92 – Has TED jumped the shark?

Jun 3, 2019 11:17

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Has the now famous format of concise presentations gone too far? Has the value of brevity given way to big business?

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Episode 91 – How to find your voice

May 27, 2019 11:50

Description:

Two distinct ways of communicating test our core sense of identity. What’s the key to discovering how you really should sound? Links: Epic speech fail pass out (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_InYGF_3Zs

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Episode 90 – Do introverts have the advantage?

May 20, 2019 12:40

Description:

You may be an introvert or know one. Yet, the world is seemingly made for and by extroverts. Who has the real edge? Links: Introvert, Dear (site): https://introvertdear.com/news/introverts-advantages-extroverts/ Susan Cain’s book “Quiet” summary/links: https://readingraphics.com/book-summary-quiet/ Jokes only introverts would get: https://www.ranker.com/list/jokes-that-are-only-funny-if-you_re-an-introvert/michael-grimes

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Episode 89 – When you just don’t care

May 13, 2019 11:04

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What do you do when you find yourself completely losing motivation and interest? A funny scene from Office Space may provide some insights. Links: Office Space – The Bobs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iiOEQOtBlQ

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Episode 88 – Communicating when you’re on edge

May 6, 2019 11:01

Description:

A funny scene from a situation comedy sets the stage for the risks we all run when we start to communicate under pressure. Links: New Radio smoking clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO7EFfdX8Rs

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Nodding loops: real or imagined?

Apr 29, 2019

Description:

When someone is nodding when you’re talking, how do you know if it’s genuine interest and understanding or simply fake listening and they’re ready to go to sleep?

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Episode 87 – Nodding loops: real or imagined?

Apr 29, 2019 12:58

Description:

When someone is nodding when you’re talking, how do you know if it’s genuine interest and understanding or simply fake listening and they’re ready to go to sleep?

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Episode 86 – How you show up

Apr 22, 2019 10:56

Description:

The quality of your presence matters. Take a deeper look into the importance of being at your best in challenging moments.

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How you show up

Apr 22, 2019 00:10:56

Description:

The quality of your presence matters. Take a deeper look into the importance of being at your best in challenging moments.

How you show up

Apr 22, 2019

Description:

The quality of your presence matters. Take a deeper look into the importance of being at your best in challenging moments.

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Micro-preparation

Apr 15, 2019 00:12:21

Description:

Taking just a few minutes to get ready before communicating can translate into at least some success versus serving up another hot mess. Links: BRIEF downloadable tools: https://thebrieflab.com/tools/

Micro-preparation

Apr 15, 2019

Description:

Taking just a few minutes to get ready before communicating can translate into at least some success versus serving up another hot mess. Links: BRIEF downloadable tools: https://thebrieflab.com/tools/

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Episode 85 – Micro-preparation

Apr 15, 2019 12:21

Description:

Taking just a few minutes to get ready before communicating can translate into at least some success versus serving up another hot mess. Links: BRIEF downloadable tools: https://thebrieflab.com/tools/

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Napoleon Dynamite

Apr 8, 2019 00:09:38

Description:

This hilarious, moronic cult-classic comedy holds the keys to making a connection with an audience and maintaining it to the end. Links: Napoleon Dynamite dance scene (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcWPiHjIExA

Napoleon Dynamite

Apr 8, 2019

Description:

This hilarious, moronic cult-classic comedy holds the keys to making a connection with an audience and maintaining it to the end. Links: Napoleon Dynamite dance scene (video)

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Episode 84 – Napoleon Dynamite

Apr 8, 2019 9:38

Description:

This hilarious, moronic cult-classic comedy holds the keys to making a connection with an audience and maintaining it to the end. Links: Napoleon Dynamite dance scene (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcWPiHjIExA

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More senseless notetaking

Apr 1, 2019 00:12:34

Description:

Don’t get lost deeper in the weeds. Two recent conversations inspire a sequel to a season-one podcast of (nearly) the same title.

More senseless notetaking

Apr 1, 2019

Description:

Don’t get lost deeper in the weeds. Two recent conversations inspire a sequel to a season-one podcast of (nearly) the same title.

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Episode 83 – More senseless note taking

Apr 1, 2019 12:34

Description:

Don’t get lost deeper in the weeds. Two recent conversations inspire a sequel to a season-one podcast of (nearly) the same title.

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Being deliberate

Mar 25, 2019 00:09:25

Description:

A ski-school story inspired a closer look into the value of mastering going slow, so you could gain more control going fast. Links: Skiing moguls the slow way (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIhw0z1d1ko

Being deliberate

Mar 25, 2019

Description:

A ski-school story inspired a closer look into the value of mastering going slow, so you could gain more control going fast. Links: Skiing moguls the slow way (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIhw0z1d1ko

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Episode 82 – Being deliberate

Mar 25, 2019 9:25

Description:

A ski-school story inspired a closer look into the value of mastering going slow, so you could gain more control going fast. Links: Skiing moguls the slow way (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIhw0z1d1ko  

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Clarifying communication preferences, part 1

Mar 18, 2019 00:11:05

Description:

A daunting new project to determine what are one’s real (not imagined) personal communication preferences.

Clarifying communication preferences, part 1

Mar 18, 2019

Description:

A daunting new project to determine what are one’s real (not imagined) personal communication preferences.

