Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
Seven Questions to Improve Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life
One of the most powerful tools we have as humans is our ability to ask questions. The more adept we are at asking them (and waiting for and listening to the answers), the more effective we will be. Here are seven great questions to use everyday.
1. Why? Asking "why?" is a powerful way to gain an understanding of the causes of problems we encounter. Ask the question again and again to uncover the root causes of your problems.
2. What did I learn? This most basic reflective question is key to progress in any phase of your life. Take the time to ask this question each day.
3. How can I help you? By focusing on attention on the needs of others you will be improving ourselves, as well as our relationships.
4. What if? This question helps you free your creativity to look for new solutions or just to see new possibilities for yourself.
5. How can this be improved? This question focuses you on improving your situation. It helps you focus on the current situation and how to take your results to a new level.
6. How can I show my gratitude? A spirit of thankfulness is key to long-term happiness. Thinking about how to show gratitude (and then doing it!) will also help strengthen your relationships.
7. What is the best use of my time now? Asking this classic question helps to refocus on what's most important to us, whenever we ask it.
A group of 24 senior diplomats and defence officials, including four former Nato secretary generals, have urged Donald Trump to save âpotentially hundreds of thousands of livesâ across the Middle East by easing medical and humanitarian sanctions on Iran.
In lawsuit, Michael Sanchez has accused AMI of plot to âscapegoatâ him, and has cast doubt on claim that he was the âsole sourceâ
A top executive at the tabloid publisher behind the National Enquirer said in a private email that he was âsaving for my tombstoneâ the untold story of how the tabloid uncovered a 2019 exclusive about Jeff Bezosâs extramarital relationship, according to a lawsuit against the publisher.
The claim raises new questions about how American Media Inc (AMI) discovered the Amazon CEOâs relationship, and how it obtained knowledge of explicit sexual photographs that Bezos, one of the worldâs richest men, has alleged were used against him by the publisher for âextortion and blackmailâ.
Watchdog to release first report blaming president for attacks during the conflict
The UNâs chemical weapons watchdog is expected to release its first report explicitly blaming Bashar al-Assad for sarin and chlorine gas attacks on civilians in Syria as efforts to establish accountability for the use of chemical agents in the nine-year-old conflict gain momentum.
Observers anticipate that the report by a new unit at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will be published on Wednesday, the second anniversary of a major chlorine attack on the then rebel-held Damascus suburb of Douma that killed at least 85 people. The report focuses on the Douma incident as well as sarin attacks on the villages of al-Lataminah and Khan Sheikhun in 2017, the latter of which also caused dozens of casualties.
At least 20 mobile phone masts across the UK are believed to have been torched or otherwise vandalised since Thursday, according to government and industry sources who are increasingly concerned about the impact of baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks.
There have been noticeable clusters of attacks on masts around Liverpool and the West Midlands. Owing to the slow rollout of 5G in the UK, many of the masts that have been vandalised did not contain the technology and the attacks merely damaged 3G and 4G equipment.
Most new electricity globally was green and coronavirus bailouts must boost this further, says agency
Almost three-quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record. New data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) shows solar, wind and other green technologies now provide more than one-third of the worldâs power, marking another record.
Fossil fuel power plants are in decline in Europe and the US, with more decommissioned than built in 2019. But the number of coal and gas plants grew in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. In the Middle East, which owns half the worldâs oil reserves, just 26% of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 was renewable.
System of sensors and cameras would turn loo into âdaily clinicâ and detect problems early
A smart toilet boasting pressure sensors, artificial intelligence and a camera has been unveiled by researchers who say it could provide a valuable way to keep tabs on our health.
The model is the latest version of an idea that has been around for several years: a system that examines our daily movements in an effort to spot the emergence of diseases. Such an approach, experts say, has an advantage over wearable devices, since individuals do not need to remember to use the system.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm star praises Allenâs book, Apropos of Nothing, after protests greeted the first attempt to publish it
Larry David has expressed his support for Woody Allen after reading the latterâs newly published autobiography, Apropos of Nothing, saying: âItâs hard to [think] that this guy did anything wrong.â
In an interview published in the New York Times, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star and Seinfeld co-creator said : âYeah, itâs pretty great, itâs a fantastic book, so funny âŠ You feel like youâre in the room with him âŠ and itâs hard to walk away after reading that book thinking that this guy did anything wrong.â
The Senakw development aims to ease the cityâs chronic housing crisis â and to challenge the mindset that indigeneity and urbanity are incompatible
The scrubby, vacant patch beneath the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver looks at first glance like a typical example of the type of derelict nook common to all cities: 11.7 acres of former railway lands, over which tens of thousands of people drive every day.
This is not any old swath of underused space, however. Itâs one of Canadaâs smallest First Nations reserves, where dozens of Squamish families once lived. The village was destroyed by provincial authorities more than a century ago.
