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 →