Have You Been Updating Your Skills?

Have You Been Updating Your Skills?   Hope you’re enjoying the summer, wherever you may be.  Summer’s a great time to learn new skills or developing existing ones, whether they’re related to work, your personality or even if it’s just some DIY. Skills like learning how to cook, public speaking, photography, graphic designing, coding, writing,…

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Here’s How You Can Avoid A Common Pitfall

Here’s How You Can Avoid A Common Pitfall   I’ve noticed many would-be startup founders struggle to make the distinction between divergent and convergent thinking, which stifles their creativity and snuffs their progress. Both thinking hats are important… but at different times. Divergent thinking is where you want to explore many possibilities: problems to tackle,…

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Do Your Customers Know They Have a Problem?

Do Your Customers Know They Have a Problem?   I recently read a memo by Stewart Butterfield, founder of the project management platform Slack, which he shared with his team before launching their product. In it he covers his startup philosophy, marketing approach, and some thoughts on product design. It’s an incredible memo and I…

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Learning Life Skills from Children

Learning Life Skills from Children The last two weeks have been pretty eventful here at Sirdab Lab, with the Kidpreneurs Summer Camp running in full swing. If you popped by Sirdab you’d have noticed an entire section of the space turned into an art studio worthy of an amateur artist, fully equipped with paints, brushes,…

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How You can Avoid Experiencing Regret

THE SIRDAB WEEKLY   I’ve been on and off diets for longer than I can remember. I can still recall, as a chubby child, being exploited by my siblings to get them what they wanted around the house: “Don’t you want to lose weight? Then bring me Orangina from the kitchen.” Unhealthy habits are the…

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Reader Tips For Greater Productivity

Reader Tips For Greater Productivity   Wow. I was very impressed with the feedback I received for my last email. Productivity is certainly relevant to many of our readers, and in this newsletter I’ll be sharing some of the best tips I received. But before that: I think it’s really important to organize productivity advice…

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Are You a Productive Person?

Are You a Productive Person?   I recently read an article where the author made the feat of writing a book sound insanely simple. In fact, he claimed he once wrote a book without realizing it! I dismissed the article as being too simplistic, and the advice probably didn’t apply to me. But hours later…

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Should a Leader be Loved or Feared?

Should a Leader be Loved or Feared?   An interesting question was raised during The Salon’s discussion on The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli last week: Would you rather be feared or loved? Though the book was written over 500 years ago, the question can nevertheless be applied to many situations today, including the workplace. Machiavelli…

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