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.
Restrictions to halt the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China will be intensified, the country‚Äôs health commission minister has said, warning that the virus‚Äôs ability to spread appeared to be getting stronger.
‚ÄúThe transmissibility shows signs of increasing and the ‚Äėwalking source of infection‚Äô [where patients have few signs of disease] has made it difficult to control and prevent the disease,‚ÄĚ said Ma Xiaowei.
Head of powerful CGT tells French president of trouble to come unless he cancels reform
The union leader heading protests against France‚Äôs bitterly contested pension reforms has accused Emmanuel Macron of playing with fire and showing contempt for the country‚Äôs workers.
Philippe Martinez, head of the powerful CGT, said the president and his government were ‚Äúdisconnected‚ÄĚ from the real world, and their advisers needed to ‚Äúshake the hands of a few who actually work‚ÄĚ.
The Observer‚Äôs political editor has reported on Britain‚Äôs place in the EU for more than 30 years. Here he charts the key moments in a stormy relationship and the missed chances to save it from destruction
Last week, with the end of the UK‚Äôs 47-year membership of the club of European nations just days away, I looked back at some newspaper cuttings from my time as a Brussels correspondent. A picture of worried-looking farmers eyeing up their cattle at a market in Banbury stared out alongside banner headlines. ‚ÄúBritish beef banned in Europe. Cattle prices fall. School meals hit. EU ‚Äėrules‚Äô broken.‚ÄĚ Among the many crises in British relations with the EU down the years ‚Äď from Margaret Thatcher‚Äôs bust-up over the European budget in the early 1980s to the UK‚Äôs exit from the ERM in 1992 ‚Äď the beef war between London and Brussels ranks among the biggest.
It was 29 March, 1996, and the European commission had just announced a worldwide ban on the export of British beef. The EU‚Äôs executive opted for decisive action after the Tory government admitted there could be a link between ‚Äúmad cow‚ÄĚ disease and the mutant strain of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which could kill humans. I had been in Brussels less than three months. It was a hugestory, and reading through articles I had written at the time, it felt like yesterday. But what was most striking, as my mind fixed again on events of 24 years ago, was how relevant that one prolonged and tortuous episode seemed today, in the context of Brexit.
‚ÄėGet rid of her. Get her out tomorrow,‚Äô president seems to say of ambassador to Ukraine
Donald Trump demanded the dismissal of Marie Yovanovitch, then US ambassador to Ukraine and now a key figure in the president‚Äôs impeachment trial, according to a video recording released to the media.
The footage was reportedly taken during an April 2018 donor dinner at a hotel and released to news media by an attorney for Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of Trump‚Äôs personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.
UN urges immediate action as east African nations already experiencing devastating hunger see large areas of crops destroyed
The worst outbreak of desert locusts in Kenya in 70 years has seen hundreds of millions of the insects swarm into the east African nation from Somalia and Ethiopia. Those two countries have not had an infestation like this in a quarter century, destroying farmland and threatening an already vulnerable region with devastating hunger.
‚ÄúEven cows are wondering what is happening,‚ÄĚ said Ndunda Makanga, who spent hours Friday trying to chase the locusts from his farm. ‚ÄúCorn, sorghum, cowpeas, they have eaten everything.‚ÄĚ
Ronald Lauder‚Äôs Auschwitz memorial address will demand action against a rising tide of hatred
The president of the World Jewish Congress has accused leaders of contributing to the ‚Äúdrip, drip method‚ÄĚ of spreading antisemitism, comparing it to the defamation campaigns that culminated in the Holocaust.
Ahead of the 75th anniversary on Mondayof the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ronald Lauder said that governments spent too much time talking about the dangers of antisemitism and not enough time tackling it.
Party HQ, under its general secretary, Jenny Formby, has rejected criticism for advertising senior posts in emails to staff
Allies of Jeremy Corbyn have been accused of trying to cement their power at the top of the party after they announced plans to appoint new staff to senior posts before the next leader is elected.
The party sent an email to staff last week advertising posts of head of press and broadcasting, head of policy development, and deputy regional director in London. The applications have to be made by early February.
Less than 48 hours before the inquiry is due to start hearing evidence about ‚Äúdecisions which led to the installation of a highly combustible cladding system‚ÄĚ, Boris Johnson announced Benita Mehra was standing down from a panel advising the chairman of the inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick. It followed 10 days of rising pressure on the prime minister from the community devastated by the fire on 14 June 2017 ‚Äď which claimed 72 lives ‚Äď to reverse her appointment.
Boris Johnson‚Äôs partner and animal rights activist was briefed by Badger Trust weeks before the policy was changed
The influence exerted on the prime minister by his partner, Carrie Symonds, will be explored in court after permission was granted last week for a judicial review into how the government came to pull a cull on badgers in Derbyshire.
The case could embarrass Boris Johnson and raise questions about the government‚Äôs willingness to listen to its advisers when formulating policy.
The Senakw development aims to ease the city‚Äôs chronic housing crisis ‚Äď 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. It‚Äôs one of Canada‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúDelivering smiles‚ÄĚ. 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 city‚Äôs financial district, it is Amazon‚Äôs 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 state‚Äôs religious restrictions
Tel Aviv is one of Israel‚Äôs most dynamic cities, but the latest local craze could appear fairly humdrum to outsiders ‚Äď 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. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a pleasure,‚ÄĚ said Ben Uzan, a 30-year-old electronic engineer. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a blessed initiative.‚ÄĚ
The Garbage Cafe in Ambikapur, India, is helping to tackle the country‚Äôs plastic waste problem ‚Äď 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 Yadav‚Äôs 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. ‚ÄúThe hot meal I get here lasts me all day. And it feels good to sit at a table like everyone else,‚ÄĚ he said.
