From Love to Leadership:

The soft skills that separate successful careers & relationships 

1. READ

Snippet reading with images in sets of 3's, because that's how our brain processes them best. Shorter than 1 book, packing the punch of dozens.

2. REFLECT

Did you know? We lose 40% of what we read almost immediately, 80% just days later, if we don't retrieve it. Introspecive journal prompts underscore each lesson.

3. REQUEST

Have a question? Don't waste time scouring Google. Ask and we'll add research based on your queries. We're a living, breathing course, growing alongside you.

4. REVEAL

Personal data is always private. However, data at an aggregate school or company-wide level can help students and employees voice issues anonymously.

Mission 1 - Master your mind

We start with our thoughts and emotions because they are core to everything else: how we overcome setbacks, how we deal with self-doubt. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is less than 1% of what we teach.

Even just after the first mission I realized it was already putting me in a healthier mindset. After tracking how I felt each day I decided to make concrete changes.

Mission 2 - Mark your path

Our brains are wired for stories. We tell them to our clients, managers, first dates. Learn how making sense of yours impacts not just your well-being, but that of those around you. Modeled off one of the most popular courses at Harvard Business School: Authentic Leadership Development.

I am as reclusive as they come, so having a mentor is something I did not like... until I read this mission. This might be the most important part of the entire course.

Mission 3 - Goal get 'em

At Harvard Business School, they asked us to list our top 3 values. But, they didn't tell us about the Schwartz theory of basic values or the wealth of science behind achievement and fulfillment. Discover your why, plan your what, then apply real-world strategies from software development to figure how, by when.

A unique blend of ethics and achievement. I've read a lot of things on goal-setting over 20 years, but there were things in this mission I'd never encountered before.

Mission 4 - Minimize regret, manage time

Regret is one of the worst emotions in human experience. This follows Mission 3 because each goal comes at the cost of another opportunity. Learn to recover from regret and practice time management strategies. From social media's effect on self-esteem to the cost of context-switching, prevent faulting yourself in the future. 

I couldn't sleep for hours; it was hard but cathartic. Missions 1-3 were easy, but Mission 4 started to get intense -- in a good way.

Mission 5 - Decision-making: a process

Hedge funds often take a structured approach to their stock picks, a process used to scrutinize each decision before and after to identify how to improve. How often do we find ourselves in our daily lives making the same mistakes time and again? Can't remember why you made that decision? Just visit your private time capsule. More than a pro/con, we share how to research, measure, review, & refine.

This mission made me realize I too often "ask for feedback" to really seek external validation; my mind wasn't truly open to an opposing viewpoint.

Mission 6 - Mind-body health

Manage stress from the inside out. Common knowledge says to sleep well, eat well, exercise, but here we present the science on direct links to your anxiety or performance, from the brain in your gut to body image. Mindfulness, like CBT, is covered here, but is less than 1% of what we teach. 

This is information that everyone needs to know. I especially like how all missions tie together, i.e. how stress, sleep, or body image connects to missions 1 & 2.

Mission 7 - Attachment styles & relationships

Now that you've mastered 1-6, the "Manage Yourself" missions, you've graduated on to managing your relationship with others. Relationship science has great relevance for the workplace. Couples simply happen to be easier to put in a lab. 

My wife and I have been married for 7 years. This helped not only how we talk to one another, but our relationship in general.

Mission 8 - Express support. Resolve conflict.

Apply rules of fair fighting both in the home and workplace. Research from the Gottman Institute will change the way you encourage peers or manage anger. Research on ostracism and jealousy informs everything from diversity & inclusion, to remote loneliness, to office politics.

In stressful situations, we tend to blame others. After Capsule, I talk out problems with my family, friends, significant others before they become a problem.

Mission 9 - Leadership & your legacy

What does it actually mean to develop emotional intelligence? Learn the science behind the importance of warmth and competence, the statistics behind what makes a great leader, the studies behind giving and receiving feedback. 

You can't understand Mission 9 without 1-8. All the missions tie into self-awareness, something never made obvious in other management books/trainings. It's the most coherent leadership course I've ever seen.

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