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Retrograde analysis is a technique used by chess players where they determine which moves were played leading up to a given position. As a chess game progresses the chess position gets simpler, there are fewer pieces on the board, until finally there are only a few pieces left in play. According to chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley, when great players play, this final stage determines the winner.

According to Ashley, the two main benefits of studying the end game are: Continue reading How retrograde analysis can increase your effectiveness

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Have you ever wondered:

“How do you influence others?”

“How are you influenced by others?”

“Is there a science behind it or is it an artistic skill to be honed?”

Influencing others isn’t luck or magic, according to Dr. Robert Cialdini. In his book, “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion“, Dr. Cialdini describes six proven ways to effectively influence others. Most people find it difficult to explain why they made a particular decision. This article will summarize the six principles and allow you to identify the underlying factors that influence decisions. Continue reading How to effectively influence people

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Recently I spoke to a friend of mine (let’s say her fictitious name is Jane) who’s currently doing her PhD in engineering immediately after graduating from undergraduate. We were talking about future plans and she told me she felt nervous and scared when thinking about the future. Jane said the job market was scary and she had no idea how to go about getting a job after graduation.

I was surprised that an intelligent and qualified person such as herself felt she didn’t have many options. In this article, I’ll use her example to demonstrate that there is really nothing to fear about the future as long as we are proactive in our approach to life and all her mysteries. Continue reading Thinking proactively increases effectiveness

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Recently, I realized that my work space and general living space was messy. The thought of cleaning and arranging everything at once seemed overwhelming. I noticed the clutter was not conducive to creating a studious environment, and this was affecting my productivity. Luckily, I’ve been reading about Kaizen and applied it to get the results I wanted (a tidy living space).

Continue reading How continuous improvement can increase your effectiveness

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Almost every day after work, I went to the gym from 6.30 to 8.30 every weekday. Right after the gym, I’d settle down and watch TV for a few hours before going to sleep. I went through a busy period at work, and I noticed I went to the gym less frequently. However, I was watching the same amount of TV or more per week.

I became curious. Why did the frequency of me going to gym decrease, and why was I watching the same amount of TV, or more, per week? I knew it had something to do with my habits and I expected to learn a few things. However, after researching habits, what I found blew my mind and changed my life! Continue reading How to build habits that last

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