Five survivors who will return for Monday‚Äôs liberation ceremony recall their experiences at the Nazi death camp
Five survivors of Auschwitz, one of whom is returning for the first time since her incarceration, have told their stories to the Guardian to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi extermination camp, which is being commemorated on Monday.
Aged in their late-80s to mid-90s, they are among the last of just a few hundred remaining survivors, and told their stories from their homes in Melbourne, Montreal, Frankfurt, Berlin, and Esslingen, Switzerland.
Chairman urged to put them at centre of process after panellist quits in conflict of interest row
The chairman of the Grenfell Tower public inquiry is facing calls to change how he deals with survivors and the bereaved when hearings restart after a bruising conflict of interest row resulted in the resignation of a key panellist.
Sir Martin Moore-Bick has been told to ‚Äúbring this process back to putting families at the centre‚ÄĚ by Grenfell United, which represents the majority of those who escaped the fire and lost loved ones. The government declined to say on Sunday when or if it will replace Benita Mehra, who quit on Saturday evening after she was revealed to have links to Arconic, the company which made the tower‚Äôs combustible cladding.
World Animal Protection has welcomed China‚Äôs decision to impose a wildlife trade ban, effective from today.
Kate Nustedt, the organisation‚Äôs global wildlife director, said:
We commend China‚Äôs decision to impose a nationwide ban on wildlife trade in response to the deadly coronavirus outbreak. This ban will prevent the terrible suffering endured by millions upon millions of wild animals across the country.
Crucially, it will also put a stop to the horrific conditions that serve as such a lethal hotbed of disease. We hope that this courageous step is made permanent and extended to all wildlife imports and exports, to help prevent any future crises of this nature.
Israeli prime minister travels to US for unveiling of Donald Trump‚Äôs Middle East peace plan
The Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he hopes to ‚Äúmake history‚ÄĚ during his upcoming visit to the White House for the unveiling of Donald Trump‚Äôs Middle East peace plan.
Addressing his cabinet before departing for the US, Netanyahu described the current environment, characterized by close ties with Trump, as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that Israel should ‚Äúnot miss.‚ÄĚ
Chief medical officer says Australia is ‚Äėincredibly well prepared to isolate and deal with‚Äô any more cases
Australia‚Äôs chief medical officer has warned there will likely be more cases of the deadly coronavirus confirmed in the country, as the federal government explores plans to evacuate Australian citizens from the pandemic‚Äôs epicentre in central China.
Prof Brendan Murphy, Australia‚Äôs chief medical officer, said more cases of 2019-nCoV were likely, following the confirmation of four cases. NSW Health said on Sunday afternoon a fourth person had tested positive, according to their preliminary test results, though more follow-up was needed.
Campaigners say education funding would be ‚Äėinappropriate if not irresponsible‚Äô in light of ban on pregnant girls attending school
An opposition MP and activists in Tanzania are urging the World Bank to withdraw a $500m (¬£381m) loan to the country, amid concerns over deteriorating human rights, particularly for women and girls.
In a letter addressed to the bank‚Äôs board members, Zitto Kabwe said he feared the money would be used by the ruling party ‚Äúto distort our electoral processes‚Äô‚ÄĚ and ensure an easy victory in an election year.
Researchers sound the alarm after statistics reveal almost half of impoverished children in rural areas do not have enough to eat
Poverty has reached unprecedented levels in Zimbabwe, with more than 70% of Zimbabwean children in rural areas living in poverty, a UN study has found.
The report, compiled by Unicef and the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, shows high levels of privation in rural areas, where 76.3% of children live in abject poverty. Statistics seen by the Guardian suggest that almost half of these children do not have enough of the right food to eat.
As the death toll in Yemen passes 100,000, questions must be asked about UK arms exports to the Saudi-led coalition
As British politics reverberates with the results of the general election and Brexit approaches, the announcement from researchers that the death toll in the war in Yemen now exceeds 100,000 went unnoticed in the mainstream press at the end of last year.
With heightened US-Iranian hostility after the US government‚Äôs killing of Qassem Suleimani, the prospects for the war in Yemen look increasingly bleak.
Wellington has restricted foreign political donations but its lax approach to Beijing suggests economic interests still trump national security concerns
Transparency International announced yesterday that New Zealand is the least corrupt country in the world. This is excellent news, but New Zealand cannot afford to rest on its laurels.
Transparency International‚Äôs Corruption Perception Index assesses whether countries have a corrupt judiciary and public sector. Some other aspects where corruption can also occur, such as political funding, are not included in the index.
Footage obtained from Parnas's lawyer, dating back to April 2018, appears to show Donald Trump ordering attendees at a meal to 'get rid' of the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The video surfaced on Saturday 25 January.
Although they have been pictured together, Trump has said of Parnas: 'I don‚Äôt know him, I don‚Äôt believe I‚Äôve ever spoken to him. I don‚Äôt need the help of a man I haven‚Äôt met before, other than perhaps taken a picture.' The removal of Yovanovitch has played a key role in the current impeachment proceedings against the president
Huge locust swarms in east Africa are the result of extreme weather swings and could prove catastrophic for a region still reeling from drought and deadly floods. Dense clouds of the ravenous insects have spread from Ethiopia and Somalia into Kenya, in the region‚Äôs worse infestation in decades
Representatives from Europe, Russia and America warned against the resurgence of antisemitism at a memorial event at the World Holocaust Forum in Jerusalem. Prince Charles, representing Britain, said the lessons of the Holocaust were 'searingly relevant to this day'
Authorities have shut down public transport and airports to prevent Wuhan's 11 million residents from leaving the city as they look to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Police have been seen patrolling railway stations and setting up roadblocks
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