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Episode 81 – Clarifying communication preferences, part 1

Mar 18, 2019 11:05

Description:

A daunting new project to determine what are one’s real (not imagined) personal communication preferences.

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The illusion of immediacy

Mar 11, 2019 00:13:42

Description:

Advances in technology have accelerated a widespread expectation that we can have anything and everything now. It’s a false belief. Links: Stephen Covey’s Time Matrix Explained (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFQpQZPxAYQ

The illusion of immediacy

Mar 11, 2019

Description:

Advances in technology have accelerated a widespread expectation that we can have anything and everything now. It’s a false belief. Links: Stephen Covey’s Time Matrix Explained (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFQpQZPxAYQ

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Episode 80 – The illusion of immediacy

Mar 11, 2019 13:42

Description:

Advances in technology have accelerated a widespread expectation that we can have anything and everything now. It’s a false belief. Links: Stephen Covey’s Time Matrix Explained (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFQpQZPxAYQ  

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Empty the trash

Mar 4, 2019 00:07:47

Description:

Look around and see who’s going to jump up and take out the garbage. Who will take on this thankless job?

Empty the trash

Mar 4, 2019

Description:

Look around and see who’s going to jump up and take out the garbage. Who will take on this thankless job?

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Episode 79 – Empty the trash

Mar 4, 2019 7:48

Description:

Look around and see who’s going to jump up and take out the garbage. Who will take on this thankless job?

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The single biggest writing mistake

Feb 25, 2019 00:12:50

Description:

Though there are many challenges to being a solid writer, one stands out that will undermine your effectiveness.

The single biggest writing mistake

Feb 25, 2019

Description:

Though there are many challenges to being a solid writer, one stands out that will undermine your effectiveness.

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Episode 78 – The single biggest writing mistake

Feb 25, 2019 12:50

Description:

Though there are many challenges to being a solid writer, one stands out that will undermine your effectiveness.

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Episode 77 – Many meanings of the word brief

Feb 18, 2019 11:25

Description:

Surprising, there are many variants of the word brief in the military that each have their own unique meaning and professional equivalent.

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Many meanings of the word brief

Feb 18, 2019 00:11:25

Description:

Surprising, there are many variants of the word brief in the military that each have their own unique meaning and professional equivalent.

Why performance reviews crush morale

Feb 11, 2019 00:11:23

Description:

How to turn an often frustrating, critical and negative exchange into a much clearer, balanced conversation that motivates and guides.

Episode 76 – Why performance reviews crush morale

Feb 11, 2019 11:23

Description:

How to turn an often frustrating, critical and negative exchange into a much clearer, balanced conversation that motivates and guides.

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A lazy man’s load

Feb 4, 2019 00:10:09

Description:

My father’s wise expression can help us all focus on tackling fewer things better – even if it means taking an extra trip or two.

Episode 75 – A lazy man’s load

Feb 4, 2019 10:10

Description:

My father’s wise expression can help us all focus on tackling fewer things better – even if it means taking an extra trip or two.

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The loss of civil discourse

Jan 28, 2019 00:12:10

Description:

The sign of a declining civilization is the inability of its citizens to communicate openly, respectfully and politely. How do we get it back? Links: Video: SNL McLaughlin Group video clip https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mclaughlin-group/n9987

Episode 74 – The loss of civil discourse

Jan 28, 2019 12:10

Description:

The sign of a declining civilization is the inability of its citizens to communicate openly, respectfully and politely. How do we get it back? Links: Video: SNL McLaughlin Group video clip https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/mclaughlin-group/n9987

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Why commander’s intent drives subordinates crazy

Jan 22, 2019 00:11:39

Description:

When leaders give an order or provide direction, they’re frequently far from clear. Why is it so uncommon for leaders to be understood? Links: BRIEF Map download link: www.thebrieflab.com/tools Online article - https://personalmba.com/commanders-intent/ Military article - https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a522123.pdf

Episode 73 – Why commander’s intent drives subordinates crazy

Jan 21, 2019 11:39

Description:

When leaders give an order or provide direction, they’re frequently far from clear. Why is it so uncommon for leaders to be understood? Links: BRIEF Map download link: thebrieflab.com/tools Online article – https://personalmba.com/commanders-intent/ Military article – https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a522123.pdf

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Preparing for chance conversations

Jan 14, 2019 00:11:54

Description:

As the saying goes, when you least expect it, expect it. Here’s what you can do to be ready when everyone else is caught off guard. Links: Impromptu: http://www.gbv.de/dms/zbw/896726819.pdf

Episode 72 – Preparing for chance conversations

Jan 14, 2019 11:54

Description:

As the saying goes, when you least expect it, expect it. Here’s what you can do to be ready when everyone else is caught off guard. Links: Impromptu: http://www.gbv.de/dms/zbw/896726819.pdf

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It’s a good time to say thanks

Jan 7, 2019 00:10:41

Description:

Gratitude is the engine that drives people forward when everyone else gets stuck spinning their wheels.

Episode 71 – It’s a good time to say thanks

Jan 7, 2019 10:41

Description:

Gratitude is the engine that drives people forward when everyone else gets stuck spinning their wheels.

