Powerhouse

25Jan 2016
Productive Working

It’s very easy, in the cold winter months, to slip into lethargy. Rest and relaxation are good: coasting is not. Either take a deliberate break, or get on with making a difference. Here are ten habits that will keep you at your most productive. Start with Sleep High levels of productivity require energy, concentration and willpower. And […]

21Jan 2015
Duncker's Candle, matches and thumb tacks

  There is a classic psychology test, known as Duncker’s candle problem, in which subjects are given a candle, a box of matches and some drawing pins (thumb tacks). The task is to fix a lit candle onto a cork-board on the wall so the candle won’t drip wax onto the table below. The test […]

07Jan 2015
Blow your own trumpet

When you score a success in anything, it can be hard to resist a little sense of pride in your effectiveness and productivity. Indeed, in terms of motivation, this pride is a good thing: becoming more conscious of what you achieve can boost your self-confidence, possibly leading to better performance and thus more success. But […]

03Dec 2014
5 Powerhouse Thinking Modes

The human brain has a number of different modes of thinking, which I characterize as Click, Bubble, Hum, Squeak and Sigh. These are just a helpful model of complex set of brain functions that, we continue to discover, are deeply interconnected. Take, for example, an experiment carried out by researchers at the University of Amsterdam, […]

12Nov 2014

People like me, who train speakers and write books like ‘How to Speak so People Listen’ are fond of the advice to use metaphors to spice up your language and make people more receptive to your message. And I stand by that advice. But I recently came upon some experimental data that ups the stakes […]