Amazon have arrived in force in rapidly expanding Hyderabad, with designs on the currently almost non-existent Indian e-commence market
The futuristic lobby of the new Amazon building in Hyderabad feels as though it should have a permanent orchestra blasting out Also Sprach Zarathustra. The scale is intended to awe. A large slogan on a wall suggests the company is âDelivering smilesâ. The only sound that rises above the hush is a synthesised beep, coming from a giant screen playing a video of the campus at various stages of its construction.
Built on nine acres in this Indian cityâs financial district, it is Amazonâs single largest building globally and the only Amazon-owned campus outside the US. It can house over 15,000 employees, but its size is its main architectural feature: it resembles the same cube of glass steel and chrome seen in corporate offices across Hyderabad, though a flash of magenta reflected in one of the top floor windows, from a billowing sari across the road, is a nice Indian touch.
Minibuses that run on Friday evenings and Saturdays buck stateâs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israelâs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders â a bus service that runs at weekends.
Packed 19-seat minibuses fill up fast with passengers, who excitedly gossip about the new routes. People patiently queue at bus stops, knowing they might have to wait for two or three buses to pass before there is a space. Still, they are upbeat. âItâs a pleasure,â said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. âItâs a blessed initiative.â
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the countryâs plastic waste problem â and their novel idea is catching on
On bad days, when his employer made some excuse for not paying him his paltry daily wage, Ram Yadavâs main meal used to be dry chapatis, with salt and raw onion for flavour. Sometimes he just went hungry. For a ragpicker like him, one of the thousands of Indians who make a living bringing in plastic waste for recycling, eating in a cafe or restaurant was the stuff of fairytales.
But last week, Yadav was sitting at a table at the Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, in the state of Chhattisgarh, over a piping hot meal of dal, aloo gobi, poppadoms and rice. He earned the food in exchange for bringing in 1kg of plastic waste. âThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,â he said.
On lockdown and feeling the urge to bake, but missing something apparently vital? Then pinch some ideas from great bakers past and present
Cake has taken on a new significance now that most of us are stuck at home all day, every day. Weâre comfort-eating and baking like thereâs no tomorrow. But what do you do when you fancy a sponge, but canât find eggs or your oven is broken and no one will fix it? Here are some recipes to get you through every ingredient shortfall.
If we suggest you replace one missing ingredient with another that you donât have, or that you would normally never dream of buying, bear in mind that no two kitchen cupboards are the same and you may find that grocers can still supply âfancyâ alternatives such as ricotta or flaxseeds while the staples are but a memory.
Judge hears that Stuart Lunt, who admitted misconduct, must look after child during lockdown
A former detective constable who admitted inappropriate contact with women he met in the course of his duties has been given a suspended sentence after a judge heard that no one else could care for his one-year-old child during the coronavirus lockdown.
Stuart Lunt, 36, from Appley Bridge, Wigan, exploited the womenâs trust and attempted to form sexual relationships with them, and did so with one woman, Liverpool crown court was told.
Iranâs health spokesman has been forced to backtrack after he described Chinese official figures on the coronavirus outbreak as a sick joke, Patrick Wintour, the Guardianâs diplomatic editor, reports. Chinese Iranian relations are normally warm partly since China is one of the major markets for Iranian oil.
Kianoosh Jahanpour made the remarks at a press conference and a tweet on Sunday adding China had given the impression that coronavirus was just influenza but with fewer deaths. His tweet led led to a reproach from the Chinese Ambassador to Iran Chang Hua. He said that the Ministry of Health of China has a press conference every day. âI suggest that you read their news very carefully in order to draw conclusionsâ.
Chinese ambassador to Iran semi-buries diplomatic hatchet after Iranian health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour on Sunday described Chinese Coronavirus statistics as "a bitter joke", and today issues a statement praising China's friendship and help. China was not amused. https://t.co/5Z3am6zEgi
There were 636 more deaths from coronavirus in Italy on Monday, 111 more than the number registered on Sunday, bringing the death toll in Italy to 16,523, Angela Giuffrida reports from Orvieto.
The number of current new infections increased by 1,941, a rise of 2% since Sunday and the lowest day-to-day rise registered since 30 March. For the third day in a row, there was a decrease in the number of intensive care beds in use.
âThe virus does not discriminate,â suggested Michael Gove after both Boris Johnson and the health secretary, Matt Hancock, were struck down by Covid-19. But societies do. And in so doing, they ensure that the devastation wreaked by the virus is not equally shared.
We can see this in the way that the low paid both disproportionately have to continue to work and are more likely to be laid off; in the sacking of an Amazon worker for leading a protest against unsafe conditions; in the rich having access to coronavirus tests denied to even most NHS workers.
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New York governor Andrew Cuomo said the âstay at homeâ order needs to be enforced more strictly, after being asked about reports of Orthdox Jewish communities ignoring the social distancing restrictions to hold funerals.