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Meeting agenda design

Dec 31, 2018 00:11:58

Description:

How can we plan for significantly better meetings, ones that don’t make people angry but help them get important things done? Links: BRIEF Map download link: www.thebrieflab.com/tools

Episode 70 – Meeting agenda design

Dec 31, 2018 11:59

Description:

How can we plan for significantly better meetings, ones that don’t make people angry but help them get important things done? Links: BRIEF Map download link: thebrieflab.com/tools

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Hitting mute more often in your life

Dec 17, 2018 00:17:01

Description:

If you’re watching television and the sound gets too loud, you grab the remote control and hit mute. What if you could do that for all the noise in and around you? Links: NOISE music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-VAXRC_hxk Remote control fails (funny, long video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aadof0Dns9w&vl=en

Episode 69 – Hitting mute more often in your life

Dec 17, 2018 17:01

Description:

If you’re watching television and the sound gets too loud, you grab the remote control and hit mute. What if you could do that for all the noise in and around you? Links: NOISE music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-VAXRC_hxk Remote control fails (funny, long video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aadof0Dns9w&vl=en

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Why do AAR’s frequently fail?

Dec 10, 2018 00:14:04

Description:

After-action reviews (AARs) are feedback sessions meant for groups to make important adjustments and improvements after meetings, training or missions. They are often a waste of time and need to be fixed. Links: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After-action_review

Episode 68 – Why do AAR’s frequently fail?

Dec 10, 2018 14:04

Description:

After-action reviews (AARs) are feedback sessions meant for groups to make important adjustments and improvements after meetings, training or missions. They are often a waste of time and need to be fixed. Links: Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/After-action_review

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Talking yourself through adversity

Dec 3, 2018 00:13:10

Description:

In a moment of serious difficulty, pain, challenge or set back, can you hear the rising voice of an inner critic? How can we change that negative influence?

Episode 67 – Talking yourself through adversity

Dec 3, 2018 13:10

Description:

In a moment of serious difficulty, pain, challenge or set back, can you hear the rising voice of an inner critic? How can we change that negative influence? Links: INC magazine article: https://www.inc.com/chris-winfield/is-stomping-ants-the-key-to-living-a-happier-life.html  

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What’s an insight and why do they matter?

Nov 26, 2018 00:13:50

Description:

Insights are a powerful force behind the best ideas (and best comedy), yet many of us struggle not only to define the term but also to develop how we discover them. Links: Thrive: https://thrivethinking.com/2016/03/28/what-is-insight-definition/ Jim Gaffigan and Bacon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTS0hvWDW8

Episode 66 – What’s an insight and why do they matter?

Nov 26, 2018 13:51

Description:

Insights are a powerful force behind the best ideas (and best comedy), yet many of us struggle not only to define the term but also to develop how we discover them. Links: Thrive: https://thrivethinking.com/2016/03/28/what-is-insight-definition/ Jim Gaffigan and Bacon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoTS0hvWDW8

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Sabotaging your organization from within

Nov 19, 2018 00:11:12

Description:

A declassified World War II OSS/CIA field manual shares hidden instructions that guided average citizens to subvert their own employers. Today, it reads like an operating manual for a typical organization. Links: OSS Field Manual summary: https://www.businessinsider.com/oss-manual-sabotage-productivity-2015-11 CIA archive manual: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2012-featured-story-archive/CleanedUOSSSimpleSabotage_sm.pdf

Episode 65 – Sabotaging your organization from within

Nov 19, 2018 11:12

Description:

A declassified World War II OSS/CIA field manual shares hidden instructions that guided average citizens to subvert their own employers. Today, it reads like an operating manual for a typical organization. Links: OSS Field Manual summary: https://www.businessinsider.com/oss-manual-sabotage-productivity-2015-11 CIA archive manual: https://www.cia.gov/news-information/featured-story-archive/2012-featured-story-archive/CleanedUOSSSimpleSabotage_sm.pdf

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More like tennis, less like golf

Nov 12, 2018 00:10:07

Description:

How can we learn to put more balance back into our meetings, presentations and conversations? It turns out two different sports hold the answer. Links: Famous tennis rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLDm254jtZA

Episode 64 – More like tennis, less like golf

Nov 12, 2018 10:07

Description:

How can we learn to put more balance back into our meetings, presentations and conversations? It turns out two different sports hold the answer. Links: Famous tennis rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLDm254jtZA

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Episode 63 – Asking much better questions

Nov 5, 2018 14:07

Description:

Why are most of us are not naturally gifted at crafting great questions? After all, it’s the key to unlocking better conversations and building stronger connections. Links: A deep dive into better questions: http://scottberkun.com/2018/how-and-why-to-ask-better-questions/ TedX Talk: How to ask better questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8xfuCcXZu8

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Asking much better questions

Nov 5, 2018 00:14:07

Description:

Why are most of us are not naturally gifted at crafting great questions? After all, it’s the key to unlocking better conversations and building stronger connections. Links: A deep dive into better questions: http://scottberkun.com/2018/how-and-why-to-ask-better-questions/ TedX Talk: How to ask better questions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8xfuCcXZu8

Episode 62 – I couldn’t articulate the strategy

Oct 29, 2018 12:40

Description:

Napoleon turned to his corporal to check if the battle plan could be easily explained. Why are so many leaders destined for defeat before they even begin?   Links: Napoleon’s Corporal explained: https://awealthofcommonsense.com/2016/04/napoleons-corporal/ Corporate jargon “unpacked” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ab2ZeZ-krY

