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15 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
The Madness of Crowds
For centuries, people in crowds have acted irrationally, passionately and violently, even if they didn't start out that way as individuals. This episode looks at the contagion of crowd madness and where it comes from.
15 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
Zoom Gloom – Lessons from Wii Island
One of the key discoveries we made in 2020 about video chat technology was how much it revealed about what was not there: the hum of human presence. We need a technology that helps us not only get through the meetings together but one that will get us through the whole day. If you ever visited Wii Island, you’ll see what I mean.
18 minutes | May 6, 2020
Vivid Dreams in Lockdown
People around the world have reported experiencing more vivid dreams as they endure the COVID-19 lockdown. So why is this? This episode looks at how sleep and dreaming actually work and how we are rediscovering its mechanics due to social isolation.
21 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
The War in My Kitchen
What did people eat back in the 1930’s and 1940’? How did they cook? Becky Brillon has done the research and has created a website, TheWarInMyKitchen.com, as well as a companion cookbook, Generations Cookbook. She discusses what inspired her to research foodie life in the era of Depression and wartime rationing and its impact on us today.
18 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
It's OK To Be Human When You're Online
Socializing through video in the era of the COVID-19 lockdown has given people a new perspective on how to relate to fellow humans, in terms of what we can do online and what we can no longer do in person. My interview with tech design guru Howard Suissa talks about being human online, the future of personal technology, the future legal status of your VR avatar, and even why Blade Runner is better than Star Trek. All of this in 18 minutes.
11 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
I Know What You Did
“I know what you did” is a type of leading phrase that cuts right through to your hidden guilt and fear. It gives the accuser enormous power over you, even if they know nothing about you. It has been used as a source of power throughout history and continues to be so, especially in politics and religion. In this podcast Steve looks at its enormous influential power.
14 minutes | Mar 18, 2020
Keep Calm and Carry On
The growing COVID-19 pandemic presents us with unprecedented levels of fear and uncertainty. In this episode, Steve looks at why the phase “Keep Calm and Carry On” was used during World War II. He describes how your mind will likely react to change, and tips on how to deal with it better.
12 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
Five Benefits of the Work From Home Model
Working from home has been around for a while, and current events are making it more necessary. Now is a good time for managers to see just how good it is for their organization's future. Here are five reasons (and two bonus reasons why working from home and remote work should be encouraged, now and always.
14 minutes | Mar 3, 2020
The Importance of Knowing What You Don't Know
Information no longer comes at us in alphabetical order. It swirls around us on social media, and there's a lot out there that could really help your business or career. Being able to find it is what I call part of "Digital Literacy." Join me as I explain just how to find it.
11 minutes | Jan 14, 2020
The Calendar Crisis
People try their best to plan their days, but then there are those unexpected activities - calls or requests from your boss or customers that throw it all out the window. But it doesn't have to be that way. Humans are hard-wired to react, but when we learn to pro-act, a calendar becomes a tool of influence, and crises need no longer happen. Here's my simple three step plan.
12 minutes | Jan 7, 2020
Why is Cyberhygiene So Hard?
Thinking up passwords is a chore. Two factor authentication is complicated. And hacking and data breaches? They'll never happen to us. That's for the biggest of the big companies. Wrong on all counts. Cyberhygiene, the practice of securing passwords, accounts and devices, is straightforward and easy. It's also vital. Not just at work, but at home, too. We are all connected - like a global game of six degrees of separation, and the bad guys count on you being the weak point that will help them go wherever they want. This 10-minute episode looks at why we feel it is such a chore, and what we should all be doing right now to patch up the security holes that affect us all.
11 minutes | Nov 6, 2019
Influence - the Ultimate Productivity Tool
At the end of every problem, task or opportunity, there is a person waiting for something. This means that the best way to manage stress, time and actual productivity is to ensure you focus on the needs and expectations of that person, and not just the work itself. In this podcast, you will learn four essential techniques for learning how to influence people to help ensure a more productive and healthier workday.
11 minutes | Oct 23, 2019
How to Become an Elite Eating Athlete
Food and exercise. How often have you had to deal with these twin pressures – somehow in the midst of a busy day, we have to find the time and discipline to eat right and get more exercise. According to executive health and longevity expert Tim Bean, there are five key principles of effective nutrition. Get these easy tips down and you will be burning calories like an elite athlete.
11 minutes | Oct 15, 2019
Digital Literacy – a Critical Survival Skill
Thought leaders and research companies that study the future of work state that soft skills, such as critical thinking and empathy will be vital. These techniques will contribute to lifelong learning, enhanced collaboration and even cybersecurity by ensuring people think more before doing, and who seek to connect more efficiently with the people they are communicating with. As AI and machine learning take over more of people's current work responsibilities, it will be "soft" people skills that will become central to each person's professional destiny.
8 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Telepresence Robots and You
Telepresence robots like the Beam and the Double are far more than novelties. People who use them describe them as "transformational" because they combine the best of remote technologies with the immediacy and human connection of face-to-face conversation. Join me for a few minutes to learn more about this next generation of personal productivity tools, and where you can see them in action.
11 minutes | Sep 25, 2019
Your Body: Rocket Science and Weightlifting
Did you know that lifting weights can do more for your body than cardio exercise, and can even help ward off long-term illnesses like dementia? Managing your body IS rocket science, but it's also very achievable and the benefits extend in surprising directions. Listen to my interview with fitness and vitality expert Tim Bean of the Institute of Physique Management as he shares some eye opening facts about weightlifting and fitness for busy professionals.
11 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Dynamic Calendar and Email Management
Email is a necessary tool of day-to-day business. But its candid and immediate nature swallows up a lot of time. In this podcast I want to share with you a method for pairing your email and calendar together in a way that will make your day healthier and more productive and will not leave you having to sacrifice your evening to returning all those messages.
12 minutes | Feb 11, 2019
The Amazing Me Project
Project management is often thought of as something done mainly in construction and IT. But in truth it's a proven and practical way of getting things done, using people, tasks and time. Paul Gallagher is the author of a new book entitled The Amazing Me Project. He describes how using project management techniques like goal setting and collaborating with mentors helped him work through some difficult times and helped him get on track with his work and marathon running goals. He joins me on this podcast to share his experiences and to discuss how his book can help you.
10 minutes | Jan 26, 2019
The Slow Movement and You
People are getting locked inside a loop of surface-level urgencies and are losing the ability to connect creatively with mentors, clients, even their managers. Working days are getting longer, and the separation between work and life is eroding. This, I call, “death-in-harness.” Cool Down takes a look at the Slow movement that is catching on in Japan and Europe, and asks whether it could possibly take root here, and indeed whether it even should. He takes the concept of “Slow” apart and rebuilds it, using terms, case studies and common sense segments that demonstrate clearly that to get further ahead faster, people do actually need to cool down.
10 minutes | Nov 14, 2018
Decompressing - Picture Your Brain as a Bath Sponge
We live in a go-go-go society, where taking breaks or signing off for the day seem like a cop-out. But the brain and body you call home operate on a set of rules far older than any technology you hold in your hands. When you learn to recognize the power of breaks, decompression, and stepping over that line between work and home life, that's when you can truly capitalize on your metabolic strengths and be the best you can be.
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