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Deep Work by Cal Newport

31. Deep Work by Cal Newport

In an age where distraction lies around every corner being able to perform ‘deep work’ is more valuable than ever. In his bestselling book ‘Deep Work’ Cal Newport puts forward 4 reasons why we should strive to do deep work and then provides rules for how we can achieve it. Newport says that ‘Deep Work’ is valuable, rare and meaningful. Get on our newsletter for exclusive content and offers: https://usebecause.com/subscribe/

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30. Atomic Habits by James Clear

Habits can serve us when they help us to achieve our goals. But they can also hold us back from getting where we need to get to. In Atomic Habits, the author James Clear builds on another great book about this topic (The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg) and delves into what causes us to develop habits in the first place. And then most importantly he discusses what he considers the four steps to build excellent habits. Get on our newsletter for exclusive content and offers: https://usebecause.com/subscribe/

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Radical Candor by Kim Scott

29. Radical Candor by Kim Scott

Being radically candid is ensuring that you are clear in your communication while genuinely caring about your direct reports. In this episode we go into the details about how to build these radically candid relationship.s Get on our newsletter for exclusive content and offers: https://usebecause.com/subscribe/

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28. The Ostrich Paradox by Robert Meyer & Howard Kunreuther

Leadership is hard. What are the traits you should look to emulate from others? How will you know you are doing a good job? Another question is how do you prepare for inevitable disasters? In their book The Ostrich Paradox the authors Robert Meyer & Howard Kunreuther discuss this aspect of underpreparation in depth. We as individuals, organisations and societies generally underprepare for disasters. In this podcast episode we take a peek inside their findings and discuss the 6 biases that they say lead to this lack of preparation. Whether you are new to leadership or are looking to audit your skill set, this episode has something for you. Get on our newsletter for exclusive content and offers: https://usebecause.com/subscribe/

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

27. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

We all have vices, habits and routines that we would like to wrestle back under our control. Why is it that some people and companies struggle for years to enact real and lasting change where as others seemingly perform the desired change overnight? Author Charles Duhigg goes deep on the mechanics of habit, how they are formed and more importantly how they are permanently changed…. Never miss an episode subscribe to our mailing list at UseBecause.com/subscribe

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Mash up: Leadership

26. Mash Up: Leadership. Legacy by James Kerr Vs. The Captain Class by Sam Walker

Two books, one topic. When it comes to leadership can there ever be consensus? In both of these books there is a lot of overlap in what the authors consider and look for in a leader. Namely, it is not the charismatic superstar or the one who give rousing speeches. It is more subtle than that. When you are looking for a leader you are looking for the one who will perform very specific tasks….

Legacy: Learn to lead like an All Black. 15 key components from the inner workings of the greatest team in Rugby. In this episode we dive into how the All Blacks cultivated an atmosphere of humility and self-discipline both on and off the pitch and used it as a strength to conquer their sport.

The Captain Class: There is a wealth of information on what leadership looks like. But I really believe this book hits upon an aspect of leadership that you might not have considered. Author Sam Walker devised stringent criteria for choosing 16 top performing sports teams and asked himself a very definite question – ‘What, if anything, do these teams have in common?’.

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25. The Captain Class by Sam Walker

There is a wealth of information on what leadership looks like. But I really believe this book hits upon an aspect of leadership that you might not have considered. Author Sam Walker devised stringent criteria for choosing 16 top performing sports teams and asked himself a very definite question – ‘What, if anything, do these teams have in common?’. His discoveries are insightful because they are unexpected but when you hear what he figured out about what real leaders are you cannot help but think ‘Of course that’s what a leader is!’

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24. Mash up: Sense Making -Vs.- A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics

In ‘Sensemaking’ author Christian Madsbjerg suggests that big data was supposed to have all the answers…but then it didn’t. And in ‘A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics’ author Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist addresses the question…Are you constantly bombarded with data, facts and statistics?Daniel Levitin shows us how to interpret statistics to enable you to make quicker, more laser focused, better-informed decisions to ultimately simplify your life. And in Sensemaking Christian Madsbjerg discusses the role the humanities have in the age of the algorithm. We look at the 5 principles for understanding the data we receive and the 4 ways to structure your knowledge.

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23. A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics by Daniel Levitin

Are you constantly bombarded with data, facts and statistics? In this episode we discuss ‘A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics’ by Daniel Levitin, neuroscientist, shows us how to interpret statistics to enable you to make quicker, more laser focused, better-informed decisions to ultimately simplify your life.