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I couldn’t articulate the strategy

Oct 29, 2018 00:12:39

Description:

Napoleon turned to his corporal to check if the battle plan could be easily explained. Why are so many leaders destined for defeat before they even begin? Links: Napoleon’s Corporal explained: https://awealthofcommonsense.com/2016/04/napoleons-corporal/ Corporate jargon “unpacked” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ab2ZeZ-krY

The failure of open floor plans

Oct 22, 2018 00:14:05

Description:

Our open work environments are a battle of fostering creativity and collaboration versus privacy and protection from constant distractions. Office space scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNai8OYhdxA

Episode 61 – The failure of open floor plans

Oct 22, 2018 14:05

Description:

Our open work environments are a battle of fostering creativity and collaboration versus privacy and protection from constant distractions. Links: Office space scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNai8OYhdxA

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Time to say goodbye

Oct 15, 2018 00:10:17

Description:

Have you ever heard of “the Irish goodbye?” Learn what it takes to master those difficult farewell moments we all need to face. Links: Hollywood hates goodbyes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDJbllu1wdU

Episode 60 – Time to say goodbye

Oct 15, 2018 10:17

Description:

Have you ever heard of “the Irish goodbye?” Learn what it takes to master those difficult farewell moments we all need to face. Links: Hollywood hates goodbyes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDJbllu1wdU

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It takes a hurricane to get people to talk

Oct 8, 2018 00:11:42

Description:

A recent hurricane forced thousands in the Carolinas from their homes. It also forced many of them off their phones to talk with each other. Bored game warning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWdJ8HY2dE

Episode 59 – It takes a hurricane to get people to talk

Oct 8, 2018 11:41

Description:

A recent hurricane forced thousands in the Carolinas from their homes. It also forced many of them off their phones to talk with each other. Links: Bored game warning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eWdJ8HY2dE

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Perception management: facts and feelings

Oct 1, 2018 00:14:48

Description:

A scene from the animated movie “Inside Out” inspires a deeper dive into the power of feelings to reshape what we think is real. Emotion wheel graphic: https://goo.gl/images/8odR6Z “Inside Out” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRUAzGQ3nSY “Inside Out” facts and opinions scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sav2L2E38XA

Episode 58 – Perception management: facts and feelings

Oct 1, 2018 14:49

Description:

A scene from the animated movie “Inside Out” inspires a deeper dive into the power of feelings to reshape what we think is real. Links: Emotion wheel graphic: https://goo.gl/images/8odR6Z “Inside Out” trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRUAzGQ3nSY “Inside Out” facts and opinions scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sav2L2E38XA

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Is “time posting” a word?

Sep 24, 2018 00:09:27

Description:

What do you call it when you make an up-front promise regarding how much time you’ll take? It will take more than a minute to find out. Links: It doesn’t mean talking faster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha9-Y_NX1JA

Episode 57 – Is “time posting” a word?

Sep 24, 2018 9:27

Description:

What do you call it when you make an up-front promise regarding how much time you’ll take? It will take more than a minute to find out. Links: It doesn’t mean talking faster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha9-Y_NX1JA

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Episode 56 – Aim small, miss small

Sep 17, 2018 11:41

Description:

Precise communicators, like snipers, hit the target consistently because they take careful aim. Learn how shooting and speaking relate. Links: Scene from “The Patriot”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8FTbA38yuc  

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Aim small, miss small

Sep 17, 2018 00:11:41

Description:

Precise communicators, like snipers, hit the target consistently because they take careful aim. Learn how shooting and speaking relate. Links: Scene from “The Patriot”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8FTbA38yuc

What to do with my hands?

Sep 3, 2018 00:10:49

Description:

So many people ask me about body language. Let’s dive into why an interview scene from Talladega Nights can set you straight. Video Clip : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8PP3QU7wjI

Episode 55 – What to do with my hands?

Sep 3, 2018 10:49

Description:

So many people ask me about body language. Let’s dive into why an interview scene from Talladega Nights can set you straight. Video Clip : www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8PP3QU7wjI  

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Tune into AM 101

Aug 27, 2018 00:15:11

Description:

Learn the basics of awareness management, a vital skill to direct the most precious commodity we have: our attention.

Episode 54 – Tune into AM 101

Aug 27, 2018 15:11

Description:

Learn the basics of awareness management, a vital skill to direct the most precious commodity we have: our attention.  

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Episode 53 – Motivational speeches might help the other team

Aug 20, 2018 16:49

Description:

Words that are meant to inspire can often create the “Matt Foley, motivational speaker” effect. Take a look at what’s really at play Matt Foley : https://youtu.be/1LyqPdZjQTY Put That Coffee Down! : https://youtu.be/r6Lf8GtMe4M Bluto’s Big Speech : https://youtu.be/q7vtWB4owdE  

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Motivational speeches might help the other team

Aug 20, 2018 00:16:49

Description:

Words that are meant to inspire can often create the “Matt Foley, motivational speaker” effect. Take a look at what’s really at play. Matt Foley : https://youtu.be/1LyqPdZjQTY Put That Coffee Down! : https://youtu.be/r6Lf8GtMe4M Bluto's Big Speech : https://youtu.be/q7vtWB4owdE

Tune into FM 101

Aug 13, 2018 00:14:12

Description:

Learn to get others around you to dial in quickly with a few basics of focus management (FM), an important skill set in our daily lives.

