How I Decide What To Read

in ask berkun, Books, Writing Well

This month I’m posting every day, taking the top voted question from readers and answering it.  With 37 votes, today’s winner was: How do you decide what to read? From what I can tell, you are a voracious reader. Do you read just one book at a time, or multiple books at a time? Advantages or […]

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Why It’s Ok To Be Average

in ask berkun, reader's choice

This month I’m posting every day, picking the top voted reader question and answering it. With 41 votes, submitted by Carey, is: What is your advice to a guy who truly DON’T feel a calling/urge/nudge to be any other than an average Joe who loves his family? My interest in this question is based on […]

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How to Overcome Cynicism

in ask berkun, reader's choice

This month I’m posting every day, picking the top voted question from readers and answering it.  With 54 votes, today’s winner was: How do you overcome cynicism in an environment determined to maintain it? You overcome a toxic environment by walking out the door. Unless you happen to be a powerful person in the organization, it is […]

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Why I’m Posting daily in January 2014

in ask berkun

I love writing by assignment, especially challenges that test my limits. I’m grateful to you readers for helping me out over the years, as many of the 1400+ posts here were responses to questions you asked (see reader’s choice to see them). This year I created an easy way for you to submit questions and vote […]

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Why do we accept bad systems?

in ask berkun, Philosophy

Each week I take the top voted question from readers and answer it.  With 45 votes, this week’s winner was “Why do we accept and perpetuate bad systems?” by Peter Saumur: Examples – 2 lanes of checkout on a busy day. Automated parking systems that break down with no backup. Sitting in traffic for over an hour […]

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Are Hospitals More Important Than Art?

in art, ask berkun, reader's choice

Each week I take the top voted question from readers and answer it (submit yours here).  With 35 votes, this week’s winner was “Are Hospitals More Important Than Art?” submitted by awesome reader Sara Vermeylen. Questions like this are fun, even if absurd. Like Street Smarts vs. Book Smarts, it’s a kind of false dichotomy. But like the […]

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What is the meaning of life? (and why do people keep asking)

in ask berkun, Philosophy

Each week I take the top voted topic from readers and answer it.  With 45 votes, this week’s winner was “What is the meaning of life (and why do people continually ask this question).” I’ve yet to hear my dog ask this question. He seems pretty damn satisfied with existence. You could conclude that we’re better off […]

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Why is Our Civilization Dying?

in ask berkun, Philosophy

Each week I take the top voted question from readers and answer it.  With 49 votes, this week’s winner was “Why is Our Civilization Dying?”: Why is Our Civilization Dying? Why are we not moving science forward anymore, but instead get fascinated by ridiculous things like new iPhone model or Facebook or Instagram or 3D printers […]

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How to build a culture of healthy debate?

in ask berkun, Management

From Monday’s pile of questions reader Ev Larsen asked: Assumptions have an unnerving way of becoming facts and received wisdom over time. How do you build some functional assumption-checking into a project team, a process that generates useful feedback and moves the team effort forward? The only real answer to questions of culture is you hire […]

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When to quit working for a bully?

in ask berkun, Management

From Monday’s question pile an anonymous reader asked: After five years of consulting I accepted a full time job with a startup. My hiring manager is someone with whom I’ve worked as a consultant: I knew he had a temper, which is why I declined his first few invitations to work for him. After a full-court press […]

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Should you self publish your first book?

in ask berkun, Writing Well

From Monday’s question pile reader Gutenberg Neto, who has one of the best names ever for questions about publishing, asked: After releasing books both with a publisher and also independently, do you feel like one of the approaches is overall better than the other one? These days, with so many distribution platforms available, it’s easier than ever for anyone […]

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How to find your niche

in ask berkun, Philosophy

From my Monday question pile Jennifer asked: How do you find your niche? This seems like a simple question but the more I thought about it the less I liked it. It’s a question filled with assumptions. Is there just one niche for every person? Can you make your own niche rather than find one? Is this even […]

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My process for blogging

in ask berkun, Writing Well

From my Monday question pile, my friend Angela asked: As an active blogger and communicator, I’m curious your setup. Obviously love your content, but I’m interested in your process. I assume you’re a one man show, so I also assume you’ve got your process locked down because you’re soooo smooth, man! :) xoxo My answer is […]

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Q&A Monday: ask me your questions

in ask berkun

Here’s an experiment: what question do you want me to answer? Something you want advice on? A topic you always wanted my opinion on? Or perhaps a challenge? Leave a comment and I’ll pick a question to answer every day this week, assuming the experiment works and you fine folks leave me some questions.

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Ask Berkun (Friday mailbag)

in ask berkun, Creative Thinking, Management

I get lots of questions and suggestions for things to write about during the week. And while the forums are locked, I’ll answer here instead: Kishore asks: when too many ideas are created in a company, have you seen a efficient (and web 2.0) way for colleagues (every knowledge worker) to rank each other’s ideas […]

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