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22. Mash up: Negotiation. Never Split the Difference vs. Getting to Yes.

Mash-up episode where we compare two books on the same topic. First up we look at two approaches to Negotiation … One author studied the elements of a successful negotiation extensively in a lab and the other put his life on the line by learning how to do it the hard way. Who is right?

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Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan

21. Putting Stories to Work by Shawn Callahan

Stories can be used to persuade, inspire, correct mistruths, counter negative rumours, provide clarity and more *but* only when done correctly. There is a structure for each type of story you need to tell and you can learn these structures.

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20. Sensemaking by Christian Madsbjerg

Big data was supposed to have all the answers…but then it didn’t. In this episode we discuss the role the humanities have in the age of the algorithm. We look at the 5 principles for understanding the data we receive and the 4 ways to structure your knowledge. Also, we talk about fencing(!?!)….en garde!

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19. Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss

Hands-on advice about how to negotiate your way to success from an FBI hostage negotiator. Learn the principles for all negotiation whether it’s in the office, the home….or a hostage stand-off!

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18. Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

In this episode we explore the ways in which failure, despite all the shame and pain associated with it, is actually one of our greatest assets.

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17. Reasons You Might Feel Bad, part 1

In this new series of minicasts we look at why you might feel stuck in your life, the reasons for it and how to overcome it. We begin with a dive into a part of the mind that develops around the age of 5 years old called the Critical Faculty.

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16. Getting to Yes; Negotiating an agreement without giving in

Getting to Yes; Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In is considered the reference for successful negotiations. It presents proven tools and techniques that can help you to resolve any conflict and find win-win solutions.

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15. 1st course is here!

This short episode introduces our first course based on The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you truly want to begin taking control of your life and career and are not sure where to begin. It is this book, this course, these 7 habits and their surrounding ideas. Go here and get it.

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14. Legacy by James Kerr

In this episode we dive into how the All Blacks cultivated an atmosphere of humility and self-discipline both on and off the pitch and used it as a strength to conquer their sport.

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14. Legacy by James Kerr

In this episode we dive into how the All Blacks cultivated an atmosphere of humility and self-discipline both on and off the pitch and used it as a strength to conquer their sport.

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13. How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie

Everything from using a persons name to have to avoid and argument. Vital listening for anyone who wants to learn to be more persuasive.

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12. The Wisdom of Psychopaths + The Good Psychopaths guide to Success

In this podcast we delve into what those characteristics are and how to apply them. This episode covers two books that are essentially two sides of the same coin.

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11. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion By Robert Cialdini, Ph.D.

What makes someone say yes to another person? What are the weapons of influence? According to Cialdini there are 6 core principles of persuasion.

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10. Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

What is the meaning of life? Who knows but Dr. Seuss has hit on something in this book. Although aimed at young children, look past the colourful pictures and crazy rhyming and see the real message about how your life might go.

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9. To Sell is Human by Dan Pink, part 3

In this final part of this mini series we discover how Pixar can help you persuade someone, how improv class can help your sales technique and the true meaning behind sales.

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8. To Sell is Human By Dan Pink, Part 2.

The Glengarry Glen Ross approach of ABC… Always-Be-Closing is gone because we have information parity. Dan Pink puts forward a new ABC… Attunement, Buoyancy, Clarity.

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7. To Sell is Human By Dan Pink, Part 1.

In his bestseller To Sell is Human, Dan Pink gives us an insight into how sales has changed, he provides a set of tools to succeed in this new era of sales and reveals tips and exercises to navigate this landscape.

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6. Mastery by Robert Greene

In his book Mastery Robert Greene goes deep on how some people become masters of their chosen field and he breaks down the common process that can be extracted from watching their rise.

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5. Explode your memory in 20 minutes

Part of our learning solution is to include memory techniques so that you have the information you need in your mind hen you need it, not scribbled in a notebook in a drawer or in an app.

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4. The 7 Habit of Highly Effective People – Sharpen the Saw

In this episode we discuss the 4 dimensions of looking after yourself.
1. Physical
2. Spiritual
3. Mental
4. Social/emotional

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3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Think Win/Win

In 1997 a 19 year old decided to approach Wal-Mart to sell her pumpkins and watermelons. This is the story of how she build a successful partnership with on of Stephen Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Think Win/Win

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1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Be Proactive

Kicking off our 7 Habits of Highly Effective People series, our founder Kevin gives a sneak insight to the first lesson, ‘Be Proactive’. Have a listen and lets us know what you think.

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Introduction to UseBecause.com

In this episode our founder explains why we exist and the concept behind what we do.

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