5 Facets to Covert Operating

Written by: Jonathan
Secrets of a Secret Agent If you want to see psychology in action, look no further than spies. They're essentially mind readers in the fact that they can fully get inside the minds of the people around them, and then blend in without a trace. These skills aren't simply useful if you're behind enemy lines; […]
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One Event, Two Outcomes

Written by: Jonathan
In high school & college I was a competitive debater. I wasn't naturally well-spoken and quick on my feet. I think almost entirely in pictures, so it was difficult for me to translate those images into coherent ideas that are easy to understand in words. With that background, I absolutely love watching live debates; especially […]
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How Do You Motivate Employees (& Yourself)?

Written by: Jonathan
Extrinsic vs Intrinsic Rewards Extrinsic rewards are physical objects or tangible benefits bestowed by an outside agency (like winning a trophy or a gold medal). Intrinsic rewards are the feelings & emotions accompanying an activity for its own merit (like the feeling of accomplishment at the top of Mt. Everest). There are thousands of ways employers have […]
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Office Politics

Written by: Jonathan
"Keeps your friends close, and your enemies closer." ~Machiavelli Sometimes in a corporate setting, you have to go into a meeting knowing that there's a huge target painted on your back. There's that one guy (for whatever reason) who is going to come at you with both barrels, and you'd prefer to minimize the damage. […]
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First Lessons

Written by: Jonathan
One of the first things you figure out when you learn to read minds is just how boring people are. So completely, unbelievably dull. Sure, being a mind reader sounds like fun until you think about how awful your Facebook feed is, and that’s the stuff your friends thought was worth sharing. Now imagine what they […]
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Communicate Easier

Written by: Jonathan
People think if they had the power to read minds it would lead to easier communication. The surprising thing is, there would be very little improvement from what you have already. The assumption is you'd get a more accurate "truth" because you'd know exactly how people feel instead of what they tell you. Over the […]
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Insights from a Pickpocket

Written by: Jonathan
Daniel Martin is a magician and a dear friend of mine. We're both left handed, devastatingly good looking, and in the business of lying to people. He can do lots of things I can't do. He can steal watches. If you ever have the pleasure of experiencing him steal your watch first-hand, it's deeply disturbing. You think you'd […]
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Mission Statement

Written by: Jonathan
Be a person of integrity and a source of positive change in the world through the use of knowledge and application of fundamental principles of life.
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Welcome to the Site

Written by: Jonathan
Here is where I will be posting my daily happenings.
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