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Want To Know Yourself Better? Blockchain Can Help.

The inefficiency in the medical space has hampered the ability for healthcare data to be safely shared and efficiently moved by providers, hospitals and individuals. Blockchain can change that. Powered by WPeMatico

Five Tips to Be a Better Negotiator by @vmcntosh

by Victoria McIntosh | Featured Contributor Negotiation is a skill set that can be tough to master, but worth having in your back pocket no matter where you decide to go in life. Whether you find yourself in the boardroom making deals, running for office to bring positive change to the community, dealing with staff or getting ready to ask for a well-deserved raise, the power to negotiate is the life skill at some point everyone will need in their career. Unfortunately, negotiating is also a tough wall to climb for women: not only does the data show we don’t do it nearly enough, but there can be nasty consequences even when we do step up. It’s not just a fear of backlash or stepping out of turn, it can be a very real way to damage reputation, hurt new job prospects and be seen as less of a team-player. Negotiations then, need to be done so the party on the other side hears a clear message: ”it’s not just good for me, it’s good for you too.” In their international bestseller Getting to Yes Roger Fisher and William Try recommend what they call ‘negotiation on the merits’, breaking down added talk to focus on what issues are really at the table, and get involved in what Harvard Business Review call “joint problem solving”. With a true negotiation strategy, the objective is not to win or concede, but to work out a plan so that everyone can get more of what they want. Whether you’re involved in international diplomacy, settling a dispute or looking for an increase in salary, here are five strategies to take the next time you find yourself at the bargaining table. Prepare for the People Problem Human beings live tangled lives at the best of times, and how a situation appears on your end could be a completely different story to the person on your end. Different viewpoints and backgrounds will always be part of negotiations, because the agreements are being made by people in the first place. Michael Wheeler, a professor at Harvard Business School,…

Live.Life.Better. – A clutter-free life

This week’s Live.Life.Better. episode is dedicated to clutter busting and spring cleaning – but how can we make a clutter-free life something that we cary through the whole year round? To help find the answers, Melissa Hemsley is joined by authors Sheila Chandra (Banish Clutter Forever) and Emma Gannon (Ctrl, Alt; Delete) who share practical tips. Plus we hear from Japanese bestseller Shoukei Matsumoto, with excerpts from his audiobook, A Monk’s Guide to a Clean House and Mind. If you’d like a new episode packed full of self-improvement advice sent directly to you every two weeks, head over to iTunes or Acast in order to subscribe. You can also browse previous episodes right here. llb_spring_clean_1a.jpg Image credit: Emma Gannon, Sheila Chandra and Melissa Hemsley Powered by WPeMatico

Two Powerful Strategies to Live Better and Be More Productive

When I think about strategies for better living, I consider the rule of E: efficiency, effectiveness, and essentialism. Recently, I’ve been on a kick about cultivating deep focus. In the age of social media and modern technology, we’ve lost the ability to focus. Which is why I’ve made it my aim to be more mindful. “Mindfulness” is a hot topic these days, and while more and more people are reading about it, it’s popularity has paradoxically rendered it devoid of meaning. Tim Ferriss defines “mindfulness” as a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive. That’s a good definition, so let’s go with it. Being non-reactive is essential for deep focus in a world in which we’re constantly beleaguered by inputs that distract us, sap our mental energy, and decrease our intellectual output. Speaking of focus and intellectual output, I’ve also been on a pretty big reading kick recently. A world class expert will work for 30 years to figure something out, completely devoting her entire life to one particular question — and you can get all of her knowledge on that subject in a 200 page book that can be read in a weekend. And all for $10-$15. Pretty good deal.   That is, of course, IF you can focus! Which brings us full circle back to mindfulness. If you want to read a lot, you have to cultivate “a present state awareness that helps you be non-reactive” so that you can actually pay attention to the lines on the page and not your iPhone.   I do not view reading as a leisure activity. It’s serious work—deep work crucial to the success of my business—and it takes effort. Recently, I’ve committed to two practices that have synergistically helped me focus more deeply (effective), read more efficiently, and be more mindful (essential). Short-Term Skill: How to 2x your reading speed   Here’s how you get a LOT of reading done very quickly. Buy the regular book (hardcover or paperback) and then get the unabridged audio version on Audible. Sit down, open the physical book and simultaneously crank the speed…

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