Episode 52 – Tune into FM 101

Aug 13, 2018 14:13

Description:

Learn to get others around you to dial in quickly with a few basics of focus management (FM), an important skill set in our daily lives.

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Hating the gift of feedback

Aug 6, 2018 00:12:54

Description:

Why do so many people loathe getting and giving feedback? Let’s tackle a tough issue that we all need to improve.

Episode 51 – Hating the gift of feedback

Aug 6, 2018 12:54

Description:

Why do so many people loathe getting and giving feedback? Let’s tackle a tough issue that we all need to improve.

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The Uber talk test

Jul 30, 2018 00:13:01

Description:

Any car ride can provide a quick way to gauge if your conversations are on track, or driving people crazy. Step in and see.

Episode 50 – The Uber talk test

Jul 30, 2018 13:02

Description:

Any car ride can provide a quick way to gauge if your conversations are on track, or driving people crazy. Step in and see.

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Saying no

Jul 23, 2018 00:14:00

Description:

There’s power in this short, negative word. Let’s explore some tough steps to tune in by choosing how to tune out.

Episode 49 – Saying no

Jul 23, 2018 14:00

Description:

There’s power in this short, negative word. Let’s explore some tough steps to tune in by choosing how to tune out.

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Curbing a culture of meetings

Jul 16, 2018 00:15:01

Description:

Every day, people waste valuable hours stuck in meetings. There are a few ways to get our lives back.

Episode 48 – Curbing a culture of meetings

Jul 16, 2018 15:01

Description:

Every day, people waste valuable hours stuck in meetings. There are a few ways to get our lives back.

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Did that conversation ruin me?

Jul 10, 2018 00:10:30

Description:

It’s the quality (and quantity) of our conversations that builds a reputation. Are you at risk or ready for a reward?

Episode 47 – Did that conversation ruin me?

Jul 9, 2018 14:46

Description:

It’s the quality (and quantity) of our conversations that builds a reputation. Are you at risk or ready for a reward?

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Working to get fired or hired

Jun 25, 2018 00:09:37

Description:

Think of how we act on the first day of a new job versus the last ones. What motivates us to always be our best?

Episode 46 – Working to get fired or hired

Jun 25, 2018 9:37

Description:

Think of how we act on the first day of a new job versus the last ones. What motivates us to always be our best?

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My father’s three favorite phrases

Jun 17, 2018 00:09:33

Description:

Celebrating Father’s Day helped me to recall some of my Dad’s favorite expressions. Three of them really stood out.

Episode 45 – My father’s three favorite phrases

Jun 17, 2018 9:33

Description:

Celebrating Father’s Day helped me to recall some of my Dad’s favorite expressions. Three of them really stood out.

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Unpacking your e-mails

Jun 11, 2018 00:13:25

Description:

We’re all buried in a daily avalanche of e-mails. What can we do to prevent ours from getting lost in a packed in-box?

Episode 44 – Unpacking your e-mails

Jun 11, 2018 13:25

Description:

We’re all buried in a daily avalanche of e-mails. What can we do to prevent ours from getting lost in a packed in-box?

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Smartphone bans coming

Jun 4, 2018 00:14:46

Description:

Businesses are considering measures to severely limit smartphone usage. Are these mobile devices becoming the new cigarette?

Not valuing a volunteer

May 29, 2018 00:14:46

Description:

People hate being treated like a captive audience. For a close friend, it turned his time of generous giving into a painfully funny story.

Episode 42 – Not valuing a volunteer

May 29, 2018 14:47

Description:

People hate being treated like a captive audience. For a close friend, it turned his time of generous giving into a painfully funny story.

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A good story breaks a tie

May 21, 2018 00:14:46

Description:

Strong narratives can inspire action and bring boring words back to life. For one company, a solid story set them far ahead of the competition.

Episode 41 – A good story breaks a tie

May 21, 2018 14:47

Description:

Strong narratives can inspire action and bring boring words back to life. For one company, a solid story set them far ahead of the competition.

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Warning: explicit messages

May 14, 2018 00:12:34

Description:

Don’t bury your lead, just say it. People aren’t mind readers. Tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them and finally tell them what you’ve told them.

Episode 40 – Warning: explicit messages

May 14, 2018 12:34

Description:

Don’t bury your lead, just say it. People aren’t mind readers. Tell them what you’re going to tell them, then tell them and finally tell them what you’ve told them.

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Pitfalls of progress reports

Apr 30, 2018 00:14:57

Description:

Most progress updates leave you scratching your head? Was that a good update or a bad one? Are they on track or headed for disaster?

Episode 39 – Pitfalls of progress reports

Apr 30, 2018 14:58

Description:

Most progress updates leave you scratching your head? Was that a good update or a bad one? Are they on track or headed for disaster?

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Hey, listen to why it’s so difficult

Apr 23, 2018 00:13:38

Description:

There are many terrible types of listening. Explore the common mistakes we all make as lousy listeners.

Episode 38 – Hey, listen to why it’s so difficult

Apr 23, 2018 13:38

Description:

There are many terrible types of listening. Explore the common mistakes we all make as lousy listeners.

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Episode 37 – The single most important thing

Apr 16, 2018 12:52

Description:

Trying to do everything can leave you with nothing. How can we focus on fewer to get more out of each day?

