From the monthly archives:

May 2009

How can I reduce my stress? (Part II)

by Sam on May 27, 2009

Analysis: As you saw in last week’s brief we are actually focusing on the concept of Margin (from the Richard Swenson book by the same title) rather than stress. Margin is the reserve we have to deal with the challenges thrown at us by a difficult world. Swenson quantifies margin as equaling power minus load. [...]

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How can I reduce my stress?

by Sam on May 20, 2009

Analysis: In his book Margin, Richard Swenson suggests you shouldn’t ask this question. Rather than seek to reduce stress, you should aim to increase margin. Margin is the reserve we have to deal with the challenges thrown at us by a difficult world. It’s the energy you have left to solve one more problem or [...]

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Analysis: Everyone asks questions, but few take the time to assess how effective their queries have been at achieving the goals they had in asking them. Writing the book “What to Ask When You Don’t Know What to Say” in 1993 sensitized me to the impact my questions were having. Since that time, I have [...]

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Analysis: The subtitle of my book, “What to Ask When You Don’t Know What to Say” is “555 Powerful Questions to Use for Getting Your Way at Work.” Sixteen years after its publication I remain committed to the idea that questions are more commanding than statements. I say this for three reasons. First, they’re different; [...]

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