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🦆 Tip: If you’re feeling stuck, talk to a rubber duck (really!).

If you’re stuck on a problem—say, you can’t figure out how to write a difficult email or you’re confused about how to best make your next presentation—try “rubber duck debugging,” a trick from Reddit user Safkan04. You simply get a rubber duck and explain your problem to it in detail. Yep, it’s weird, but strangely effective. As the redditor explains, when you verbalize a problem, your mind often finds new solutions. Note: If you don’t have a rubber duck, no problem. …


Ask yourself the ‘Miracle Questions’

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Often, when we’re feeling stuck, it’s because we can’t see beyond what’s in front of us. Our brains fall into the same old ways of thinking, which can continue indefinitely — unless we find new ways to challenge them and interrupt the pattern.

Through studying solution-based therapy, which helps people solve problems by focusing on the present rather than looking to their past, I learned about the power of the “Miracle Questions,” a set of questions that can help you uncover your greatest values and desires, and find creative ways to live in alignment with them. …


Small actions can have an outsize impact

An adult woman on the phone looking at her laptop on the dining table while her son uses a digital tablet.
An adult woman on the phone looking at her laptop on the dining table while her son uses a digital tablet.
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Let’s face it: Things weren’t exactly feeling cheerful for most of us before the coronavirus hit, what with a fraught election, the climate crisis, and — well, you can choose whichever social issue currently troubles you most. There’s no shortage.

Add a global pandemic, and it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a leadership vacuum right now. Trust of elected officials is near an all-time low. Our faith in business, media, and NGOs isn’t exactly soaring, either.

But too often, people take an overly narrow view of what leadership really is. At the risk of sounding like one of…


Stuck on a hard problem? The director of MIT’s Leadership Center says you might just need to reframe it.

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Trace the origin story of any creative breakthrough and it is possible to find the point where someone changed the question. I have seen this as a longtime student of innovation; the stories in that realm abound.

For example, consider the origins of the snapshot. Photography had been invented well before 1854, when Kodak founder George Eastman was born, and he took an interest in it as a young man. But as he prepared to take an international trip at age 24, Eastman found it was too much of an undertaking to pack along the elaborate and expensive equipment. The…

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