7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose

From Mark Manson: We exist on this earth for some undetermined period of time. During that time we do things. Some of these things are important. Some of them are unimportant. And those important things give our lives meaning and happiness. The unimportant ones basically just kill time.

So when people say, “What should I do with my life?” or “What is my life purpose?” what they’re actually asking is: “What can I do with my time that is important?” · Go to 7 strange questions that help you find your life purpose →

The ten habits of terrible listeners

From Andrew Sobel: Most people are poor listeners. What’s worse, as we get older and more experienced, it actually gets harder to listen. In any area you may work in, there are a limited set of problems that you will encounter. Once you’ve seen them all and solved them, you want to get right down to work when you run into one of them again. It feels like having to listen to others just slows things down. · Go to The ten habits of terrible listeners →

Questions to ask when reviewing a design

From Jason Fried 37signals: I’ve been thinking more about how I review a design – both my own and someone else’s. So over the past couple days I’ve been writing down every question I’ve been asking when I look at a design-in-progress. Some of these I say out loud, some just go through my head, some are in person, others are posted to Basecamp or Campfire. · Go to Questions to ask when reviewing a design →

Instead of asking, “How’s it going?” try this instead

From Tim Sanders: Talking about how bad the economy is constitutes a sideways conversation. You cannot be afraid enough of the future to make it better – in fact, you'll often make it worse. Dale Carnegie trained his YMCA students in the 30's to ignite positive conversations by opening with "what's the good word?".  It changes the conversation, the mood and the direction of the talk. You could also ask people the following: What are enthused about these days? What are your working on these days? Tell me something interesting, I'm dying to hear about something new and cool. · Go to Instead of asking, “How’s it going?” try this instead →

The art of asking good questions

From Valeria Maltoni: Two ingredients to a good conversation are a subject that has done interesting things, and has an intriguing point of view, and a set of questions that demonstrate the interviewer is interested in exploring some of those projects and has a certain point of view.

I'm thinking about Terry Gross at NPR and Charlie Rose with PBS. · Go to The art of asking good questions →

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Peter Senge: The ecology of leadership

From Leader to Leader Journal: In the past 5 years, corporate leaders have talked more about learning and development than in the previous 50. But the discussion inspires frustration as well as hope. Senior executives invariably want to know, "How do I build a learning organization?" It is the most frequent question I am asked, but it is the wrong question, for two reasons. First, it implies that the president or CEO can singlehandedly make changes in an organization's genetic code. Second, it suggests that building a learning organization (and learning itself) involves a definitive formula rather than an ongoing process. · Go to Peter Senge: The ecology of leadership →