Category: Problem Solving

Workshop: Job Stress Management

Wednesday August 16, 11am-1pm (Portland, OR). Is your job causing you a lot of unhealthy stress? In my last post, I wrote about the “Sort and Tackle” Technique, and how and why it can improve your stress levels at work. You

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Posted in Career Decisions, Conflict Resolution, Counseling/Coaching, Job Satisfaction, Problem Solving, Productivity, Stress Management

How to Manage Stress at Work

If your job is causing you a lot of stress, you’re not alone. In a 2014 survey in the US, almost a third (31%) of the workers reported that they typically feel tense or stressed out during the work day. This number

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Posted in Achieving Goals, Career Decisions, Job Satisfaction, Problem Solving, Procrastination, Productivity, Self-Assessments, Stress Management

German Translations of Decision Coaching Methods

(And you’ll also find some similar resources in English.) I’m excited about my upcoming opportunity this month to teach several postgraduate seminars to career counselors in Switzerland again. The topic will be decision coaching methods: how to apply decision support tools in a

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Valentine’s Special: Chocolate and Coaching

I’m offering a new coaching package for couples. Could you use some help improving your shared time management, figuring out priorities, getting better organized together? If you sign up for your first exploratory Strategy Session before Valentine’s Day, you’ll receive a box

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Summer Reading List

Some book recommendations on decision making, innovation and productivity: Kayt Sukel (2016) The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance A very readable overview of current research on the neuroscience of risk, illustrated with personal stories and some inspiring interviews

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Posted in Book Recommendations, Creativity, Decision-Making, Problem Solving, Risk and Uncertainty

The Power of Decision Tables

Have you ever used pros and cons lists to help you make difficult decisions? After reading this post, I hope you’ll give up those lists in favor of a much more powerful thinking tool: the decision table. Here’s how decision tables work, in

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You Are on the Fastest Route

Did you notice? You are always on the fastest route. The past detours, U-turns, missed exits; do not change the fact that you are, NOW, on the fastest route, as long as you know where to go next. by Ursina

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Decision Trees Made Easy

Decision Tree for a 10-Year Old This may well be the most unusual article I’ve ever come across in any peer-reviewed journal (it was published in a great open access journal, so you can get the full text pdf here): Mullin,

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Help Me Test a New Coaching Tool

I’m looking for a few volunteers to test a new coaching tool that I might use in online coaching sessions. I’ve recently discovered this collaborative brainstorming platform: Stormboard. It lets you organize virtual sticky notes on a shared screen.Since some

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Quotes: One-Armed Economist

“Bring me a one-handed economist! All my economists say, ‘on the one hand…on the other’.” — Attributed to U.S. President Harry Truman “Calculating expected value is the best way to get a ‘one-armed economist ‘out of a ‘two-armed’ one, a

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Posted in Decision-Making, Financial Decisions, Problem Solving, Risk and Uncertainty, Strategic Planning