Posts Tagged ‘Amy Cuddy’

THE NO COMPLAINING RULE

June 17, 2015

The title jumped out at me. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but over the years, I had become a negative person. Someone you didn’t want to be around because they find a way to bring you down too. And negativity is infectious. If you consider yourself in this boat, and even if you don’t, read The No Complaining Rule: Positive Ways to Deal with Negativity at Work.

If you are looking for new non-fiction books, there are some good ones out there to read…Becoming Steve Jobs, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, and The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business are all great examples. Yet The No Complaining Rule is a quick read that has the ability to make you happier…almost instantly.  You don’t even have to read the book, just give one exercise a try.

For one week, try not to complain…about anything to anyone. At first it takes a little effort, especially if complaining has become habit, but don’t give up, you will see positive effects in just a day. Get your family, friends, and co-workers to give it a try with you. Just as being negative is infectious, so is being positive!

And speaking of positive tools worth sharing, have you watched this TED Talk from Amy Cuddy on body language http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en?? Nearly 27 million have. If you haven’t, watch it now…and share it, a smile, and have a Coke (for those old enough to remember “Have a Coke and a Smile”).

P.s. Did you know that good friend and Aspen Live family member Greg Schmale is now the VP of Industry Relations at SongKick? Greg puts it this way…”With the recently announced merger between Songkick and CrowdSurge (http://bit.ly/1KThbcv), I’m reinvigorated by the opportunities that lie ahead for the industry and consumers.” You can reach Greg at greg.schmale@songkick.com. Make sure you say congrats!

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SHARING IDEAS

March 29, 2015

Aspen Live, like Allen & Company’s Sun Valley Conference and TED Talks, is about sharing ideas, and we plan to do a lot more of that here (in our newsletter, http://www.liveworksnews.com as well as http://www.aspenlive.com).

In December you will be able to catch highlights from Aspen Live’s 20th Anniversary party.  Till then, we will share information from time-to-time that is worth spreading.  The first is a TED Talk from Harvard Business School’s Amy Cuddy on body language.  Watch it here http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.

Here is a brief explanation from the TED.com site: Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Want to share an idea or submit a guest post?  Please send any and all ideas to jim@liveworksevents.com.

You can and should register for the Aspen Live Conference here: http://www.aspenlive.com.