Fighting Advice Overload: It’s Time to Build a Better Business Internet

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The following is an excerpt from my weekly newsletter about questioning conventional thinking at work. To receive Monday’s email, subscribe at unthinkable.fm Last week, I saw a headline on Medium that stopped me dead in my tracks: Why Being an A-Type Person Is the Quickest Way to Lose in Life Naturally, I started cramming Post-It Notes into my mouth to … Read More

Enough of the Guru Worship: Why We Should Demote Our Favorite Experts

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We hear it all the time: We live and work in the “Information Age.” And most of the time, this is something to celebrate! We have more access, more ways to self-express, more choice, more technology, and more opportunities. It’s great! But… The Information Age has a dark side: Advice Overload. It’s just so easy to do commodity work today. … Read More

Where the Risk-Takers, Visionaries, and Creators Start Their Work

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We call the show “Unthinkable” because anytime someone uses their intuition, it feels like they did something crazy. Maybe they broke from conventional thinking — that alone feels pretty unthinkable in many jobs and industries. Maybe they came up with an incredible idea in an instant — that can be tough to understand from the outside looking in. Or maybe … Read More

The Green Smoothie Problem: Why Others Don’t Buy Your Ideas

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Ever excitedly share an idea with a teammate, boss, or client that’s met with such horror that you wonder if you’d accidentally suggested clubbing baby seals? Oh! Uhhh, yeah me neither. But, like, you HAVE received some confusing or hesitant looks, right? Right. Okay. Same page. Because it’s just so easy for us to share our ideas, only for others … Read More

Using Intuition as Your Unfair Advantage at Work

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Intuition gets a bad rap in the working world. We associate it with gut feelings, snap judgments, perhaps the Muse — all things that we assume aren’t as powerful as rational thought. But what if your intuition IS rational? Maybe it IS a function of logic, it’s just that it happens at such an exponentially fast rate that we can’t … Read More

Why Experts Thrive Instead of You (HINT: It’s Not “Hustle”)

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Along with the Information Age came a dark side: Advice Overload. It is easier than ever before to find and follow someone else’s answers rather than sit with a problem, think critically, talk to those you wish to serve, or run a few tests. Rather than operating in a constant questioning state, many of us default to an answer-first state. … Read More

In a Sea of Sameness, Use This Tool to Stand Out

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Marketers today obsess over the idea of a “noisy world,” but noise is not the problem — sameness is. Picture everybody you’re competing with playing piano in a giant concert hall. If you walked in and started playing piano yourself, you’d be contributing more noise to the room, and you’d go unnoticed. But if you started shredding some sweet electric … Read More

The Expert’s Answers Aren’t Actually Answers At All

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Everybody is an expert in something … at least that’s what they say. Now, full disclosure: I don’t actually know if they say that. I only know that, when I don’t know something, adding “that’s what they say” can be shorthand for “experts think this, so I’m right.” But is that true? In this Information Age, when everybody can find … Read More