And then it was April!  Almost Mid-April….

In this post I’ve pulled together a few of the things I’ve been watching, reading and listening to in the past month or so.  I’d love to know if you’ve seen, read, heard them too and what you thought – or if you have any suggestions on what I should read, hear, see next!

Watching: I know this is a couple of years old, but I read Susan Cain’s excellent ‘Quiet’ book over Christmas and have only just got around to watching the Ted Talk.  If you haven’t watched this, do yourself a favour.  As an introvert, I found both the book and the talk quite affirming (maybe I’m not so strange after all).  Far from being anti-Extrovert, I think instead it gives our more social counterparts a bit of an understanding of why some people are a little more reserved.  It really is a must for anyone who interacts with people…. or manages them, or interviews them….  just watch it why don’t you!


Reading:  There’s been a number of articles that have caught my fancy and my imagination in the past month or so.

  • I think this one, from brain juicer is a must read for anyone working in research. Research in a World without Questions.  Throws up some very good challenges to the ‘traditional ways of doing things’.  How do we get a better read on System 1 thinking, whilst not either over engaging or negating System 2.  Some good food for thought.
  • I’ve been delving (re-delving?) into the world of Behavioural Sciences & BE – and currently juggling between Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Hooked by Nir Eyal and The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.  Too many books, not enough time and hard to prioritise!!
  • I’m also just at the beginning of Essentialism: The disciplined pursuit of less by Greg McKeown.  I’ve only got about 1 chapter in so far, so looking forward to reporting back next month on how this one goes.


Listening: It would probably be good if I linked a learned and intellectual podcast here.  Perhaps about the merits of Behavioural Economics or a big society issue.  Perhaps in April.   For the past month and a bit I’ve been listening to Chet Faker’s Built of Glass.  If you’re a fan, you should check out their ‘Like a Version’ of Sonia Dada’s (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good No More.

I’ll leave that one here for you to enjoy at your leisure!

Well, tweeps, can you believe Q1 2015 is over already! On to Q2 – What have you got planned?  What are your ‘big thoughts’ for the month or things you’re hoping to find out more about?  Me, I’m still on my quest for clarity – how we can tell better stories as researchers.  I’m also diving more deeply into some of the BE work and wider to Behavioural Sciences in general, to think about how we can take these findings and incorporate them into the ways we do things OR (more excitingly, I think) CHANGE the way we do things as researchers.

Hope you’re all having a great April!

-Keep Smiling!


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