“Innovation: A Critical Necessity”

November 23, 2022

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To wrap up this month’s Top of Mind, let’s turn our attention to groups and organizations. While individuals can clearly benefit from things like the flow state or learning to use effectual reasoning, how can an organization better embrace this energy too? The short answer is innovation. Now a buzzword used by all manner of marketers, salespeople, and large companies to imply forward-thinking, many companies and…

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“Why Is Internal Locus Of Control Important To An Entrepreneur?”

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. When considering how to get into a state of flow or to use effectuation, perhaps the most important first step is to focus on what we individually have control over. Are you focusing on what others do to you, or are you looking at how your choices and behaviors guide you into the future? These types of questions are central to understanding one’s locus of control. …

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“What is Effectuation? Effectuation 101”

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Effectuation, or as we at ELI, like to say, “go in order to know,” is a crucial feature of an entrepreneurial mindset. For decades, MBA students and budding entrepreneurs have learned to analyze market research, create a business plan, and look for ways to predict all outcomes for a future endeavor. But for most entrepreneurs making a go of it on their own, the exact opposite…

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“Flow state: How to trigger the best performance of your life”

Originally posted in our November 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. Have you ever found yourself in a state of near effortless focus? Where you aren’t paying attention to your phone or other tasks and instead are hyper-concentrated on a particular project or job. This situation is what it is like to be in a state of flow.  Long-time followers of our work at ELI will know that the “Godfather of Flow Psychology,” Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, has profoundly…

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“Strong Winds Strong Roots: What Trees Teach Us About Life”

October 26, 2022

Originally posted in our October 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To conclude this month’s Top of Mind newsletter, we visit an ecological experiment set in a desert called the biodome. In it are, seemingly, the perfect conditions for growing fruits, vegetables, and trees, and it was a place where humans could live happily for months at a time. “When the trees grew to a certain height, they would topple over. It baffled scientists until they realized…

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“How William James Can Save Your Life”

Originally posted in our October 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. What’s the point of it all? This question has led to a range of discourses in psychology, philosophy, and religion. One philosopher from the turn of the 20th century spoke very openly about this in an 1895 lecture titled “Is Life Worth Living?” William James, often referred to as the father of American Psychology sought to understand this question to save himself. He framed this type…

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“The Secrets of Resilience”

Originally posted in our October 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. While few of us would wish for adversity, much can be learned from those who overcame it to achieve success. One study, referenced in this piece from the Wall Street Journal, sought to do just that. In the study turned book from 1962, Victor and Mildred Goertzel analyzed the lives of (at the time) 400 eminent figures around the world. What they found was that 75%,…

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“How to use anxiety to your advantage”

Originally posted in our October 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. If someone asked you if you feel anxious often, it’s a fair assumption that you would say, “yes, absolutely!” Anxiety, both the medical diagnosis and the general feeling, seems to have increased over the last two decades. In this piece from the BBC in October 2022, author Tracy Dennis-Tiwary discusses the role of strong emotions, namely anxiety, in how we interact with the world. “[E]motions are…

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“How to Change Your Workplace”

September 27, 2022

Originally posted in our September 2022 Top of Mind Newsletter. To close out this month’s Top of Mind Newsletter, let’s apply some of what we’ve learned about our individual minds to collectives. In any established organization, workers will have seen any number of “change initiatives,” from reducing waste in a corporate setting, improving customer feedback, or developing new programs to improve employee morale. And we often hear about how these initiatives do not work or how…

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