Why nice people finish first

Do nice guys (people) finish last? You might not be surprised to learn there’s a Wikipedia page all about this, almost certainly written by some really nice people. The Jordan Petersons of this world make a strong case that agreeableness is detrimental to success at work — after all, if you’re a rudderless doormat and don’t work for […]

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Recession-proof yourself

I’ve heard whispers a recession is coming. And not just in the UK: it sounds like might well be a global one. A recession generally means everyone’s spending less, buying less, and paying their staff less. Intensely creative people can have enough trouble making enough money during fruitful economic periods, right? It doesn’t sound like great news. Trying to look on the […]

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Do it when you don’t want to

Passion is a popular idea, isn’t it? There’s no shortage of ideas out there about how to find your true passion, honouring that passion and generally forcing yourself to somehow become more and more impossibly passionate about doing some chore, day in day out, for the rest of your life. There are a few voices of caution […]

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Familiarity is the key to social media success

The rise of social media is often viewed with suspicion, because it does something funny to relationships. On the one hand, we worry it’s an impoverished, false version of friendship. But on the other, it’s horribly raw. You can pour your heart out, and people you don’t even know can read it and say the […]

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But have you asked?

We don’t like asking for stuff. Perhaps we think that if one asks for something, it means one can’t get it any other way. I think this is one of the misconceptions about pay rises. I’ve asked for a rise just once in my career, because I felt my salary was too low for what […]

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The truth about cooperation

Stage fright is usually cast as an irrational fear of the mob. The audience are the intimidating thing — a sea of faces triggering a fairly primal fight or flight response. But for performers without audiences, like TV actors, fear of performing means something else, something closer to the fear we might face every time we try […]

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Why creative people give up

Why do we stop doing things we want to do? Traditional wisdom suggests three main reasons: It’s the wrong level of challenge It’s the wrong time to do it We’ve lost sight of the purpose All of this is common sense, really, and quite treatable. But when you’re living a very creative life, I think […]

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Why creativity is really about risk-taking

In this week’s episode of the HC Masterclass podcast, I tried to find a definition of creativity. I started out wondering if it’s about risk-taking and problem-solving, and ended up… well, you’ll have to listen! The highly creative guests on the documentary talk about the thrill of creativity. We hear a lot about ‘the creative process’ […]

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Don’t be grateful, be generous

It’s not exactly news that our society prizes the individual. Blame what you like: Baby Boomers, Thatcher, the digital revolution, the stock market, Trump, Millennials, the fall of the British Empire–but here we are. It seems to be entirely at odds with causes like environmentalism (which explains how bad things have got) and at its […]

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