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10 Things you need to stop doing today to be happier.

Great article that my mother-in-law shared on behaviours* that are destructive to our own happiness.

  1. Stop complaining.
  2. Stop Judging.
  3. Stop avoiding your fear.
  4. Stop being so hard on yourself.
  5. Stop being negative.
  6. Stop caring about what other people think of you.
  7. Stop worrying about the small stuff.
  8. Stop needing to be right all the time.
  9. Stop blaming others.
  10. Stop living in the past or the future.

Reach the whole thing: at Elephant Journal.

  • Excuse the u, I am in London at the moment…

How to Create Better Relationships

Read a great article about creating better relationships– the highlights:

  1. Treat other people as you would like to be treated.
  2. Truly listen.
  3. Be assertive.
  4. Remember to give the small gifts of kindness.
  5. Mix things up.
  6. Have human standards.
  7. Focus on solutions, instead of arguing on and on.

These are, individually, all things that I’ve tried to work on for years. This article does a great job at helping you think about the way that others perceive you, and the way that you communicate. Read the whole article here…

How terrible products get built

The story of the Pontiac Aztek

Pontiac-Aztek-INLINE-626x352These things require a culture of complete acquiescence and intimidation, led by a strong dictatorial individual who wants it that way.

The danger with the totalitarian management style is that people won’t speak up when there’s a problem. They’ll get their heads cut off or the messenger gets shot.

From the project leader on the Aztek:

We’ve all made up our minds that the Aztek is gonna be a winner. It’s gonna astound the world. I don’t want any negative comments about this vehicle. None. Anybody who has bad opinions about it, I want them off the team.

Teams need to be a safe place for people to have opinions, and good leaders need to be able to hear those opinions and evaluate them without ego or hubris getting in the way.

Read the entire article from Car and Driver

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