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The single most important thing

Apr 16, 2018 00:12:51

Description:

Trying to do everything can leave you with nothing. How can we focus on fewer to get more out of each day?

Episode 36 – Ready, player one

Apr 9, 2018 14:03

Description:

Virtual reality (VR) is coming. Prepare yourselves for bold promises, and an unimaginable curse.

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Ready, player one

Apr 9, 2018 00:14:03

Description:

Virtual reality (VR) is coming. Prepare yourselves for bold promises, and an unimaginable curse.

Episode 35 – The dread of silence

Apr 2, 2018 12:39

Description:

Quiet time is critical for us, yet so elusive. Why do we fear those precious moments when we can finally drive the noise out of our hectic heads?

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The dread of silence

Apr 2, 2018 00:12:39

Description:

Quiet time is critical for us, yet so elusive. Why do we fear those precious moments when we can finally drive the noise out of our hectic heads?

Episode 34 – The minister for loneliness

Mar 20, 2018 13:04

Description:

Discover why the UK recently created a new ministry for people who are alone and how constant connectivity is driving us all to isolation.

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The minister for loneliness

Mar 20, 2018 00:13:03

Description:

Discover why the UK recently created a new ministry for people who are alone and how constant connectivity is driving us all to isolation.

Focus, people!

Mar 14, 2018 00:12:11

Description:

With way too much competing for our attention, we need to start focusing on our focus. It's time to invest in awareness management.

Episode 33 – Focus, people!

Mar 13, 2018 12:11

Description:

With way too much competing for our attention, we need to start focusing on our focus. It’s time to invest in awareness management.

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When word become worthless

Mar 9, 2018 00:11:24

Description:

Corporate speak, jargon and buzzwords are draining the meaning from our minds. Avoid the fancy clichés and speak simply.

Episode 32 – When words become worthless

Mar 8, 2018 11:24

Description:

Corporate speak, jargon and buzzwords are draining the meaning from our minds. Avoid the fancy clichés and speak simply.

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An info-junkie crack house (Brain Basics Part II)

Feb 27, 2018 00:15:48

Description:

Infobesity is an addiction. Dealing with the grim reality that information overload is reshaping how our brains work.

Episode 31 – An info-junkie crack house (Brain Basics Part II)

Feb 26, 2018 15:48

Description:

Infobesity is an addiction. Dealing with the grim reality that information overload is reshaping how our brains work.

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Penguins on an Iceberg (Brain Basics Part I)

Feb 21, 2018 00:14:53

Description:

The brain is an amazing processor, yet we're constantly losing focus. A deeper look at how multi-tasking is depleting our working memory.

Episode 30 – Penguins on an Iceberg (Brain Basics Part I)

Feb 20, 2018 14:54

Description:

The brain is an amazing processor, yet we’re constantly losing focus. A deeper look at how multi-tasking is depleting our working memory.

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Go to sleep

Jan 31, 2018 00:15:07

Description:

The brain is overworked and we're sleeping less than ever. Why is it so important for all of us to invest in a good night's sleep?

Episode 29 – Go to sleep

Jan 30, 2018 15:07

Description:

The brain is overworked and we’re sleeping less than ever. Why is it so important for all of us to invest in a good night’s sleep?

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Are smartphones addictive brain candy for kids?

Jan 23, 2018 00:15:29

Description:

Activists investors are calling on Apple to start helping parents protect their kids. Former Facebook executives are warning that social media seriously undermines childhood development. Is tech addicting our youth?

Episode 28 – Are smartphones addictive brain candy for kids?

Jan 22, 2018 15:29

Description:

Activists investors are calling on Apple to start helping parents protect their kids. Former Facebook executives are warning that social media seriously undermines childhood development. Is tech addicting our youth?

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Training people to ignore a safety briefing

Jan 16, 2018 00:14:18

Description:

In the U.S., there are 5,000 aircraft in the air at any given time. Yet how many passengers seated in the exit row paid close attention to the safety announcement? Is our safety at risk because of collective inattention?

Episode 27 – Training people to ignore a safety briefing

Jan 15, 2018 14:18

Description:

In the U.S., there are 5,000 aircraft in the air at any given time. Yet how many passengers seated in the exit row paid close attention to the safety announcement? Is our safety at risk because of collective inattention?

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Stay tuned. Fans aren’t really

Jan 10, 2018 00:13:33

Description:

Why are more and more fans these days not watching the sports they love, but still following them avidly online?

Episode 26 – Stay tuned. Fans aren’t really.

Jan 9, 2018 13:34

Description:

Why are more and more fans these days not watching the sports they love, but still following them avidly online?

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The BRIEF Lab Annual Survey Report

Dec 29, 2017 00:10:47

Description:

In a survey of 1,000 professionals we disclose and discuss how constant connectivity is effecting our performance. Is always being plugged in helping or hindering us? Download the report here : http://thebrieflab.com/annualreport

Episode 25 – The BRIEF Lab Annual Report

Dec 28, 2017 10:47

Description:

In a survey of 1,000 professionals we disclose and discuss how constant connectivity is affecting our performance. Is always being plugged in helping or hindering us? Download the report

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An argument against persuasion (and for civil discourse)

Dec 19, 2017 00:15:04

Description:

Nobody wants to be pushed, persuaded, swayed or sold something. Nowadays, powerful persuasion is ironically what’s killing civil discourse and making everyone tune each other out.

