Consciously Curated: On Game Theory, Toxic People, Writing Better and Yelling

Consciously Curated is a roundup of inspiring and empowering news and information from across the web to keep you thinking good and your better self:

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Wired: Games Parents Play
Kids are master manipulators. They play up their charms, pit adults against one another, and engage in loud, public wailing. So it’s your job to keep up with them, Carnegie Mellon’s Kevin Zollman says. His new book, The Game Theorist’s Guide to Parenting—written with journalist Paul Raeburn—explains how.

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On Fatherhood, Entrepreneurship and Finding Community – A Conversation with Communications Strategist Andrew MacDowell

Suite Talk podcast with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, on being successful at entrepreneurship and fatherhood.
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In this episode, we speak with Andrew MacDowell, the founder of Brooklyn Strategic, a coalition of specialized communications agencies and media production groups based in New York City and Washington, DC. Together, they develop and implement amazing digital campaigns and strategic communications programs in the social purpose, educational, philanthropic, and financial sectors.

With over two decades of experience in communications, Andrew is an industry leader who brings a wealth of business savvy having worked in large and mid-sized firms, in addition to launching several successful entrepreneurial endeavors.

I met Andrew when our oldest kids were almost two-years-old and attending the same preschool in Washington DC. Bonding first as fathers—sharing our hopes and fears for our families, Andrew and I eventually discovered we had similar professional interests and quickly became sounding boards for each other.

Our conversation, is a must listen if you are like me and so many in the Thinking Good community who want to get the most out of your professional pursuits while also giving the most to your personal passions.

We’ll hear more from Andrew, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Dr. Jay Speights on Learning to Listen to Wisdom

How parents, grandparents and elders can be better teachers and leaders. Photo by London Scout – Courtesy of Unsplash

Here is an excerpt from our forthcoming Suite Talk podcast with Dr. Jay Speights. In this segment, we talk about why is it important to listen to the wisdom of our parents, grandparents and other elders, but also how they (and we) can be better teachers and leaders.

In the full-interview (look for it soon) we take a dive deeper in our earlier conversation on being the conductor of your own symphony. We’ll hear more from Dr. Speights on a range of topics, but for now lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Suite Talk: Interview with Acacia Bamberg Salatti, Part 2 – Family, Faith, Leading, Following, Living and Dying

Acacia Bamberg Salatti

Here’s the second half of our conversation with  Acacia Bamberg Salatti, the author of “A Leading Actor Learns to Love the Supporting Role,” a deeply emotional and inspiring piece. Our talk with Acacia is a probative examination of the many issues raised in her article.

In case you missed to first part of the chat you can find it here.  As always we invite you to lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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Consciously Curated: New Ideas for the New Year, Setting Your Kids Up for Success and Giving Your Kid Pot

Here is a roundup of news and information from other sources across the web to help you keep thinking good:

Technology Reviews: How Do People Get New Ideas

“A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one respect is often eccentric in others. Consequently, the person who is most likely to get new ideas is a person of good background in the field of interest and one who is unconventional in his habits. (To be a crackpot is not, however, enough in itself.)”

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Suite Talk: Interview with Executive Coach Matt Cross of Performance Applied

Matt Cross, founder of Performance Applied

In this episode of Suite Talk we hear from Matt Cross, the founder of Performance Applied, which provides executive coaching for rising leaders.

Our conversation focuses on the differences between management and leadership and how you can apply a leader’s mindset not just in the workplace, but in all areas of your life.

Matt’s mission is to help you perform at a higher level by keeping you out of the weeds and focused on what matters most! Check out his nifty five-day action plan to help you take stock of where you are and where you want to go.

An expert in organizational psychology and leadership, Matt has an intense curiosity for how individuals win the inner game and perform at their peak.

Here’s some of the material referenced in our conversation:

We’ll hear from Matt again soon, but for now, lean in, lean back and enjoy!

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4 Wise Wealth Tips for Your Wallet

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Now that all the presents are unwrapped, half of the new toys already broken and that carton of egg nog is finally empty. You might be left nursing a hangover from that epic New Year’s Eve party you went to as you contemplate the very meaning of your existence. At some point, you might have given thought to what the New Year is going to hold for you. In the aftermath of the holidays, most of us are left with a renewed sense of family or a reminder of why we never talk to some people. For a lot of us, the beginning of the year is a chance to get off to a good start. Whether it’s implementing that workout regimen that you’ve been off and on with the last few years, or figuring out how you can squeeze in more time to volunteer at your favorite charity.

The New Year is also a great time to revisit your financial goals and kick start any plans that you have been putting on hold. Since we often have multiple financial goals competing for limited dollars, the first thing to do is prioritize our goals. For most people those goals are going to include saving for retirement, paying down debt, buying a home, and if you have young children, saving for college and making sure that they are OK if anything happens to you.

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Thoughts on America, on this day

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Photo by Edewaa Fosterhttp://iipixphotography.com

My oldest son, Middleton, was born on July 4th in Washington DC. A few hours, later fireworks erupted in celebration across our nation—I’d like to think in honor of him.

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