Archive for the ‘Anecdotes’ Category

150 – In praise of small stories

A slight change in mindset can improve your entire day. Listen to hear some examples of small stories that have a big impact.

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Replay 112 – FedEx helicopter story absolutely positively flies

If you give your employees guiding principles rather than rules, they will do amazing things. We replay Doug Keeley’s favourite business story of all time.

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149 – Natural selection of the fittest story

If you want to change someone’s mind, you need to find a range of stories, not just one. Listen to hear how Charles Darwin formulated and gained support for his theory of evolution.

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147 – The chemistry of hot and cold states

Context and emotional state determine success, so when stakes are high, consider simulating the scenario as best you can. Listen to hear how a premier league soccer coach did just that.

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146 – The Assistant Director’s cut

Trust those around you; as a leader, you don’t always need to make the final decision. Listen to hear how an actor handles starring in and directing a movie.

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145 – Dark mansions made of cubes and squares

When you start something, stick with it until you finish it. Listen to hear how an English mathematician solved the world’s longest-standing maths problem. Shawn …

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144 – Science warms up to story

To build trust, you need to share emotional information. Listen to hear how three studies found a link between oxytocin and behaviour change.

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Replay 107 – You just might do it if you don’t know you can’t

Mindset has an incredible impact on performance. Listen to hear how George Dantzig solved two famously unsolvable mathematics problems.

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143 – Not exactly a man cave

You don’t know when your unique combination of skills will be needed. Listen to hear the story behind the miraculous rescue of thirteen boys from a Thai cave system.

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Replay 075 – Conflict is essential to collaboration

The barriers that women face hold all of us back. Listen to hear how Dr Alice Stewart overcame all sorts of obstacles to find a correlation between x-raying pregnant women and childhood cancer.

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