Episode 24 – An argument against persuasion (and for civil discourse)

Dec 18, 2017 15:05

Description:

Nobody wants to be pushed, persuaded, swayed or sold something. Nowadays, powerful persuasion is ironically what’s killing civil discourse and making everyone tune each other out.

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Senseless note-taking

Dec 13, 2017 00:14:25

Description:

Writing down every word verbatim in the middle of a conversation, call or a meeting is a quick ticket to getting lost in the weeds. Listening, waiting and writing noteworthy notes is what drives big-picture thinkers.

Episode 23 – Senseless note taking

Dec 12, 2017 14:26

Description:

Writing down every word verbatim in the middle of a conversation, call or a meeting is a quick ticket to getting lost in the weeds. Listening, waiting and writing noteworthy notes is what drives big-picture thinkers.

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Conversation highjacking

Dec 5, 2017 00:11:33

Description:

The ugly reality is an errant word or simple comment is all it takes to send a conversation off track. Who’s to blame and how to avoid this painful problem?

Episode 22 – Conversation highjacking

Dec 4, 2017 11:33

Description:

The ugly reality is an errant word or simple comment is all it takes to send a conversation off track. Who’s to blame and how to avoid this painful problem?

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Is there power in repetition?

Nov 28, 2017 00:13:19

Description:

What’s the hidden risk of repeating yourself? When people are easily distracted, it may be worth restating, reiterating or rephrasing. Just don’t overdo it (like I just did).

Episode 21 – Is there power in repetition?

Nov 27, 2017 13:20

Description:

What’s the hidden risk of repeating yourself? When people are easily distracted, it may be worth restating, reiterating or rephrasing. Just don’t overdo it (like I just did).

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Bite your tongue

Nov 21, 2017 00:13:45

Description:

Some comments can derail conversations and send people down a rabbit hole or over the edge. There’s wisdom to know when to keep your mouth shut, no matter how tempting saying one more thing might be. Download the Bonus PDF: http://thebrieflab.com/mouthshut/

Episode 20 – Bite your tongue

Nov 20, 2017 13:45

Description:

Some comments can derail conversations and send people down a rabbit hole or over the edge. There’s wisdom to know when to keep your mouth shut, no matter how tempting saying one more thing might be.

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Avoiding an audience double standard

Nov 14, 2017 00:11:21

Description:

If you had to speak to an important, influential and busy executive, you’d expect brevity to be built in. Yet there’s a totally different (longer) standard when communicating with teammates, peers and subordinates. And it’s not ok.

Episode 19 – Avoiding an audience double standard

Nov 13, 2017 11:21

Description:

If you had to speak to an important, influential and busy executive, you’d expect brevity to be built in. Yet there’s a totally different (longer) standard when communicating with teammates, peers and subordinates. And it’s not ok.

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Why is listening so hard?

Nov 7, 2017 00:15:10

Description:

Very few people are good listeners and the majority get no formal training to improve this valuable skill. We’ve all felt the frustration talking to someone who isn’t really listening. So why is it so hard?

Episode 18 – Why is listening so hard?

Nov 6, 2017 15:11

Description:

Very few people are good listeners and the majority get no formal training to improve this valuable skill. We’ve all felt the frustration talking to someone who isn’t really listening. So why is it so hard?

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Quiet time

Oct 28, 2017 00:13:22

Description:

In a world that’s always on, we feel drained. Ironically, we need to unplug to recharge. Finding critical moments for quiet in our day will help us gain peace, perspective and rest from the noise.

Episode 17 – Quiet time

Oct 27, 2017 13:23

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In a world that’s always on, we feel drained. Ironically, we need to unplug to recharge. Finding critical moments for quiet in our day will help us gain peace, perspective and rest from the noise.

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Getting some people to talk more (not less)

Oct 24, 2017 00:13:27

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We all know people that are longwinded, confusing and unclear. But there’s also a segment of professionals that needs to speak up and doesn’t say nearly enough. Let’s explore ways for them to find their voice.

Episode 16 – Getting some people to talk more (not less)

Oct 23, 2017 13:28

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We all know people that are longwinded, confusing and unclear. But there’s also a segment of professionals that needs to speak up and doesn’t say nearly enough. Let’s explore ways for them to find their voice.

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Hidden Risk of Being a Confident Leader

Oct 18, 2017 00:13:58

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Leaders can be passionate, powerful and captivating. Nearly all of them are completely convinced that their explanations are crystal clear – and they’re not. The fallout can leave people excited, yet deeply confused.

Episode 15 – Confident leaders don’t get it

Oct 17, 2017 13:58

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Leaders can be passionate, powerful and captivating. Nearly all of them are completely convinced that their explanations are crystal clear – and they’re not. The fallout can leave people excited, yet deeply confused.

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The uncomfortable allure of a crucible story

Oct 10, 2017 00:14:30

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There’s so much to gain when dealing with past pressures and pain. By embracing and sharing stories of our own struggles, conflicts, failures and frustrations, we grow as real leaders that others can trust and follow.

Episode 14 – The uncomfortable allure of a crucible story

Oct 9, 2017 14:30

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There’s so much to gain when dealing with past pressures and pain. By embracing and sharing stories of our own struggles, conflicts, failures and frustrations, we grow as real leaders that others can trust and follow.

