15 Things that changed my perspective so far this year

 

Wiser – how group decisions can let us down
50 years since the term “groupthink” was first coined it is still alive and well in the corridors of power in government, business, finance and elsewhere. This readable book by Cass Sunstein & Reid Hastie systematically unpicks the aspects of human nature that can lead groups to fail, and offers strategies to help.
Why are some countries rich and others poor? Why has progress been so uneven and power so concentrated? Climate, rainfall, rivers, mountains, land, distance, harbors, disease are just some of the explanations that Tim Marshall systematically walks through in this fascinating book.
Its hard to realistically evaluate our own performance in real time when doing a double-back somersault, but where are the video replays in professional life? Real insight & wisdom from Adam Grant’s podcasts and interviews with others including Ray Dalio.
“Skill is overrated,” says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not. It all comes down to standards. Standards are contagious, don’t transfer from one domain to another, must be recognised and require realistic expectations
Most (if not all) stories can map back to one of seven basic plots. See how your brand narrative aligns with them and what you could be doing to tell more engaging stories.
“An engrossing tale that provides plenty of food for thought”, this playful, wise, and profoundly moving book tracks the beautifully complicated arc of a long-term romantic relationships and should be essential reading for anyone who has thought deeply and realistically about the nature of long term relationships.
The structure of modern successful marriages is revealed in this inspiring and useful new perspective on the most important relationship. Finkel digs deeper with a sweeping historic overview showing that the primary function of marriage from 1776 to 1850 was food, shelter, and protection from violence. From 1850 to 1965, the purpose revolved around love and companionship. Nowadays, marriage is all about self-discovery, self-esteem, and personal growth.
Most leaders need to get better at it.
Why “Happy to help?” is literally true A  meta-analysis of the effects of performing acts of kindness on the well-being of the actor
Do acts of kindness improve the well-being of the actor? Recent advances in the behavioural sciences have provided a number of explanations of human s…
You spend years trying to learn new stuff but then look back and realize that maybe like 10 big ideas truly changed how you think and drive most of what you believe. Brent Beshore recently listed the biggest ideas that changed his life. A few of mine: Everyone belongs to a tribe and underestimates…
The 40 elements of value sellers need to understand – they map to Maslow’s pyramid.
The new 2018 Global Digital suite of reports from We Are Social and Hootsuite reveals that there are now more than 4 billion people…
This podcast isn’t easy listening, but the honest, searing look at relationships and human nature is moving, insightful and quite brilliant.
The late Hans Rosling’s book provides a perspective-shifting insight into the things we commonly get wrong about how the world is today
This author thinks that a “deep work” untouchable day is worth 10x the productivity multiplier of a an interrupted, fragmented day. I’d agree.
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