âI donât care if youâre Orthdox Jewish, Catholic, Christian Muslim,â Cuomo said. âItâs the job of local government to enforce.â
Today I am increasing the maximum fine for violations of state-mandated social distancing rules from $500 to $1000.
This is an enemy we have underestimated since day one.
This is not the time to be lax. We need to #StayHome and stay properly distanced.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo expressed surprise at New York City officials saying some bodies of coronavirus patients may need to be buried in parks because morgues are overwhelmed.
âI havenât heard anything about the city burying people in parks,â Cuomo said. âI havenât heard that thereâs an issue.â
Up to 100,000 women could be left unable to support families as brothels are closed amid fears of Covid-19 outbreak
The government of Bangladesh has started sending emergency food and aid to the tens of thousands of women working in the countryâs commercial sex industry as brothels across the country close.
To try to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the authorities have ordered the lockdown of the sex industry, closing the countryâs biggest brothel in Goalanda in the Rajbari District of Dhaka until 5 April along with many others across the country.
Home Office urged to âact urgentlyâ to rescue vulnerable minors and reunite them with family while flights still available
After seven months of waiting, Ahmed* had everything ready for his younger brother. Finally, 18-year-old Wahid was due to arrive from the Greek island of Samos under family reunion laws.
But on 19 March, as Covid-19 took hold across Europe, the Greek authorities called to tell him the transfer had been cancelled because of the growing restrictions on flights. Greece had suspended direct flights to the UK but indirect routes are still available.
Brazil is bracing for a surge in coronavirus cases as doctors and researchers warn that underreporting and a lack of testing mean nobody knows the real scale of Covid-19âs spread.
âWhatâs happening is enormous underreporting,â said Isabella RĂȘllo, a doctor working in emergency and intensive care in Rio de Janeiro hospitals, in a widely shared Facebook post challenging official numbers. âThere are MANY more,â she wrote.
After a two-month break, the Alan Kurdi migrant rescue boat is heading back out into the central Mediterranean, as asylum seekers continue to attempt the desperate journey to reach Europe despite coronavirus fears.
The boat, operated by the German NGO Sea-Eye, left the Spanish port of CastellĂłn de la Plana on Tuesday and is expected to reach waters off the coast of Libya this weekend.
Lombardy is one of the richest and most productive regions in Italy and Bergamo is its beating heart. It is also my home town: the city where I spent my childhood and adolescence. The provinceâs million inhabitants are characterised by a strong sense of belonging: to region and to family. They take pride too in a no-nonsense, practical approach to life and a powerful work ethic.
Today, Bergamo holds the European record that no town wants: it is the place where the coronavirus pandemic has cast its darkest shadow. Bergamo is a lazaretto of pain, where the priority of hospital managers is to select only the patients they think will survive. Its undertakers are so overwhelmed they have to ask neighbouring communes to take their corpses for cremation.
Most people recover from Covid-19 within a week and cannot even be certain they had it, as they probably wonât be tested. The advice is to stay home, rest and take paracetamol. In 80% of cases, that is the end of it.
But NHS advice is that if the symptoms â mainly the dry cough, temperature and fatigue â have not gone by the end of a week, or they get worse, people should seek medical help.
In his role as first secretary of state, the prime ministerâs de facto deputy, Dominic Raab will be expected to stand in for Boris Johnson if he is unable to work because of coronavirus.
While other ministers, including the health secretary Matt Hancock and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, have been more visible during the Covid-19 outbreak, that position means he takes up the prime ministerâs responsibilities if Johnson were unable to perform them himself.
A care worker has vented her anger after being turned away from priority access at an Aldi supermarket while trying to buy food for an elderly client.'We're frontline workers just as much as the NHS, the police, the fire brigade,' said Marion Kilmurray in a video posted to Facebook. 'Who's going to do our job if we don't?' Aldi has apologised for the incident
The Queen has praised Britainâs 'national spirit' in facing the challenge of coronavirus as she evoked wartime memories to reassure those 'feeling a painful sense of separation from their loved ones' to take comfort in the fact: 'We will meet again.'
Scotlandâs chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, has apologised after she visited her second home in Fife in breach of her own advice to avoid travel. Calderwood was pictured on Saturday with her family taking a walk with their dog in the East Neuk, a picturesque area on the Firth of Forth about 45 miles from her main home in Edinburgh
Donald Trump has warned Americans that the toll from coronavirus in the US will be 'the toughest' during the next two weeks, saying there will be 'a lot of death'. According to the Johns Hopkins University in Maryland, by Saturday evening more than 305,000 cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed in the US, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths
The health secretary has said people should not go outside to sunbathe, even if they practise social distancing.
Speaking to Sophy Ridge on Sky News, Matt Hancock said: 'We are absolutely clear that you should not leave your home unless it is for one of four reasons: for medical reasons, to buy food, to go to work if you can't work at home, or for exercise. We're crystal in the guidance on what people should do â that guidance is backed up by law. It is not a request, it is a requirement in law'
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