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Leaders we all love deliver precise praise

Oct 3, 2017 00:12:27

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Kind words from a boss or client not only lift our spirits but also motivate and move us. We all need to learn to lead by improving how and when we show others succinct forms of flattery and encouragement.

Episode 13 – Leaders we all love deliver precise praise

Oct 2, 2017 12:27

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Kind words from a boss or client not only lift our spirits but also motivate and move us. We all need to learn to lead by improving how and when we show others succinct forms of flattery and encouragement.  

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Knowing if a meeting should’ve been an e-mail

Sep 26, 2017 00:11:21

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You feel the frustration being stuck in a long meeting only to realize that what was covered could have been better delivered in an e-mail. Determining the core criteria will help you make the right choice.

Episode 12 – Knowing if a meeting should’ve been an e-mail

Sep 25, 2017 11:22

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You feel the frustration being stuck in a long meeting only to realize that what was covered could have been better delivered in an e-mail. Determining the core criteria will help you make the right choice.

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Bearing the heavy burden of delivering bad news

Sep 20, 2017 00:14:50

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Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news, yet it’s part of everyone’s professional life. Taking great care to manage tough conversations can ease the pressure greatly.

Episode 11 – Bearing the heavy burden of delivering bad news

Sep 19, 2017 14:50

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Nobody likes to be the bearer of bad news, yet it’s part of everyone’s professional life. Taking great care to manage tough conversations can ease the pressure greatly.

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Signs your team is not on the same page

Sep 12, 2017 00:15:11

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Leaders need to learn to monitor early warning signs that their organization isn’t aligned. Waiting and hoping to see positive results is not a strategy. Anticipate how initial disconnects can spell disaster.

Concise writers are ruthless redactors

Sep 6, 2017 00:15:08

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Becoming a better writer means learning to cut, trim and omit needless words. In an attention-starved world, concise writing means being ruthless on what really belongs and what's just fluff.

Great messages are as simple as 1-2-3

Aug 30, 2017 00:15:14

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Delivering a convincing message is tough. Challenge yourself to define the gist in as few words as possible. It's a game worth playing to boil it all down to the basics.

Tesla's not-so-secret strategy

Aug 22, 2017 00:15:07

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It's no surprise that Elon Musk and Tesla have been on a roll. It started a decade ago with a clear and concise story declaring their purpose and plan.

Episode 10 – Signs your team is not on the same page

Apr 11, 2017 15:11

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Learners need to learn to monitor early on warning signs that their organization isn’t aligned. Waiting and hoping to see positive results is not a strategy. Anticipate how initial disconnects can spell disaster.

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Episode 9 – Concise writers are ruthless redactors

Apr 1, 2017 15:09

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Becoming a better writer means learning to cut, trim and omit needless words. In an attention-starved world, concise writing means being ruthless on what really belongs and what’s just fluff.

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Episode 8 – Great messages are as simple as 1-2-3

Mar 28, 2017 15:14

Description:

Delivering a convincing message is tough. Challenge yourself to define the gist in as few words as possible. It’s a game worth playing to boil it all down to the basics.

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Episode 7 – Tesla’s not-so-secret strategy

Mar 21, 2017 15:08

Description:

It’s no surprise that Elon Musk and Tesla have been on a roll. It started a decade ago with a clear and concise story declaring their purpose and plan.

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Episode 6 – Owning a message that’s important

Mar 14, 2017 11:02

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Some important insights on making the story your own versus sharing a half-hearted rendition.

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Episode 5 – Why people struggle to get to the point

Mar 7, 2017 10:21

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If you don’t know what your weaknesses are, you’ll never be able to conquer them.

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Episode 4 – Hoping vs. knowing your point got across?

Feb 28, 2017 10:46

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There’s a big difference between people have are confident that they’re clear and wanting to be.

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Episode 3 – Does a moment of anger make you rant and repeat?

Feb 23, 2017 10:36

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Losing your temper is one the fastest tickets to becoming longwinded and a recipe for hurting your reputation.

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Episode 2 – Pitching a bright idea

Feb 16, 2017 10:57

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Getting overly enthusiastic can actually shine too much light on your new idea and blind people.

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Owning a message that’s important

Feb 10, 2017 00:11:01

Description:

Some important insights on making the story your own versus sharing a half-hearted rendition.

Why people struggle to get to the point

Feb 10, 2017 00:10:20

Description:

If you don’t know what your weaknesses are, you’ll never be able to conquer them.

Hoping vs. knowing your point got across?

Feb 10, 2017 00:10:46

Description:

There’s a big difference between people who are confident that they’re clear and wanting to be.

Does a moment of anger make you rant and repeat?

Feb 10, 2017 00:10:36

Description:

Losing your temper is one the fastest tickets to becoming longwinded and a recipe for hurting your reputation.

Episode 1 – Job interviews: no time for an interrogation

Feb 9, 2017 10:40

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Nobody loves going on a job interview. So, turning them into a confident and comfortable conversation will set you apart.

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Pitching a bright idea

Feb 8, 2017 00:10:57

Description:

Getting overly enthusiastic can actually shine too much light on your new idea and blind people.

Job interviews: no time for an interrogation

Feb 8, 2017 00:10:40

Description:

Nobody loves going on a job interview. So, turning them into a confident and comfortable conversation will set you apart.