Are You Open-Minded?

Open mindedness is the willingness to listen to and consider opposing or contradictory views. People who are open minded are receptive to fresh ideas even if those ideas challenge their strongly held beliefs. Furthermore people who are open minded are willing to admit that they can be wrong. On the other hand people with closed minds do not contemplate ideas that contradict their fundamental beliefs.... Read More--

Because we place more value on recent information we fall into the trap of the Availability Error

If you are driving and pass an accident on the road you will probably slow down and drive more safely for a while. A similar thing happens if you pass a police car. When people hear about a burglary they are more inclined to lock their doors and windows. When they hear about a lottery win they are more likely to buy a ticket. When asked to rate the probability of different causes of death people tend... Read More--

What is Emotional Intelligence – and Do You Have Any?

It has often been observed that very intelligent people are not necessarily good at handling people and their feelings. Indeed it is one of the reasons why intelligence alone does not lead to success. The concept of emotional intelligence addresses this issue. Emotional intelligence (EI) is defined as the capacity to see, understand and manage the emotions of one’s self, of others, and of groups.... Read More--

Set Yourself Goals in these Six Areas

Do you write your goals on paper? Many people set themselves no goals at all. Others have a few vague goals in their minds. All the evidence shows that people who write down their objectives are more likely to achieve them than those who do not write anything down. Successful people set themselves clear written goals and then break them down into manageable intermediate targets so that they can measure... Read More--

10 Questions to Ask Yourself before you Start your own Business

It is generally agreed that we need more business start-ups. Small businesses are engines for economic growth, innovation and employment. We need more entrepreneurial activity and that means more individuals taking the dangerous, difficult and courageous decision to start their own business. How do you go about starting a new business? Well obviously you need a good idea. Once you have one I recommend... Read More--

Three Simple Steps to Boost your Self-Esteem

Try these three actions to increase your confidence Life can be a tough journey. Everyone gets down from time to time. For some people it is a minor blip but others slip into a trough of depression from which they struggle to emerge. Whatever state you are in it is good to give your self-esteem and confidence an occasional boost. Here are three simple things you can do to re-energise your batteries. 1.... Read More--

The Six Best Ways to become Rich

We tend to assume that if we work hard and save money then one day we will end up wealthy. This is wishful thinking. We are more likely to end up with some modest but useful savings. If you want to accumulate serious wealth then there a number of approaches you can use and some are much more effective than others. The best ways are as follows: 1.  Start your own business and eventually sell it. ... Read More--

How to Think what Nobody Else Thinks

How can you think of things that no-one else thinks of? The answer is by deliberately taking a different approach to the issue from everyone else. There are dominant ideas in every field. The innovative thinker purposefully challenges those dominant ideas in order to conceive new possibilities. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, who discovered Vitamin C, said, ‘Genius is seeing what everyone... Read More--

Make Email your Servant not your Master

Let’s be clear. Your email is not your work; it is simply a tool to help you do your work. But like any tool it can be ineffective or even dangerous when used wrongly. Here is how to make email your servant not your master. 1. Check your email inbox at set intervals. Do not have your email on and active in front of you all the time. For most people it is better to check email no more than three... Read More--

Trust your Intuition

MBA students are taught to treat business in a rational, scientific way. They analyse situations, develop financial models, critically examine management decisions and logically examine different scenarios. When they emerge from the hallowed halls of academia they are often surprised to find that businesses run much less on logic and much more on emotion. It is not cold, intelligent analysis that drives... Read More--